The Clash!: A Study in Nationalities

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CHAPTER II Britain's Way And The Other (Britain's) There are English, French, Germans, Italians, Russians, Turks—and the census officials alone know how many other kinds of men in Canada. All cannot have their languages recognised...
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CHAPTER II Britain's Way And The Other (Britain's) There are English, French, Germans, Italians, Russians, Turks—and the census officials alone know how many other kinds of men in Canada. All cannot have their languages recognised in law. Multi-lingualism is impossible; we should be repeating the embarrassing experience of Babel. From that sound conclusion, the unsound deduction has been made that multi-lingualism is the natural consequence of bi-lingualism. Admitting the existence of French-Canadian nationality, men have argued that its culture and individuality cannot be recognised without creating chaos. With equal force it might be argued that if I pay interest to the man who has a lien on my land, I shall some day have to, pay interest to men who have advanced nothing on my land; if I give up my one-horse buggy for a two-horse democrat, some day I shall, like the drivers in a circus procession, be handling a six-in-hand. We have found the French-Canadians in possession of all the attributes of nationality, including the all-important "will to preserve." We shall now find that the French-Canadians, in addition, have the rights of a people conquered by Great Britain; and under British ideals the national in-, terests of the conquered are sacred. The French- / Canadians are not to be dealt with as immigrants | who come to a new country, ready and willing to throw off the old and take on the new—not in Ontario and Manitoba, for the country within these provinces was once theirs. That is British , doctrine expressed in the often-used, much-abused words, "national freedom." Only a few genera-,J tions ago our ancestors—English and French— disagreed over certain matters, principally the claims of a lady named Maria Theresa to a European throne, and when the war was over,...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781103467181
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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CHAPTER II Britain's Way And The Other (Britain's) There are English, French, Germans, Italians, Russians, Turks—and the census officials alone know how many other kinds of men in Canada. All cannot have their languages recognised in law. Multi-lingualism is impossible; we should be repeating the embarrassing experience of Babel. From that sound conclusion, the unsound deduction has been made that multi-lingualism is the natural consequence of bi-lingualism. Admitting the existence of French-Canadian nationality, men have argued that its culture and individuality cannot be recognised without creating chaos. With equal force it might be argued that if I pay interest to the man who has a lien on my land, I shall some day have to, pay interest to men who have advanced nothing on my land; if I give up my one-horse buggy for a two-horse democrat, some day I shall, like the drivers in a circus procession, be handling a six-in-hand. We have found the French-Canadians in possession of all the attributes of nationality, including the all-important "will to preserve." We shall now find that the French-Canadians, in addition, have the rights of a people conquered by Great Britain; and under British ideals the national in-, terests of the conquered are sacred. The French- / Canadians are not to be dealt with as immigrants | who come to a new country, ready and willing to throw off the old and take on the new—not in Ontario and Manitoba, for the country within these provinces was once theirs. That is British , doctrine expressed in the often-used, much-abused words, "national freedom." Only a few genera-,J tions ago our ancestors—English and French— disagreed over certainmatters, principally the claims of a lady named Maria Theresa to a European throne, and when the war was over,...
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