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Quebec: Two languages, many voices

Recerca | 27/03/2008

The case of Quebec

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The openness of Quebec society with regards to culture, as well as the formal commitment to a model of cultural pluralism that presently exists in Quebec, ensures that minority cultures tend to retain a strong attachment to their cultures of origin.

Quebec has formally adopted a model of “interculturalism” for integrating immigrants. The model is very much like Canadian multiculturalism, yet it places much emphasis on the use of the French language as the primary marker of belonging in Quebec, and as the pole around which Quebec democracy and active participation among the citizenry is fostered.

In short, the model stresses the fundamental liberties of liberal democracy in Quebec, does not place very many restrictions on the flourishing of a plurality of cultural identities in Quebec, and puts forward a “moral contract”, in which immigrants are expected to learn and operate in French while the larger society is obligated to provide the means and resources to attain this objective.

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