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Old 01-09-2014, 04:42 PM
 
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I just got back from Quebec the other day, and must say that it is a beautiful place. It's rather incredible that there is such a large French speaking population in North America. However, I noticed that many Quebecers knew little to no English. Isn't this a problem for Canadian society? One would think that the assimilation of Quebec would have happened already, as Canada is a mostly English speak country. In order to have national unity and a national identity, wouldn't it be better if everyone just spoke English instead? Will this ever happen?
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:52 PM
 
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No
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:49 PM
 
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I agree with marc3565 but to answer your 3 questions:

1) Depends who you ask
2) Depends who you ask
3) No
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:03 PM
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However, I noticed that many Quebecers knew little to no English. Isn't this a problem for Canadian society?
No more than it's a problem for Canadian society that many anglophones don't speak French. I believe people should be allowed to speak, work and live in whatever language they want. Canada is not an "English-speaking country" to me. We're a bilingual country and that's something to be proud of.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:05 PM
 
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Assimilation of Quebec to English at this point in history appears highly unlikely.

Also, at this point in history, when it comes to national unity and identity for Canada, forcing English upon Quebec would appear to be an extremely counter-productive move.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Resistance is futile.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:58 AM
 
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Resistance is futile.
They've been saying that for hundreds of years.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:29 AM
 
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I just got back from Quebec the other day, and must say that it is a beautiful place. It's rather incredible that there is such a large French speaking population in North America. However, I noticed that many Quebecers knew little to no English. Isn't this a problem for Canadian society? One would think that the assimilation of Quebec would have happened already, as Canada is a mostly English speak country. In order to have national unity and a national identity, wouldn't it be better if everyone just spoke English instead? Will this ever happen?
No. And furthermore its attitudes such as these which give validity to the separatist movement
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:35 AM
 
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Guess I'll elaborate on my previous concise answer...

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It's rather incredible that there is such a large French speaking population in North America.
Not really that incredible. A lot of effort has gone into preserving the language and culture.

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Isn't this a problem for Canadian society?
No. for the vast majority of Canadians this is a complete non-issue. If you want to read up on the separatist movements you can learn about the people who want to make the split between French and English even stronger

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One would think that the assimilation of Quebec would have happened already, as Canada is a mostly English speak country.
No. See first answer above..

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In order to have national unity and a national identity, wouldn't it be better if everyone just spoke English instead?
No. Bilingualism is a big part of Canada's identity. Unity?? Just like the US each region has very distinct geography, culture and personalities. In Canada French is a part of that.


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Will this ever happen?
No. Better chance that Quebec would secede before it would give up French.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Guess I'll elaborate on my previous concise answer...


Not really that incredible. A lot of effort has gone into preserving the language and culture.

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True, but accidents and meanderings of history have helped too!
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