Quebec’s identity-and its ongoing identity crisis–centres around the French language, even though Parisians dispute that French is actually spoken in Quebec. Other defining habits are separatism, referring to English Canadians as “exploiters” or “swine”, and not showing up for constitutional and resource sales conventions organized by the federal government to appease them. Quebecois enjoy tearing down English-language signs, using real estate under native land claims for golf courses and hydroelectric sites and eating caramelized maple sap laced with atmospheric sulfuric acid straight off the snow.

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