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From: "Ken Quinn" <>
Subject: Re: [MONTREAL] Post-1901 Census -- Could WE Increase Signatures From 652?????
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 16:02:28 -0400
The Quebec lists may indeed be busy with activity (I belong to 2 QC lists
and 1 Canadian). What you need to understand is that Quebec is a special
case when it comes to the Internet. The vast majority of Quebecers do not
even claim English as their mother tongues (80 percent??).
The french Canadians from Quebec who belong to the rootsweb lists are an
exception to the rule, so to speak. They are people who are comfortable
enough with the English language to be able to hold a conversation or, at
the very least, lurk and understand. I know I am happy to have francophones
on my lists and encourage them to write in French if they want.
You know that that many many many English speaking Canadians from Quebec
moved to Toronto and elsewhere in 1976 when the Parti Quebecois came to
power here. More moved away in the 1980s and 1990s too.
The point I am trying to make is the English speaking people most
interested in Quebec roots don't even live here. This may explain the
supposed lack of interest in your campaign in Quebec. These people may have
signed your petition in another province or perhaps from the United States.
Perhaps another reason for this supposed lack of interest is that those who
do not believe Quebec belongs in Canada (some say approx. 50% of the Quebec
population) refuse to sign a petition that will be presented to the
Canadian Houses of Parliament.
... Just my thoughts
From: Muriel M. Davidson <>
Subject: [MONTREAL] Post-1901 Census -- Could WE Increase Signatures From
Date: August 31, 2002 1:12 PM
MAY BE TRANSLATED & FORWARDED
The Quebec lists are very busy, people answering queries -- even
a tribute to the late Princess Diana -- fifth anniversary of her death.
However, QUEBEC people are NOT responding to the need of
petitions, signatures, letters to Senators and House of Commons
members -- the province tops the list with most BLUE ???? --
meaning NEVER HEARD FROM.
I have written letters to all, thanked the few for support -- what
have the Quebec residents done to date?
Jean-Guy Simard translated many of the census pages so we
have both English and French -- Lise Drapeau assisted.
Petitions are in both languages -- French also used in Nova Scotia
and New Brunswick. To date, I have received 652 signatures for
the Senate PLUS 150 which will have to be dumped in garbage,
as instructions were not followed.
We must follow what Ottawa dictates -- regardless of the province.
The Toronto Star printed one great article about the 1906 problem
Translation by Lise Drapeau
I believe there are many genealogical society members in Quebec,
both French and English groups -- WHERE ARE THEY????
It is disheartening to work with this lack of interest -- when census
records are released for 1911, Quebec's will be included.
Could some interest be shown, please??????
Muriel M. Davidson
Co-Chair, Canada Census Committee
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