Yes Dori there really are differences between Canada and the U.S. I believe the U.S. if often referred to as a giant melting pot where everyone ends up being an American, whatever being an American means of course. Canada, on the other hand can be thought of as being a more muti-cultural nation where the broad swaths of the various ethnic and other cultures can be enjoyed while at the same everyone still thinks of themselves as being Canadian. Again, whatever that means to the individual. I think it is a quite a good system personally and I maintain many good friendships with people from other lands who have become Canadians.
The Quebec thing is always in the background in Canada. Every once in a while the separatist issue flares up and there is talk out of Quebec about separating and being one country. This has been devisive for Canadian unity and can affect the political and the financial markets in a negative way. Separation issues seem to have died down as of late, but now may be coming storming back as a result of Harper trying to hang on to power, and using the Bloc as a punching bag in the process.
Harper has said some really devisive things lately against the Bloc. Like they are not real Canadians and that they are only trying to extract gains from Canadians by allying themselves with the Coalition. Harper is just a loser because he could not make any gains in the Province of Quebec during the last election. That cost him a majority government. And, now he has brought upon this unnecessay consititutional crisis and is dividing Canadians all across the country. And, he is doing it at a vey bad time, a time of impending economic crisis, here and around the world.
Here is a decent little video explaining some of the finer points of the constitutionality of what is going on and what the options are. There is a real debate going on here as to the legitimacy of the Bloc and whether Harper is doing the right thing or not. It is all entirely political of course, and when you read the papers you will see how divided people are. You either support Harper and bid to to stay in power or you do not. That is why this is a real crisis, one that has now involved the Governor General and caused democracy and government to cease in Canada until January of next year.
Video here:http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blog ... anada.aspx