French fact

French fact

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Canada) the presence of French Canada as a distinct cultural force within the Confederation
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The French fact sheet said Tehran would be allowed a "gradual and precisely defined increase in (enrichment) capacity between the tenth and thirteenth years with the introduction of advanced IR-2 and IR-4 centrifuges".
Treatments of New France and French-Canadians as elements of a potential Gothic past in English-language literature are the topic of chapter three, "French-Canadian Gothic: Excess as Emplacement." While it is unfortunate that Sugars has not included a chapter on the Gothic in French-Canadian literature, her analysis of how le fait francais (the French fact) served Anglonationalist purposes in the post-Confederation era is significant.
And, with respect to Quebec, Harper's seemingly contradictory policies, as described by Reg Whitaker, have consistency perhaps only when viewed as strategies meant to isolate the French fact of Canada from the whole, thereby leaving to Quebec the task of sorting out its place in Canada unimpeded by concerns Ottawa once had for national unity.
This is no doubt true, but the 'French fact' poses an unforeseen problem, as will be seen below.
From the moment it acquired this new territory in 1763, Britain also had to confront the French fact. Of necessity, its colonial policy often had to be more flexible and more pragmatic than its own domestic policy.
We are a Christian community in a culture that is slowly but deliberately choosing not to eliminate the French fact. We are choosing not to assimilate First Nations people, slowly learning, in fact, that that was never an option.
For some three years the Groupe de recherche ethnicite et societe (GRES), an interdisciplinary group of researchers (1) based at the Centre d'etudes ethniques des universites Montrealaises, has been studying the ramifications of what might be called the "new French fact" in Montreal.
The "French fact" certainly accounts for this enviable state of affairs, but so does, ironically, the slow pace of economic growth of the past decades.
McGowan insists that, in encountering "the French fact," Ontario Irish Catholics shed their ethnicity and abandoned their coreligionists in Quebec, doing so in the hope that they could retain a distinctive Catholic ethos in an English-speaking, British-oriented dominion.
Outside Quebec, the relative decline of the French fact has favoured the English culture, making it the dominant historical reference.
* yet it hinges on the French fact in North America.