Canada Land of Hope and Hustle

Once troubled Quebec becomes a province of prosperity

A decade ago, the adjectives most often used to describe Quebec were angry, sullen or depressed. Now writers seeking to characterize Canada's French- speaking province are more likely to use such words as vibrant, self- assured and confident. With good reason. Back in the 1970s, Quebec was a troubled and troubling region, riven by internal frictions, feuding with Ottawa's federal government and openly threatening to secede from the country. Political turmoil was aggravated by economic crisis, as nationalism among the 80% of Quebecers whose first language is French drove out many English- speaking businesses and helped boost the unemployment rate to...

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