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SAME-SAME BUT DIFFERENT L ast Thursday I was at my hairdresser and we talked about the Danish referendum which was being held the same day I asked her if she thought her status as a Thai immigrant would change with the election and she answered It will be same-same but different The question of whether Quebec should be recognised a sovereign Canadian state or not is the core of the fable Frogmarch The title indicates that the French speaking Quebecois feel that the majority of English speakers in the rest of Canada are suppressing them The French in the fable represented by the 3 frogs all agree that there should be a referendum but their motives are different The first two frogs want the separation to be a peaceful change that doesnt really modify anything They still want to keep the currency and their membership in NIFTY a paraphrase of NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement between USA Canada and Mexico but they will regain their pride as a separate state The young frog who resembles a more aggressive and radical group of Quebecois want to cut all bonds with Canada except economical connections and throw all English speaking Canadians out The young frog will shut down the sparrows restaurant and sell flies instead and that way all the birds will flee from the pond The birdsthe sparrow is the symbol of the average English speaking Canadian who doesnt really understand the schism of Quebec The sparrow is confused because he cant find out what the frogs will do after the referendum They all agree that everything will be different yet stay the same When I read this passage I thought of my hairdresser this was exactly what she had said about Denmark Even though the consequences of a referendum such as the Canadian of 95 and the Danish of last Thursday doesnt show any immediate changes it manifests the intent to
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