Monday, 24 June 2013

Happy Fête nationale from Someone Who Chose Quebec

Today is Quebec's big holiday.  Formerly named after French Canada's patron saint St. Jean, Jean the Baptist, it now is more inclusive.  Everyone is supposed to be welcome, although some Anglophones and others shy away from too much celebration, fearing its nationalist connotation.

Some time ago, however, I decided that I was going to take the Quebec powers-that-be at their word.  We arrived in our mid-20s without a clear idea of what we were getting into.  There have been certain ups and downs, but basically I'd rather live in Montreal than any other city I know. 

Hence the flag which we fly on June 24.  We belong here. So do our kids and our grandkids, and we aren't going to let anyone forget that we're part of this sometimes defensive but always interesting society.

Have a good  holiday, tout le monde.

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