A visitor to Montreal this summer could be pardoned for being distracted from the wonders of Expo by the political antics of Charles de Gaulle.
That de Gaulle did not create the schism between French and British Canada, but came merely to exploit it, was apparent to everyone. While the central government in Ottawa at first acted as if de Gaulle hardly existed and later seemed to wish only that he would go away, the Quebecers responded with emotional fervor. British Canada kept recalling that the Expo, and indeed even de Gaulle’s visit itself, were part of the celebration of Canada’s 100th anniversary, while French Canadians relished every phrase that drove...
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