English vs French

@winterose (39918)
Canada
October 2, 2012 8:15pm CST
Anyone who knows anything about Quebec will know that we have had our share of language battles. The battles is between the English and French. It started in 1976 when the first separatist government was elected. This government was hellbent on separating from Canada. There language tensions for years and it was thought that it had subsided. Well, an new separatist government - parti quebecois was just voted it and the night of the election victory a crazed Englishman wanted to assassinate the party leader, newly elected Premier Pauline Marois. He couldn't get to her but two technicians were hit and one tied leaving a four year old daughter behind. The English was so concerned that they public would think it was the english hate for french that was behind this. The community (English and French) decided to do a concert benefit in Montreal to raise $200,000. to give to the help raise the four year old, and some money will be given to the other technician who was injured to help with his medical bills etc. The concert was held in English and French to show solidarity, even Celine Dion came back to town to do a song. Madame Marois said she just had to be there. It went off well, English and French in solidarity. do you have racial tension or linguistic tension where you live tell us about it.
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• United States
3 Oct 12
I live in the United States, Kentucky, I always thought if you must live in the country speak the language..if the country is English speak it , If Spanish speak it..to live in a country and not know do not live there. Just my thought. Somtimes we have people from Mexico and none can speak English(they should learn it if they live here) and China (they should learn English if they live here) just a good thing to do.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Oct 12
well every Canadian should be bilingual, English and French but I doubt that that will ever happen.
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@marlina (75083)
• Canada
13 Dec 15
@winterose Canada is officially a bilingual country and I agree with you that everyone should speak both languages. Both languages should be taught in school beginning at the kindergarden level.
• New Zealand
3 Oct 12
First i would like to say a big hi to you Winter rose.Its so nice to see you her again.Yes racial rtension is everywhere in this wortlkd because the world is getting smaller and smaller and people are moving closer to each other in regaRds to place but unfirtunately they cannot reach close to ones heart.Sad but true but thats the way.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Oct 12
yes it is sad that we just couldn't get along. thanks hon, nice to see you to.
@koopharper (6327)
• Canada
3 Oct 12
I lived in Quebec during the last referendum. The area where we were living was very strongly separatist. Very few anglophones lived there besides us. It did kind of bug me that no one at work hardly spoke to me for about a month after the no vote. I went to college in the USA for four years and got introduced to racism American style. That was quite an education. I would prefer to see peoples of all races and creeds working together to make the world a better place for all of us. I can't see that happening though. The benefit in Quebec was a good idea and I'm happy to see people from both sides of the issue supporting it.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Oct 12
yes I think it is time we put our differences aside and just be bona fide Canadians