From: An Illinois Reader [Send him mail]
I read the recent letter about Quebec and recalled my own experience in Quebec City last week. I saw a graffito stating, Quebecois de souche (i.e., Old-Stock Quebecker). I`m not a Quebecker, de souche or otherwise, but how refreshing it is to see a people who actually take pride in their heritage, rather than sniveling and apologizing like American WASPs.
As far as patriots in America and Anglophone Canada are concerned, we`re all Quebeckers now—squeezed between unfavorable demographic pressures and a powerful elite that does not share our sense of nationhood. To adapt Charles de Gaulle`s famous address to Montreal, "Vive l`Amerique Libre!"
As for the term "Quebecois de souche," a quick search finds an Anglo-Canadian blogger noting that the Bouchard-Taylor report (a Quebec governmental commission on how fast Quebec should surrender to Muslims) “seeks to stamp out the term `Quebecois de souche` because, according to them, it alienates immigrants.”
By comparison, the term “Old Stock American” is almost unknown these days, and disparaged as racist. (An example from Google Books: “Certainly, aspects of the discourse of racial science remain; Peter Brimelow, for example, refers often to "stock"..”. Of course he does.)