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Old 07-02-2015, 01:33 PM
 
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What is the reasoning behind this? Especially because Québec celebrates St-Jean-Baptiste Day (Jun 24th) as their national holiday instead of Canada day, even though French Canadians founded Canada and coined the term 'Canadian'? Apparently Canada Day in Québec is known as Fête du déménagement or 'Moving Day' and isntead of being a national holiday is instead a day when people just clean out their homes and transfer boxes between residences.

Canada Day in Québec (July 1st):



St. Jean-Baptiste Day in Québec (June 24th):


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Old 07-02-2015, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Canada Day is celebrated in Quebec to some degree. Just not as energetically as in most of the rest of the country.

But yes, June 24 (St-Jean-Baptiste) is the more popular day for sure and where you have the biggest celebrations. It is also referred to as "la fête nationale (du Québec)".

It's worth noting that the June 24 celebration has a much longer history than Canada Day (July 1).

June 24 is basically the original national holiday in this part of the world. Some people trace back its roots to the first half of the 1600s. It has had its ups and downs since then but has always been celebrated in some way.

Canada Day marks the current Canadian political set-up (Confederation) that was agreed upon on July 1, 1, 1867.

I believe it was marked by ceremonies and other events even in the first part of the 20th century but it only truly became a huge public celebration (in Ottawa and other cities) around the 1970s and 1980s.

This coincided with a major resurgence of St-Jean-Baptiste festivities in Quebec, with a nationalist and even separatist angle to them.

The Canadian government wanted something to compete with that so they boosted the July 1 holiday significantly, changed the name from the old "Dominion Day" to "Canada Day", and the rest is history.
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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National Moving Day became National Moving Day in 1974 (that is, before any separatist government came to power in Quebec) whereby the standard lease starting date was moved up from May 1st to July 1st so as not to inconvenience families with school-aged children.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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I believe [Dominion, then Canada, Day] was marked by ceremonies and other events even in the first part of the 20th century but it only truly became a huge public celebration (in Ottawa and other cities) around the 1970s and 1980s.

This coincided with a major resurgence of St-Jean-Baptiste festivities in Quebec, with a nationalist and even separatist angle to them.

The Canadian government wanted something to compete with that so they boosted the July 1 holiday significantly, changed the name from the old "Dominion Day" to "Canada Day", and the rest is history.
This is pretty much correct, although I'm unsure which came first--big St-Jean-Baptiste festivities in Quebec, or big Canada Day celebrations elsewhere a week later--but I agree with AJ that Canada Day only truly became a huge public celebration around the 1970s and 1980s.

Prior to that, it was nothing more than a day off at the start of summer. The kids were out of school, and it was time to head for the cottage. That was pretty much it; there were no fireworks, or politicians with speeches, or bands playing "Live from Parliament Hill!". It was fairly quiet, and it was no more important than Good Friday or Labour Day. I never recall fireworks and celebrations on Dominion Day when I was a child. Those were for Victoria Day in May.
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:44 AM
 
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Whatever Canada Day is or was, for me its a day to celebrate Canada and take pride in being a member/citizen of a great country,my country Canada.
Why isnt Canada day a big deal in Quebec? Quebec is a Canadian province its population is Canadian if they dont want to celebrate Canada day but would rather celebrate something called fete national the week before , come to your own conclusions.

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Old 07-03-2015, 04:19 AM
 
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Whatever Canada Day is or was, for me its a day to celebrate Canada and take pride in being a member/citizen of a great country,my country Canada.
Why isnt Canada day a big deal in Quebec? Quebec is a Canadian province its population is Canadian if they dont want to celebrate Canada day but would rather celebrate something called fete national the week before , come to your own conclusions.
Aren't you from Florida?
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:44 AM
 
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Aren't you from Florida?
So what if i am?What relevance does that have with the topic?

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Old 07-03-2015, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Southern Quebec
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We put out a few small fleur de lys flags on the 24th of June, and a large Canadian flag up on the 1st of July.

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Old 07-03-2015, 10:42 AM
 
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Because for French Quebecois Canada is not our country and they broke our agreements.

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Old 07-03-2015, 11:53 AM
 
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To go along with your post No Manners,=
"The Night of Long Knives"
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