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Canada was founded as a nation on two distinct cultures and two very different languages The end productbeing two nations in one sovereign state For the French speaking Canadians it is an endless struggle to retain their separate culture For many French Canadians the most common emotion felt is that they have never received cultural political and economic equality to the extent the English -speaking Canadians have In the 20th century the relationship between English and French Canadians has deteriorated because of the fact that French Canadians feel that they have been treated as second class citizens The Conscription Crisis of 1917 and 1939 - 1945 only added to this sentiment and brought forth many different attitudes in a fragile Canada The people of Quebec also felt as if they were being pushed and compressed tightly into their province by the thoughtlessness of the English Canadians How could French Canadiens - the only real Candaians - feel loyal to a people who had conquered and humiliated them and were Protestant anayway France herself was no better she had deserted her Canadians a century and a half ago had left them in the snow and ice along the St Lawernce surrounded by their enemies had later murdered her anoited king and turned athiest if a people deserted God they were punished for it and France was being punished now 1This sort of sentiment was one that was shared by many French Candiens French-English relations were already suffering and continued to do so before World War 1 But the biggest strains occurred when issues of Canadian participation in World war 1 and 2 were mentioned Most of the strain originated from Quebec Conscription was be the nail that drove a wedge deep into the national unity of the country and would serve as a precursor to
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