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Old 06-29-2013, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Ontario
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I hear these terms used a lot on here. I am wondering what these terms mean to most people. Do they describe ethnicity or language? For example, does an Anglo Canadian have to have British ancestry or can it be a person of any ancestry that speaks English and is Canadian? What about a person living in Quebec that speaks fluent French but is of Italian ancestry. Would they be a French-Canadian or not?
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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These days it's generally by language as opposed to ethnicity.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:09 AM
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Anglophone and francophone have never been ethnic terms, but the separatists use them as code for such anyways.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Anglophone and francophone have never been ethnic terms, but the separatists use them as code for such anyways.
Yeah, I know. Amir Khadir, Maria Mourani and Maka Kotto are some of the worst when it comes to this!
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I'm an Anglophone of Francophone ancestry. Now the term French Canadian, may lean more towards ethnicity. Anyone?
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Stasis
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In Quebec anglophone, francophone, and allophone refer to mother tongue. Allophones are mainly immigrants who's first language is neither English or French.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Ontario
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How to define an American that gains Canadian Citizenship? Would they be considered an Anglo-Canadian?
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:31 PM
 
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No, they just get called anglophone here. I have a few girl friends from NY who have been here with their French husbands for a long time (one of them over 15 years) and they are just called anglophone.
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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How to define French and Anglo Canadians

Simply put.the vast majority of French Canadians live in Quebec and speak mostly French While the Anglophones mostly live in the rest of Canada and speak mostly English.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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I'd say an Anglo-Canadian is someone who identifies more with the English language culture within Canada and a Franco-Canadian is more someone who identifies with the French language culture in Canada. It's not really an ethnic term as I went to highschool with a Marie Leduc who was definitely an Anglo and our teacher was Ms. O'Reilly who spoke English with a French accent. It's interesting that in Montreal, where this stuff matters most to people and where there is sometimes bitter intergroup conflict, there are also the most people who are culturally ambiguous in regards to these categories and it's an area where cultures exchange and blend. Perhaps that's the source of the local tension, the sense that here the two cultures and languages are somehow in competition with each other for the hearts and minds of immigrants and the young.
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