Thursday, July 3, 2008

Separatism dormant but not forgotten: survey

OTTAWA - Amid celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, a poll shows a big gap in opinion between Quebecers and the rest of Canadians on Quebec's place in Canada.

A majority inside and outside Quebec says separatism is dormant - for now. But opinion diverges on traditionally divisive issues of whether Quebec and Quebecers are a nation, a founding culture, or a minority group in Canada.

The biggest gap in opinion was on the question of French language protection, with two thirds of Quebecers saying more protection is needed and only 11 per cent outside Quebec in agreement.

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