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Notes of Alexis de Tocqueville in Lower Canada

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*A. Two
*Q. How many subscribers do they have compared to the subscribers to English papers?
*A. 800 to 1,300.
*Q. Are those papers influential?
*A. Yes. They have very decided influence, but less than one hears is enjoyed by the papers in France.
*Q. What is the position of the clergy? Have you noticed among them the political tendencies which they are alleged to have in Europe?
*A. Perhaps one might detect in them a secret tendency to rule or direct, but it amounts to very little. Generally speaking our clergy are conspicuously [[w:nationalist|nationalist]]. That is partly a result of the situation in which they find themselves placed. From the time immediately after the conquest up to our own days, the English government has worked in underhand ways to change the religious convictions of the Canadians, so as to make them a body more homogeneous with the English.
:So the interests of religion came to be opposed to the government and in harmony with those of the people. Hence whenever we have had to struggle with the English, the clergy have been at our head or in our ranks. They have continued to be loved and respected by all.
:So far from being opposed to ideas of liberty, they have preached themselves. All the measures we have taken to promote [[w:Public education|public education]], which have been pretty well forced through against the will of the English government, have been supported by the clergy. ln In Canada it is the Protestants who support [[w:Aristocracy|aristocratic ]] notions. The Catholics have been accused of being demagogues. What makes me suppose that the political color of our priests is peculiar to Canada, is that the priests who occasionally arrive here from France show, on the contrary, a compliance and docility towards authority which we cannot understand.
*Q. Are morals [[w:chaste |chaste]] in Canada?
*A. Very.
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