Quebec City's 400th Anniversary

@winterose (39918)
Canada
July 4, 2008 7:12pm CST
In 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier landed at the Native village of Stadacona but he did not stay. Seventy-three years later, Quebec City was founded on July 3, 1608, by the famous French explorer Samuel De Champlain. Quebec is an Algonquin word meaning where the river narrows. Unfortunately Canadian politics can put a damper on birthday celebrations. The controversy stems around the identity of the province of Quebec. For separatist French Queberers (not the entire French speaking population of Quebec), Champlain gave birth to a nation with a distinct identity. For English Canada, Quebec is just one province in the Nation of Canada. The Quebec separatist movement has been a bane of contention in Canadian politics for the last thirty some odd years. Though this celebration was hailed as an open celebration, major newspapers across Canada wanted to know if it was it a national celebration, meaning Canada wide, or a local, Quebec only Celebration? Jason Kenney Canada's secretary of state for multiculturalism and Canadian identity quoted: ""We think it's a national celebration, not just for the province of Quebec. Commemoration Quebec 1608-2008, say on their website, "The 400th anniversary celebrations belong to the citizens of Quebec, not the government," They go on to say, A common identity, history and culture are the essential parts of a personality that make a people," the group's website says. "In order (for the province) to remain attractive, this personality of French Quebec has to be clearly valued by making it clear it is at the root of the province's successful development over the past 400 years." The Federal Government of Canada is trying hard to promote national unity through this celebration and at 11:AM bells were ringing all over Canada to celebrate the arrival of Champlain in Quebec City with approximately 4,000 Churches taken part. The opening bash features, "a salute to Champlain attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other Canadian and foreign dignitaries, and a military parade highlighting Canada's contribution to the war in Afghanistan." Our Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper is quoted as saying, "If French continues to be spoken in Canada today, it is thanks to the courage, tenacity and creativity of generation upon generation of Francophones who brought their old-world values and hopes to the new world and helped them take root and grow." French sovereignists (protesters) have their own alternative celebrations going on in the province's capital. There will be week-long celebrations for the Quebec City anniversary. Guest appearances from famous celebrities such as Celin Dion and Van Halen, as well as Paul McCartney who will be leading the celebration, on the Plains of Abraham, the historical spot where the British defeated the French in 1759. There will be fireworks, parades, speeches and more. The regular Quebec citizen and tourists alike will just enjoy the festivities and put aside the politics. I wish everyone could. Sources: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080703.wquebec03/BNStory/National/Quebec/ http://archives.cbc.ca/dossier.asp?page=1&IDDossier=3512&IDCat=419&IDCatPa=126 http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080703/Quebec_politics_080703/20080703/ were you aware of the french english conflict in Canada? Were you aware that Canadian is a bilingual country but actually more english is spoken than quebec
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
5 Jul 08
It would be nice if everyone could put away everything and just enjoy the festivities. We are having fireworks here right now in our subdivision. We didn't buy any but the neighbors have been letting them off since yesterday. I see alot of money being shot up into the air LOL. I have a few sparklers to light up but I don't know if I will or not. I think I will just try to enjoy the festivities from inside the house and get some work done.
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@Chispa514 (871)
• Montreal, Quebec
5 Jul 08
I'm a horrible Quebecer then mom, cause I didn't even know half of the stuff you had spoke of. Actually all I knew was Jaques Cartier landing here.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
most that stuff you were supposed to have been taught in school, and the english french issue well everyone knows about that.
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• Montreal, Quebec
5 Jul 08
I dropped out of highschool when i was like 3or 4 months into grade 10, and by then when we had history class, we hadn't covered any of that yet.
• Canada
5 Jul 08
Happy 400th anniversary, Quebec City. I went up there wih my class when I was in grade 8, and I abolutely loved it. It was such a fun trip to go on, and I had such a great time seeing all of the sites. I really liked it up there, and would love to go up there again some time soon. I also want to stop and see my Aunt and Uncle in Montreal, as you already know.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
there is so much to see in montreal as well.
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I never knew that there was a french English conflict in Canada. I did know that Canada is a bilingual country. I knew there was English and French being spoken in Canada. I figured more English was being spoken than French, because of the different providences. I knew Newfoundland was English speaking, only because I heard people from that area speak on my husband's tapes.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
yes there is this conflict and it is a big one, it could tear our country apart, if Quebec finally succeeds in separating from Canada.
• United States
5 Jul 08
Gee I hadn't known that if Quebec succeeds in separating from Canada that it would tear apart the country! Thanks for this information. But I'm curious, why would it destroy Canada?
• United States
5 Jul 08
We have traveled to Canada on a few occasions. Montreal is one of my favorite places. We have considered Quebec and may one day get there. My daughter and her BF want to go along with us. He has been there before and can be our guide.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
yep montreal is where I am and it is great.
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• United States
5 Jul 08
We would love to go back one day. With the price of gas so high, it may be a while!
@raydene (9875)
• United States
11 Jul 08
Lots of great info here Doll You outdid yourself. I can always depend on an interesting discussion when I dee your name in my inbox. Good job! xoxoxoxoxo
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
12 Jul 08
thanks sweetie
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I was somewhat aware but not much and then only because what I read here at Mylot in a few discussions and I also knew it was bilingual because of the same reason. If not for your fabulas and all telling discussions I would still be quite ingorant about Canada.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
7 Jul 08
yes I plan on putting up much more discussions as well, as I have extra time
@rckayla09 (113)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Wow, interesting discussion about Quebec City! I hadn't known Quebec City is 400 years old. What a shame that politics got in the way of the City's birthday celebration. No I wasn't aware of the French/English conflict in Canada until you told me a while back. But yes, I was always aware that Canada is a bilingual country. I just thought Canadians were fine with speaking both English and French rather than having one offical language.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
yep this fight has gone on before canada was even a nation.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I knew about the seperatist, that Canada has a French speaking population, that the French first settled in the area that is now Canada. I think that the seperatists are as crazy as the South was during the time of the Civil War in the United States.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
well I don't think they are crazy but the certainly believe in their cause.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I bet you know so much history about Quebec, don't you?? History is very fascinating.. I never was good enough at it to be studying, remembering or being interested enough to remember.. I guess it has to really hit you to be able to enjoy it as much as you appear to.. I bet the you are a very intelligent person.. I do hope tha tyou enjoy all of the festivities that are taking place now.. Have a great day and keep studying..
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
well I am from Quebec, I live in montreal, I started a column called all things canadian, on another site, and yes I know lots of things, from history, to psychology to writing and then some.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Yes I had been aware that there was a lot of dissension amongst Quebecians (if that's the right way to say it) and the rest of Canada...in fact, didn't Quebec want to succeed? Mmm...I'm about to answer my own question here as I just found an article about that and it goes back to 1998 about this http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950CE4D6133DF932A1575BC0A96E958260 I also remember the biggest concerns were amongst the Native peoples there who from what I gather weren't getting much of a voice or opinion of the matter and didn't want Quebec to succeed.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
there are two terms for quebec, english quebecers or french quebecois, the word you use doesn't exist. the terms I used, sovereignists,( quebec is an nation not canadian) or separatists (wants to separate from Canada , and separatist movement goes back over thirty years, it is always an issue in quebec,