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A great man once said Love thy neighbor as thyself Unfortunately in Canada that is not the case For many years hostility has existed between the two largest ethnic denominations in our country the French and the English Both have tried to undermine one another in aspects of religion language culture and politics To understand the cause of this continuing bitter saga one must take a journey back in time Throughout the course of Canadian history there were many occasions wherein the French and English Canadians have clashed but three major historical events tore the relationship into pieces Red River Rebellion Conscription dilemma of World War I and the FLQ October Crisis of 1970 in Quebec This essay will discuss the importance of these situations and its impact on the French and English relationsThe Red River Rebellion led by Louis Riel was one of the first major event that created the rift between the French and English Canadians In 1869 when the Hudsons Bay Company sold the vast territory known as Ruperts Land to the Canadian government the Metis were worried The Metis descended from the intermarriage of Europeans with indigenous peoples and they possess elements of both cultures Flanagan 1 They feared that the government would disregard their ownership of the Red River Settlement because they did not have papers to prove they owned the land Louis Riel a Metis man took leadership and stood up for the rights of his people He set up a provisional government in Manitoba This act angered the English Canadians and was thought by the Canadian Government as an act of rebellion These feelings of resentment and hostility further elevated with the execution of Thomas Scott On the other hand in the Roman Catholic province of Quebec many people said Riels actions were justified They felt sympathetic toward Riel and his government As one can see this event led by a man of deep conviction and faith drove
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