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Old 02-24-2016, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I though that since Québécois singer Marie-Mai sang mostly in French, her English would be heavily accented. I was wrong about that.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh-A-H9sNr8

I guess I underestimate the English skills of French Canadians.
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It's highly variable. Here is Canada's former Minister of Veterans Affairs. Note his name.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4nbw3we8Jw
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:34 AM
 
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Speaking of accents, Catherine sounds like one of those actresses who play a supporting role in a Hallmark movie - most of which are filmed up there but have American flags as props.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:59 AM
 
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Speaking of accents, Catherine sounds like one of those actresses who play a supporting role in a Hallmark movie - most of which are filmed up there but have American flags as props.
She's the daughter of former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark. (He was only PM for a very short time.)
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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She's the daughter of former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark. (He was only PM for a very short time.)
I actually remember him.
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Old 02-26-2016, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I though that since Québécois singer Marie-Mai sang mostly in French, her English would be heavily accented. I was wrong about that.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh-A-H9sNr8

I guess I underestimate the English skills of French Canadians.
As Acajack says it varies. My mother has been in B.C. since 1950, moved here as a teenager, and she still has accented english.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:02 AM
 
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Let's turn it around. What famous anglophones besides former PM Brian Mulroney speak French flawlessly?
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Old 03-01-2016, 12:02 PM
 
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Let's turn it around. What famous anglophones besides former PM Brian Mulroney speak French flawlessly?
Jack Layton's French was excellent, and Mulcair's got a slight accent but also speaks excellent French. As far as celebrities go, Sugar Sammy, who is a comedian, comes to mind.
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Old 03-01-2016, 12:13 PM
 
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Jack Layton's French was excellent, and Mulcair's got a slight accent but also speaks excellent French. As far as celebrities go, Sugar Sammy, who is a comedian, comes to mind.
Sugar Sammy is a good example. It also depends what he means by "flawlessly".


There are a lot of people in Quebec with anglo sounding names who speak French flawlessly. They also know English most often than not but it's not their main language. So they are for all intents and purposes bilingual francophones. Often these people are born of one francophone and one anglophone parent.


But someone like Brian Mulroney was born of two anglo parents.


So was Lawrence Cannon, Canada's former minister of foreign affairs



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFDDlrzyo28
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Old 03-01-2016, 12:19 PM
 
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Kathleen Weil, currently Quebec's minister of immigration. American father, English Canadian mother



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu6E39Af8HQ


Yolande James, former Quebec minister, both parents were from Anglo-Caribbean islands



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM_ClZhMr1Y
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