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Old 07-13-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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Sort of an out there thing I have been wondering for a while. Since their ancestors were expelled from from the lands that became Canada should they be allowed to claim Canadian citizenship or some sort of long term work visa?
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:00 PM
 
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Yes. Though do many Cajuns still speak French? If they returned to say Montreal, how would they adjust if they now only speak English.
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:07 PM
 
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Yes. Though do many Cajuns still speak French? If they returned to say Montreal, how would they adjust if they now only speak English.
Percentage wise not many speak it as a first language, but I think in pure numbers it is in the tens of thousands. It should be noted that Cajun French has evolved to be rather different from the French spoken in either Canada or France.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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A few points:

- "Canada" did not really exist at the time the ancestors of the Cajuns were expelled from Acadia. Acadia was (newly) British and present-day Quebec was still New France.

- If the Cajuns were to do an ''aaliyah'' and return to present-day Canada, it most likely wouldn't logically be to Montreal or Quebec, but to the Maritime provinces.

- Some Cajuns today have a relationship with the Québécois (singer Zachary Richard comes to mind immediately), but overall if there are any remaining affinities for most people today they are with the Acadiens of the Maritime provinces. (Who are much less numerous than the Québécois but are the true distant relatives of the Cajuns in Canada.)

- A tiny minority of Cajuns are still native speakers of French, and a larger group (but still a small minority) speaks a bit of French as a second language, but the vast majority of Cajuns are English dominant or monolingual anglophones today. As such, a place where French is the main everyday language of basically everything would be fairly alien to the vast majority of them, regardless of their ethnic background.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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Yes, they should be allowed to return to the Maritimes.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:39 AM
 
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Yes, they should be allowed to return to the Maritimes.
My sense is that next to none of them would be interested.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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Please take them.

;-) j/k
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Please take them.

;-) j/k
Laissez le bon temps rouler!
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:25 AM
 
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They can go as long as they leave their seasonings here.
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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They can go as long as they leave their seasonings here.
A lot of that stuff won't grow in the Canadian Maritimes anyway!
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