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Quebec, QC or Quebec, Canada ?

December 10th, 2006, 01:17 AM
In a busy Parisian cafe, a tourist is sitting alone, enjoying a crème caramel. Another tourist approaches:

Me sit here?

No problem.

Thank you, very nice.

Are you on vacation?

Me, I arrive yesterday.

What country are you from?

Norway. You?

From Quebec.

Quebec? Me not know Quebec.

Quebec... near the Atlantic, next to Ontario, the Great Lakes.

No, me not know these places.

Never mind then, I'm from Canada.

Ah! Canada! Canada I know! So why you tell me you come from Quebec?

Because, my first country is Quebec!

Oh, you were born in Quebec and immigrated to Canada.

No, no, I was born in Quebec and I stay in Quebec.

Oh, then your father is from Canada?

No, no, my father, my mother, my wife, my dog, everybody, they come from Quebec.

So why you say Canada?

For Pete's sake, because you say you don't know where is Quebec!

OK, but if you say you not know Norway, me I not say that my country is Japan.

Canada isn't Japan. Canada, it's my country.

Oh, your country not Quebec anymore?.

My country is Quebec. But my country, it can be Canada too, if the person I speak to not know where is Quebec, Tabarnak!

Me not understand.

Look, it's simple: I come from the Province of Quebec, in the country of Canada.

Ok! But me not ask you what province you're from, I ask you what country. Me, I come from Lofoten region in Norway, but I answer you Norway when you ask me what country I come from.

I know, I'm not stupid. But me, when they ask me what country I come from, I answer Quebec. Even if it's the name of my province. For me, it's my country.

Oh, now I understand. You are a separatist, you want your Quebec province to be your country.

Are you crazy? I don't want to know nothing from that!

Me, I not understand anything anymore.

I tell you before, it's simple! You ask me what country I come from, I answer Quebec because Quebec is my country, but I don't really want it to
be my country, it would be too much trouble. I just want to say it. So, why don't you just let me say it?

Me all mix up. You have passport from what country: Quebec or Canada?


So why you not tell me Canada right away?

Because it don't feel right. For me, Canada is Anne Murray, the Calgary Stampede, the Mounted Police, SARS, it's not my home all that. Home, it's
La Famille Plouffe, Saraphin Poudrier, La P'tite Vie, Falix Leclerc, La Poune, Les Canadiens de Montreal, Les Bougons... Do you understand???

Less and less.

Listen, forget all that stuff. Ask me another question.

Ok, what town you come from?

Mmm..., I don't know anymore.

You not know what town you come from?

Yes, yes, I know what town I come from, but my town it merge with another town, but soon it is going to demerge from the town that was
supposed to be my town.

Oh, that very complicated! When you write your address, what do you write?

I don't know anymore. Before, I used to write Hull, but Hull changed to Gatineau, but they tell us to wait 3 years before stopping to write Hull to
not mix up the mailman. But now, the Liberals they pass a law that make it ok for Gatineau to be Hull again, but I don't know if we have to wait 3
years to be able to write Hull, or when the 3 years are passed, if we have to write Gatineau for 3 years, and after we write Hull. Unless, of course,
the PQ come back in power and we remerge with Gatineau, then we'll have to write Gatineau for 3 years. I leave now; I have hurt in my head... It's so
simple Tabarnak: My town is Hull, my country is Quebec. But if you prefer, my town is Gatineau and my country is Canada.

OK, I think I understand!

It's about time. Anyway, it was fun talking to you, if you come around where I live; maybe you come and see me.

OK, but where? Hull in Quebec or Gatineau in Canada?

You're a pain in the @ss. Forget the whole thing.

And that, my friends, is the portrait of Quebec!

December 10th, 2006, 01:23 AM
why are Quebecers such a pain in the bum??:rolleyes:

when I went to France and people owuld ask me where I was from and I'd say canada they'd reply" Quebec??" ..."uhh no...CANADA!.......Ontario"....(at the time) hehe

December 10th, 2006, 01:24 AM
hee hee.. The first half is a little too political (a couple of eggshells might be crushed) but the second half is true.

"Ok so if you're on the island of Montreal, you write Montreal as your city."

"Ok, wait. Since there are so many repeating streets, just write your address the way you used to, even though the city you used to live in doesn't actually exist anymore."

"Now pay us tons and tons of taxes."

December 10th, 2006, 01:52 AM
Rainbow, you're on a roll tonight. You're a brave BCer to fuel this fire :) .

December 10th, 2006, 02:07 AM
Well I think most of the QCer's here have a sense of humour...................I hope. :o

December 10th, 2006, 02:08 AM
We'll see. Won't we? :evil:

December 10th, 2006, 02:19 AM
Sounds like Elvis Gratton ! :D

December 10th, 2006, 02:21 AM
Who is Elvis Gratton? :confused:

December 10th, 2006, 02:25 AM
We'll see. Won't we? :evil:

But it's only a joke. :p

December 10th, 2006, 02:31 AM
Who is Elvis Gratton? :confused:

Elvis Gratton is a french quebecer movie (70's?) that makes fun at french quebecers. It's pretty funny.

December 10th, 2006, 02:41 AM if anyone gets annoyed I can just blame it on Elvis Gratton. :D

December 10th, 2006, 02:43 AM if anyone gets annoyed I can just blame it on Elvis Gratton. :D

I would not get annoyed at jokes about french quebecers. I can laugh a myself ! :crazy:

December 10th, 2006, 08:18 AM
Funny, I always say Montreal, Canada! ;)

Golden Girls
December 11th, 2006, 02:21 PM
OMG that's hillarious!

December 12th, 2006, 07:36 PM
You want Quebec funnies? Try this on for size: ( Especially "Le Willy Waller 2006" and "Haloween". :D

December 12th, 2006, 07:52 PM
Hey writing4fun, where have you been ? Is hubby alright ? BTW,they are talking about translating tete a claque in english. It's getting sooo big, I heard some of it (Willy Waller 2006) on chom fm this morning, english radio station!

December 13th, 2006, 08:54 AM
Bonjour Frenchy! :D Hubby's fine. He's back at work full time now. We've just been very busy. :crazy: I don't think Têtes A Claques will be as funny in English. ;)

December 13th, 2006, 11:19 AM
Bonjour Frenchy! :D Hubby's fine. He's back at work full time now. We've just been very busy. :crazy: I don't think Têtes A Claques will be as funny in English. ;)

:thumbs up for your hubby ! Tetes a claques is the new craze, you're right, won't be the same in english !