This was passed along by Tim who comes up with the most interesting links to stories I've never heard of. Thank you, Tim.
The Montreal Gazette did a series on the anglophone exodus from the province of Quebec in the 1970's. This was a tense period in Canadian history where the the Question was about Quebec's future in Canada. Many tempers flared during this time and the rhetoric around the political debate got pretty hot. It even assumed an international dimension when De Gaulle decided to subtly insert himself in the whole business. What De Gaulle had to say (and he was guilty of this many times in his political career and Mitterand was just as bad) was ambiguous enough to infuriate, frighten, provoke and comfort those who listened to it depending on what side he or she was on.
Language politics and identity are still on the table and matters of debate in that province and elsewhere in Canada. There is an entire chapter in the book Language, Nation and State: Identity Politics in a Multilingual Age edited by the great Tony Judt and Denis Lacorne devoted to this topic. This is one to read before one dips one's toes in these waters because it not only talks about Canada but many other places where language and identity are issues. Like, for example, France, which is on the wrong side of EU rules for respecting minority languages.
The anglophone exodus provoked a lot of anger at the time. Perhaps it still does. Some of the comments I read in response to the videos were pretty judgmental. I wasn't there when it happened and I'm sure not going to express an uninformed opinion about it here. I do think, however, that the videos are worth watching. These are people expressing their feelings and answering the question, "Why did you leave?" You may not agree with them and maybe what they have to say will make you angry if you are a French-Canadian. All I can say is that you (and I) are not them. It's also important, I think, to listen all the way to the end because how they felt back in the 1970's is not necessarily what they feel today.
So, if you are going to watch it, I'd ask that you withhold judgement until the end of the third video and then exercise your powers of empathy. What would you have done in their place under those circumstances?
Enjoy the story.