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Looking back on my childhood I regret that I didnt learn more I regret that I didnt seize every opportunity that came my way and I wish that I had paid more attention to my environment and the diversity of people around me Because of this I am grateful that I live in such a wonderful city where two very different cultures exist together Mordecai Richler once said that Montreal is the most agreeable city in Canada And this is because the two cultures not only confront but also continue to enrich each other I disagree with Richler Independence or separation as it is sometimes called has been at the top of the provincial agenda for over three decades In the sixties French-Canadian political organizations began demanding greater independence for the province and by 1976 the first separatist Quebec government was elected with a mandate to create an independent French-speaking nation Thirty years ago French-Canadians complained about the English business establishment but today French-Canadian businessmen have themselves become the leaders The economy isnt nearly as prosperous as it once was and that upsets everyone Since 1976 thousands of Quebecers and dozens of corporations have left for other Canadian cities or the United States Those who left were primarily English speaking and left because of their uncertain economic futures and because they did not see themselves as part of the larger vision of an independent French-speaking Quebec Another thing that instigated French and English segregation were some of Quebecs strict laws Bill 101 requires that all public and retail signs must have French text that is significantly larger than its English counter-part Furthermore only Quebecers who can prove that one of more of their parents attended Quebec English schools are permitted to be educated at English schools in the province The problem is caused by the Quebec governments identification of people according to their mother tongue Language in Quebec more
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