>The Canadian mosaic versus the melting pot model of cultural
>diversity is appealing, but it can result in the same problems or
>maybe worse ones than the USA model (We didn't just almost vote
>to split into two countries)
True, but I wonder how much of that could have been avoided by more rational
politics (if _that_ isn't an oxymoron!). The French-English thing is a long
ongoing feud that is quite complicated to get into with a lot of different
factors involved. I think many people got caught up in the "distinct
society" clause and senatorial veto power for Quebec. Western Canada, which
is already very isolated from the powers that be back east, generally feels
unheard and fed up with the banter.
Personally, I am happy to have learnt French in school, I have found it to
be nothing but an asset to me in my life. However, there are many here in
Western Canada who think that it is a complete waste of time; that we pander
too much to Quebec's demands; that if a second language was mandatory, it
should be Cantonese in BC, etc etc. I think our cultural heritage is a
wonderful thing that makes us unique from the US or any other country.
Quebec notwithstanding though, there is generally less bigotry and racial
violence here than south of the border. Friends of mine, an interracial
couple, have found that here people don't even bat an eye, whereas below the
49th they get glared at, treated rudely and even hissed at. That's not to
say we don't have our problems though. Recently, a White Supremicist set up
a "church" in the Fraser Valley, their premise is to prepare for the race
Anyhow, I've probaly taken up too much bandwith on a non Celtic topic.
Pardon my digressions and keep that delete key handy.
>I have several ex-Canadian friends who find it easier to live south
>of the border. Both are the products of French&Irish(Catholic) and
>Scots (Protestant) marriages. One was raised without a religion
>due to parental feuding and rejection by the local French-Catholic
>religious authorities (this was over 40 years ago) and not allowed
>to learn French by the mother. Due to her French surname, she got
>treated poorly by English speakers. She's happily melting away in
>California. Other is happier too due to the reduced ethnic battles.
>Before we can announce that the Canadian model is preferred, I'd like
>to see it embrace the French Canadians. (Meanwhile we'll work on our
>problems down here: the American Indians, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, etc:))
>Linda Merle (<---- French surname, married a Parisian)