French Politics

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 223–236 | Cite as

Not just about Quebec: accounting for Francophones’ attitudes towards Canada

Original Article

Abstract

The present study seeks to empirically explore the influence of language on attitudes towards one’s country. Canada is used as an exploratory case. Though language has played a prominent role in the country’s politics, its role on attitudes among Francophones remains markedly unknown. Using original survey data gathered from Francophones in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba, the study specifically explores the influence of linguistic factors on Francophones’ attitudes towards Canada. The results reveal that being from Quebec (or not) is in fact an important determinant in attitudinal differences towards Canada among Francophones. However, this result is tempered by the fact that other variables demonstrate a greater influence. Notably, perceptions of French being threatened significantly lead to more negative attitudes towards Canada.

Keywords

Language Attitudes Threat Quebec Canada Francophones 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I am grateful to Prof. Patrick Fournier (Université de Montréal) and to this journal’s anonymous referees for their help and suggestions. I am also thankful for the financial support provided by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – société et culture (FRQSC).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Democratic CitizenshipMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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