The French term pure laine literally meaning pure wool (and often interpreted as true blue or dyed-in-the-wool) refers to the people having exclusively original ancestry of the French-Canadians. Another similar term is de souche (roughly in English, old stock).
While most French-Canadians are able to trace their ancestry back to the original settlers of New France, a number are descended from mixed marriages between the French and Irish settlers. When these shared the same Roman Catholic faith, their unions were approved by the once-powerful Roman Catholic Church in Quebec. Another factor was the settlement of many English people in the region, many of whom were ultimately assimilated into the francophone culture. Recently, Quebec has also enjoyed the benefits of a policy of immigration from French-speaking countries, which has added to, and changed, French-Canadian culture.
The use of pure laine is sometimes deprecated. Regardless, English-language commentators Brigitte Pellerin of the Ottawa Citizen  and Jan Wong of The Globe and Mail  have used the term. The mainstream French-language newspaper La Presse, however, still uses both the terms pure laine and de souche.
 See also
- "Charest seeks Globe apology over notion culture a factor in school shootings" by the Canadian Press, The Gazette, September 19, 2006. Retrieved September 20, 2006.
- "Les « pures laines » coupables ?" by Antoine Robitaille, La Presse, September 19, 2006.
- Ottawa, The (2007-03-20). "''Don't faint, I'm siding with a separatist''". Canada.com. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
- Post, National (2006-09-23). "''L'affaire Wong' becomes talk of Quebec''". Canada.com. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
- Katia Gagnon : La commission Bouchard-Taylor... à l'envers | Actualités | Cyberpresse
 Further reading
|Look up pure laine in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
- Taras Grescoe. Sacre Blues: An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec. Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 2004. ISBN 1-55199-081-4