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  1. Anglophone: A person who speaks English natively or adopted English as his or her primary language through assimilation.
  2. Allophone: Name given to a person who speaks neither French nor English as his/her primary language. It comes from statistical jargon in Québec.
  3. Assimilation: [From Latin assimilation, meaning to render similar.] The process whereby a minority group gradually adopts the customs and attitudes of the prevailing culture inside which its members are immersed.
  4. Canada: comes from the Iroquoian "Kanata", which means "village" or close. Canada will be the name given by the French to St. Lawrence river valley. See the detailed article on the various uses of the word throughout history.
  5. Confederation: The act of confederating; a league; a compact for mutual support; alliance, particularly of princes, nations, or states.
  6. Constitution: The fundamental, organic law or principles of government of men, embodied in written documents, or implied in the institutions and usages of the country or society; also, a written instrument embodying such organic law, and laying down fundamental rules and principles for the conduct of affairs.
  7. Decolonization: The action of changing from colonial dependence to independent status.
  8. Defamation: The act of injuring a moral person's reputation by any slanderous communication, written or oral; the wrong of maliciously injuring the good name of another; slander; detraction; calumny; aspersion.
  9. Distinct Society: Term put forward by the Québec Liberals. The most laughable euphemism to state that Quebecers form a national community inside the national community of Canadians. In other words, there is a nation within the nation.
  10. English Canada: Generally refers to Canada without Quebec. Synonymous with the ROC (see below). Anglophones of non-English origin and anglicized immigrants tend to not like this expression because they do not recognize themselves in it. However, without Quebec, Canada is de facto as English-speaking as the United-States is if not more.
  11. Ethnic: [From Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos, from ethnos, meaning a people, a nation] Of or relating to a sizable group of people sharing a common and distinctive racial, national, religious, linguistic, or cultural heritage.
  12. Ethnicization: From French ethnicisation in Québec's political jargon. Process by which francophone Quebecers are treated as an ethnic minority amongst many others inside an increasingly English-speaking Canada. This process, covered up by the empty federal policy of multiculturalism, gradually marginalizes the francophone majority of Québec and competes with the idea of an all inclusive Québec nation and the Québec government's policy of interculturalism.
  13. Federalism: A system of government in which power is divided between a central authority and constituent political units.
  14. Federalist: A supporter of the federal system. In Québec's political jargon, it refers to a defender of Canadian federalism, not federalism in general.
  15. Federal Spending Power: Constitutional power granted to the Canadian federal government. This power has been repeatedly abused by the government of Ottawa to invade provincial jurisdictions such as education, language, culture, and social services.
  16. Francophone: A person who speaks French natively or adopted it as his/her primary language through assimilation.
  17. Identity: The set of behavioural or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable as a member of a group. The quality or condition of being the same as something else.
  18. Imperialism: The policy of extending a nation's political authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations. Also, the system, policies, or practises of such a government.
  19. Indirect Rule: Principle behind Great Britain's colonial policies.
  20. Nation: [From Old French nation, from Latin natio meaning to be born.] A body of persons sharing one or more of the following attributes: customs, traditions, origins, history, religion, institutions, and language; a people, a nationality. In the English language, the word nation can refer to the territory which the nation occupies (country) or the political body including the people in it (sovereign State).
  21. Nationalist: One who is devoted to the interests or culture of a particular nation. One who advocates national unity and independence.
  22. Nationality: The sum of the qualities which distinguish a nation; national character or the status of belonging to a particular nation by origin, birth, or naturalization.
  23. People: A body of persons sharing one or more of the following attributes: customs, traditions, origins, history, religion, institutions, and language.
  24. Province: [From Old French province, from Latin provincia meaning conquered territory. A province is a a territory governed as an administrative or political unit of a country or empire; a colony.
  25. Repatriation: Rooted in French patrie, meaning fatherland. The repatriation (rapatriement in French) means to bring back to the fatherland. In Canadian politics, it refers to the 1982 Repatriation of the 1867 British North America Act.
  26. Republic: A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to designate the officers and representatives responsible to them.
  27. Right: Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality or in accordance with fact, reason, or truth; that which is correct.
  28. ROC: Rest Of Canada. This term refers to Canada outside Québec.
  29. Sovereignty: Complete independence and self-government. The power to adopt all laws, levy all taxes and sign all treaties.
  30. Sovereignty-Association: Political movement advocating the attainment of sovereignty for Québec all the while promoting an economic and political reunion based on the principal of equality of nations and the need for international interdependence.
  31. Sovereignist: From French souverainiste. In Québec's political jargon, a supporter of Québec's attainment to sovereignty.
  32. State: [From Old French estat.] A political body typically constituting a nation.
  33. (Federated) State: A state that is a one of the internally autonomous territorial and political units composing a federation.
  34. (Sovereign) State: A state which administers its own government, and is not dependent upon, or subject to, another power.
  35. Status Quo: Comes from Latin meaning the existing state of affairs. In Québec's political jargon, it refers to the current political situation of Québec within the Canadian federation.

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  • The overwhelming majority of the definitions come from the website Dictionary.com