Language Conflict In Canada Essay
At the time of the Confederation in 1867, most Canadians …show more content…
The accommodation was only a temporary. English-speaking Canadians continued to try to suppress French culture and land language. Illegal laws were passed in many of the provinces against teaching in French in schools (Conlogue, 27). Compounding the problem were the religious differences between traditionally Protestant English and the Catholic French. The Orange Order, a group dedicated to preserving the Protestant religion and the English way of life, had a strong hold in Canada in the early twentieth century and were against the French at every opportunity.
The English majority also developed a romantic vision of the value of a national homeland for the ethnic minorities. This was rooted in the democratic ideals on which Canada is based. Among the more liberal English Canadians, there was a hope that a uniquely Canadian cultural identity could come from the integration of the French and English. As a step toward achieving this. They suggested bi-lingualism, the recognition of both French and English as official Canadian