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Thread #81329   Message #1489362
Posted By: Metchosin
20-May-05 - 02:03 PM
Thread Name: BS: Independent Quebec
Subject: RE: BS: Independent Quebec
There are certainly more ethic groups than just the Acadians that have been treated despicably within this land, a few within a more recent historical timeframe, a lot a direct result of which war was going on at the time.

There is less antipathy towards the "French", per se, in western Canada than one might think. In fact, even way out here on the coast, a fair amount of the people still have the conviction that it is and has always been the gallic influence that provides the heartbeat to this sometimes unwieldy string of provinces. A sizeable group in this province views bilingualism as a decided asset, be it French or Cantonese.

Most difficulties arise when one province feels that another is somehow getting a better deal than they are, within confederation. Resentment in the west has built up, since the initial inception of this country, because of the perception in the west, that all the wealth and resources from this side of the country is funneled east, with little benefit, power or acknowledgement trickling back the other way.

It is the resentment of historical economics rather than anything specifically ethnic, that fuels the fires of dicontent for the west. The French language issue, for some here, only provides a more easily identifiable "scapegoat" upon which to focus frustration.

Likewise, when things are perceived as unfair economically and structurally for the people in Quebec, some tend to seek "scapegoats" within the anglophone power block and a perceived lack of respect for French culture and identity. IMO, both points of view fail to address the real problems. We're all bozos on this bus.

While political power still rests within central Canada, the forces that exploit people, resources and regions are of an even more diffuse multinational nature now.