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A Reader Notes Quebec Nationalism—America Could Use Some Of That
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August 26, 2012, 02:32 AM
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 Re: A Reader Asks If We’re Following Racial Controversies In Quebec`s Election—We’re Not, But We Already Know What To Think

From: An Illinois Reader [Send him mail]

I read the recent letter about Quebec and recalled my own experience in Quebec City last week. I saw a graffito stating, Quebecois de souche (i.e., Old-Stock Quebecker). I`m not a Quebecker, de souche or otherwise, but how refreshing it is to see a people who actually take pride in their heritage, rather than sniveling and apologizing like American WASPs.

 As far as patriots in America and Anglophone Canada are concerned, we`re all Quebeckers now—squeezed between unfavorable demographic pressures and a powerful elite that does not share our sense of nationhood. To adapt Charles de Gaulle`s famous address to Montreal, "Vive l`Amerique Libre!"

James Fulford writes: There’s Fédération des Québécois de souche, [Google English Translation page] which is even more of a nationalist party than the regular Parti Québécois.

As for the term "Quebecois de souche," a quick search finds an Anglo-Canadian blogger noting that the Bouchard-Taylor report (a Quebec governmental commission on how fast Quebec should surrender to Muslims) “seeks to stamp out the term `Quebecois de souche` because, according to them, it alienates immigrants.”

By comparison, the term “Old Stock American” is almost unknown these days, and disparaged as racist. (An example from Google Books: “Certainly, aspects of the discourse of racial science remain; Peter Brimelow, for example, refers often to "stock"..”. Of course he does.)