English Canada

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English Canada is a term referring to one of the following:

  1. The Canadian areas of Canada that have an anglophone majority. This excludes the francophone province of Quebec in total, most of New Brunswick, Northern and Eastern Ontario, Winnipeg, and other pockets of Western Canada. Consequently, usage is usually in the context of geopolitical discussions involving Quebec. Among supporters of the two-nations theory, English-Canada is one of two founding nations, the other being French-Canada or Quebec.[1] In avoidance of the two-nations theory, English-Canada is often referred to as the "ROC" (Rest of Canada). The expression has been used during the conscription crisis[2]
  2. When discussing English-speaking Canadians in contrast to opposed to French-speaking Canadians. It is employed when comparing English- and French-language literature, media, art, and institutions. The 20% of Canadians whose native language is neither English nor French are either lumped into one of the two groups according to their knowledge and usage of the official language or classified separately as allophones.[3]
  3. English Canadians, in some historical contexts, refers to Canadians who have origins in England (in contrast to: Canadiens French: Canadien(ne)s français(es)), French Canadians Scottish Canadians, Irish Canadians etc.)

According to the 2006 Census of Canada, the population of English-speaking Canadians is between 17,882,775 and 24,423,375, finding the population outside of this designation to be 23,805,130 individuals.[citation needed]

Estimates of Canadians with origins described as English is estimated to be about six million; a precise number is difficult to estimate for several reasons. Another 6.7 million people reported their ethnicity as simply "Canadian" without further specification, which would include those with an admixture of multiple ethnicities, particularly those long present in Canada (e.g. French, Irish, English, and Scottish), making it possible that the number is much higher than the nearly 6 million who reported as having English origins. On the other hand, historically, there have also been numerous Canadians who have hidden their true ancestry for different political reasons to join the dominant English group, such as to avoid discrimination, as seems to have been the case of the reported German-origin population, which dropped by nearly half after the First World War with a commensurate rise in reports of English origins.

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  1. ^ Forsey, Eugene A. (1962). "Canada: Two Nations or One?". The Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science. 28 (4): 485–501. doi:10.2307/139291. ISSN 0315-4890. JSTOR 139291.
  2. ^ "Musée McCord Museum - To Which Voice Will He Listen?". collections.musee-mccord.qc.ca. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  3. ^ "Allophone". parli.ca. Toronto: Campbell Strategies Inc. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2017.