no offense taken. I am not french nor am I a quebecois, I am a child of Portuguese immigrants and I have taken my fair share of comments from the quebecois.
I defend them because I live with them, work with them and yes some of them are my friends (though I would say that 85% of my friends are either porks or ****)
First of all this land we call canada was (okay it was inhabited by the natives first) was first colonised by the french. The english just came here and acted like the barbarians they are and slaughtered and instead of letting the french colonies live they tried to assimilate them thus destroying their identity and culture. Quebecois are different from the rest of canada, whether you want to accept it or not is your opinion. Different religion, mentality, and language...hell the education systems are different as well! If you go to NFLD or BC or MAN you will not notice much different in the outlook of those peoples (they all share that "I HATE QUEBEC" ATTITUDE).
About referendums....well asides from Quebec City no major Quebec area wanted to separte. You have those stupid un-educated farmers in the "Cote-Nord" of Quebec..of course they want to separate..but when you talk to the cultured francophone (I have yet to meet a cultured anglophone) living in MTL he wants to stay togther and last time I checked it was YES 2 NO 0
About the french president...that was DeGaulle...big big big idiot...he had no point in saying that and should have been banned from Canada.
About FLQ...you think they are bad..wait till Stockwell Day and Preston Manning team-up...those psychos will KILL quebec....
About the language issue...I am 100% firm on my view that EVERYONE in this country should speak 2 languages...French and English. If it was like that...these problems we have today would not exist. Think of the advantages..we go to war with the states and they tap our airwaves and hear us speaking french...we totally throw them off guard
for the record...I like Canada a lot, I don't love it, and I hate Quebec, but since I live here I defend it. I don't prescribe to their politcal bullshi_t...because thats all it is...bullshi_t. I am an allophone, a child of portuguese immigrants and once my studies are complete I will move to Portugal where I will live my life.
Oh yeah...when I get those smelly Torontonians at my store they treat me with such disrespect it just boils me up inside!
******why can't we all get along******