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According to a story in the National Post, France has carved the world into 11 electoral districts. One seat up for grabs is "North America," which includes Canada and the United States, home to about 200,000 French nationals. So, in essence, Balkany is running to represent "North America" in France's national assembly.
De Gaulle's resignation in 1969, and more importantly the 1970 election of the Liberals in Quebec under Robert Bourassa gave impetus to the calls on both sides for normalization of France-Canada relations. While the ultra-Gaullists and the remaining members of the 'Quebec Mafia' continue to occasionally cause headaches for Canada - such as a 1997 initiative by 'Mafia' members to have the French Post Office issue a stamp commemorating de Gaulle's 1967 visit to Montreal - never again would relations reach anything close to the hostility of the late 1960s.
The Gaullist policy of 'dualism' towards Canada, which called for distinct and separate relations between France and Canada and France and Quebec, has been replaced with a purposely ambiguous policy of non-ingérance, mais non-indifférence (no interference, but no indifference). While the French government continues to maintain cultural and diplomatic ties with Quebec, it is generally careful to treat the Canadian federal government with a great deal of respect.[/e]edit on 30-1-2012 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Matt93
France can have Quebec no questions ask! They think they are better than everyone else in Canada and they have been wanting to separate for years. Now is the time!
Originally posted by BobAthome
From the Article:
"The National Post notes that France responded this month by saying it would go ahead with the election. It plans to place ballot boxes in its embassy and French consulates in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Moncton, which, technically, are sovereign territory of France."
This is very hard for me too get my head around,,Moncton, which, technically, are sovereign territory of France,,
Having been Born in Moncton,,Batherst, actually,,i'm both a natural born Canadian Citizen,, as well as French CitizenShip,,?
So technically i am Entitled too both French and Canadian citizenship,, so i have dual citizenship?
Originally posted by superman2012
I for one, am sick to death of the francophones in Canada whining and griping about their state offices affairs. If I could vote, I would vote for them to become independent. Then charge them a heavy tariff on any goods entering or leaving their country. If you don't like Canada and the fact that you have a whole province (not to mention every gov't building) with your own language than leave. Either to France or through independence.