Bouchards View Of Canadian His


Lucien Bouchard is one of Canada's most interesting politicians. Born in the 1930s to a rural town in Quebec, Bouchard rose to become Quebec's present premier. Most federalists have characterized Bouchard as an enemy of Canada but it is important to recognize the events that shaped the political figure we see today. Bouchard's version of Canadian history was based on his experiences living in an isolated area ruled by Anglophones, his education, the nationalism of his homeland and the influences of many sovereigntists. His version differs considerably from the federalist perspective and sometimes even the history books. However, the fact remains that a fire burns within this ...

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french catholic household. Their family was relatively poor, as were most of the Francophones in the area. Philippe Bouchard, Lucien's father, worked fourteen hour days delivering lumber. When the boys were old enough, they too had to work to support the family. One summer, Lucien was sent to the labour camps in the Laurentides forests. The camps were owned and operated by the English who ruled the major industries in the Saguenay. This was Lucien's first real taste of the division between the English and the French. Bouchard was a young intellectual who had already developed a strong sense of pride and at the labour camps he was forced to work with "bums, tough guys who beat me, threw knives." (Martin, 1997). The humiliation was almost more than he could handle. The English did not have to work in such conditions because they were the bosses. They made up only two per cent of the Saguenay - Lac -Saint- Jean region but they controlled one hundred per cent of the ...

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of Quebec by the natural barriers of the mountains to the south, the St. Lawrence to the east and the Lac Saint Jean to the west. When Jacques Cartier arrived and claimed the land for France he joined with the natives to establish a fur trade. For two hundred years the fur trade prospered on the condition that settlers would stay away. However, in 1842, the Hudson Bay Company lease would only be renewed if settlers would be allowed to enter the kingdom. They migration of the french to this new and magical land was seen as a "birth of a holy land." When the french lost to the English in the 1837 rebellions many Quebeckers believed that their dream of a new French republic had died. ...

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