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Quebec
 

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Language and language laws in Quebec
An overview of the linguistic situation in Quebec.

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Terrasse Dufferin in Quebec City

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Place Jacques-Cartier in Montreal
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Links

An Overview of Quebec's Political and Social Status (PDF)

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Discover the art of Claude Théberge, one of Quebec's greatest contemporary painters.
A fan page (with bad music)...

{short description of image} Montreal's baseball team
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Montreal's CFL team. (Won the Grey Cup twice under Marv Levy)

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The now defunct Quebec Nordiques
A History of the Nordiques.

Surface area: 1 700 000 km2 Population: 7 345 000 (1999)
Capital: Quebec city (pop.: 1 mil.)

Largest city: Montreal (3 mil.)
Language:
French: 82% English: 9%
Other languages: Chinese: 33 660, Tagalog: 4 665,
Ukrainian: 2 385, Polish: 10 295,
Italian: 62 770, Greek: 28 095,
Urdu: 3 085, German: 4 135,
Punjabi: 5 345, Cri: 9 830,
Gujarati: 3 185, Vietnamese: 20 035,
Spanish: 46845, Farsi: 6 355,
Hindi: 990, Arabic: 35 565, Portuguese: 18 460, Korean: 2 345,
Somali: 820.

Some famous Quebecois...
Myriam Bédard (Olimpic Biathlete)

Gaetan Boucher (Olympic skater)
Bonhomme Carnaval (Snowman)
Celine Dion (Singer)
Cirque du Soleil

Marc Garneau (Astronaut)
Félix Leclerc (Poet)

Nathalie Lambert (Olympic Skater)Mario Lemieux (Hockey player)
René Lévesque (Premier)
Émile Nelligan (Poet)

Julie Payette (Astronaut)
Ginette Reno (Singer)
Maurice Richard (Hockey Player)

William Shatner (actor)
Pierre-Elliott Trudeau

Gilles Villeneuve (F1 pilot)
Jacques Villeneuve (F1 pilot)

On a Lighter Note...
I am Canadian!
A few months ago, Molson launched an add campain for Molson Canadian called "I am Canadian". The add focuses on Canadian pride and sparked a tremendous amount of discussion in Canada and in the United States.

See the add here.
(Quicktime-2.3Mb)
 

I am NOT Canadian!
Almost immediately, a Toronto radio station made this parody of a Quebecois reply to Molson's add. Not only is it a great example of English Canada's perception of Quebec, it is absolutely hilarious.

Listen to it here. (Mp3-580k)

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La Poutine!!!
Don't tell me you haven't had poutine! It's a mixture of french fries, gravy and cheese that's extremely popular in Quebec.
Galactic guide to the Poutine
Wikipedia entry for the poutine
(with a great poutine picture, if there is such a thing...)

History of the Poutine
Hear someone say "Poutine"!?!

 

 



Did you know?
{short description of image} The name Quebec, from "kebec" in the Algonquin language, means "There where the river narrows".
{short description of image} Quebec is 3 times the size of France, and larger than Alaska.
{short description of image} There are over 1 million lakes in Quebec.

A little Quebec timeline

1534 Jacques Cartier claims territory in the name of François 1er, king of France.
1608 Samuel de Champlain founds Québec (city).
1632 Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve founds Montréal.
1763 Canada becomes an English Colony
1774 French civil laws are re-established and the free exercise of religion is granted.
1791 Constitutional act divides Canada in two parts: Haut-Canada (now Ontario) with 20 000 loyalists and Bas-Canada with approx 160 000 francophones. Under the influence of the Montreal merchants, the official language remains English even in Bas-Canada.
1837 Lead by Papineau, an armed rebellion is organized but quickly repressed. 100 patriotes are captured, 12 are hung, 60 are exiled.
1840 The Union Act: The constitution of Bas-Canada is abolished. Louis-Hyppolyte Lafontaine makes his first discourse in French in the new united Canadian parliament.
1849 Lafontaine and Baldwin (an English reformist) press for changes in the assembly and give birth to what is soon called French Power. The Montreal British merchants burn down the parliament in protest.
1867 The Canadian Confederation
1931 Westminster Statute. Canada gains independence from England.
1967 rench President Charles De Gaule screams "Vive le Québec libre!" from the balcony of the Montreal city hall causing political turmoil.
1968 Foundation of Le parti Québecois.F
1974 Bill 22: French becomes the official language in Quebec.
1977 Bill 101. The famous one... La charte de la langue française spells out the fundamental " linguistic " rights of all Quebec citizens.
1980 The first referendum: 40% of the population say YES to sovereignty, 60% say NO.
1982 Repatriation of the Constitution. Pierre Elliott Trudeau and English Canada renege promises made to Québec after the referendum. They amend the Canadian Constitution unilaterally and diminish Québec's legislative powers in areas as important as language and education. The Canadian constitution is still missing Quebec's signature.
1991 Meech Lake Agreement, which grants Quebec the status of "distinct society" fails.
1992 Charlottetown Referendum. Canadians reject this draft of a constitutional agreement because they feel it gives a special status to Quebec. Quebecois reject it because it denies the notion of the two founding peoples and reduces Quebec's weight in the upper chamber.
1993 Federal election: Le Bloc Québecois, a pro-sovereignty party wins wide support and becomes the official opposition in Ottawa.
1995 Second Referendum. With a record 96% turnout, Québec voters rejected the Parti Québecois's proposal by a very slim margin: 50.6% NO to 49.4% YES (a majority of barely 53,000 votes).

Plan your trip to Quebec!
Link to BonjourQuébec.com, Quebec's Tourism Agency.

         
Find out a little more about who I am. Check out my resume online and read abstracts from some of my publications.
Devoted to various linguistic theories, with a focus on word-based morphology and computational linguistics.
Help save children with a simple click. Learn to speak languages from foreign galaxies Various links to some really cool websites.
Links to other sites. Ressources for linguists, etc.
Contact me.  Send your comments about the site or ask me a question.