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Simon Bérubé loves Quebec, its culture, French language and people, but he and his parents decided the best thing he could do for his future was to enrol in one of the province's English-language junior colleges.
Bérubé, 18, is a francophone and as such was not allowed to attend English primary or secondary school because of the province's Bill 101 language law.
(Graham Hughes/Canadian Press) Quebec's English community is used to having its institutions threatened by political parties trying to get votes, said Geoffrey Chambers, vice-president of an anglophone advocacy group.Rochefort has her own historical theory about the development of male and female dating characteristics in Quebec that make it so vexing for new arrivals.“When men came back from the logging camps, those women who were single didn’t have the time to wait around for a partner,” she said.If there was to be a courtship, a marriage, a household and children, it had to happen fast.“It was the woman who took things into her own hands so it could be dealt with before the men left again. There are surely others.”Other reasons suggested at the workshop include the rise of a robust feminist movement in Canada and the high divorce rate in North America, which may have resulted in boys being raised without a male role model to teach them about gallantry and more traditional modes of gender relations.But he has also benefitted from the supposed opportunism of women from Quebec, albeit when he was in France.“She was the one who made the first move, but I was the one who invited her out to dinner and took the matter in hand,” he said, adding that he wasn’t put off by a forward woman.“I’m the same way with French women so I was pretty happy to have an experience with someone who took the lead.”Fourquet said she is both destabilized by and optimistic about her enhanced role and increased power under this Canadian style of courtship.
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But he and a growing number of his peers are choosing to attend Quebec's pre-university English junior colleges, which are not subject to the law.