Here is the text of the motion entered into the House of Commons by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Here is the text of the Bloc Québécois motion, from the same source.
"THAT THIS HOUSE RECOGNIZE THAT THE QUÉBÉCOIS FORM A NATION WITHIN A UNITED CANADA."
Here is the text of the Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec) motion:
That this House recognize that Quebeckers form a nation.
A few questions that I had - probably permutations of the same question...
Be it resolved that the Liberal Party of Canada recognizes the Quebec nation within Canada.
- Is the Québécois nation the same as the Quebec nation?
- Can I be from Quebec and not be Québécois?
- Can I be Québécois and not from Quebec?
- Is the Quebec nation different than the Quebec province?
Off the cuff, I think I'm more comfortable recognizing the nation of Québécois, than I am in recognizing the nation of Quebec - especially within the context of a "united Canada".
What do you think? Semantics? A specific choice of wording?
Updated: A BCer in Toronto adds another permutation.
Now, originally I had read the BQ’s motion translated into English as Quebecers, rather than Quebecois. That makes the difference between the BQ motion and Harper’s motion appear bigger, and the Harper motion more attractive. At this point, I’m tempted to go with Harper’s motion, as it brings it clearly from the political sense to the sociological sense.Indeed. Again, Quebecker definitely means "from Quebec" in my mind, while Québécois talks more to the history and culture of French Canadians.
Or, does it just make the semantics muddier?
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