im aware of the history. I lived in montreal for fifteen years, so I am making this observation based on my experience in my time there. I don't wanna start a tired to death "linguistic debate" I just genuinely found it amusing that quebec is accepting on so many social levels yet makes it difficult for the unilingual that live there based on past grievances and misunderstanding of how they think the rest of Canada views their culture. yes the yonguer generation is far more accepting and open than their predecessors this is why stupid things like xenophobia and homophobia will be a thing of the past in the next couple of generations (I hopefully assume)
There are extremists on both sides, anglophones and francophones, that`s for sure.
That being said, Québec has only 1 official language, and you have to understand those who say that if you`re going to move to Québec and want to be a participating member of society, speaking the language (or at the very least, attempting to) is important.
I've met and know many anglophones or allophones who live in Québec and make the effort. A simple ''merci'', or ''bonjour'' goes a LONG way.. it shows that you`re making an effort.
What a lot of francophones do not like however are the people who live here speaking not a word of french and when they show they do not care and do not make the effort. The same ones who feel entitled and will spit on french and the language laws.
The language laws are there for a reason. And Québec is far from being the only society in the world with language laws. As a society of 7 million people (less than that are francophones) surrounded by a whole continent of english people, it is necessary to try and promote french and give the best tools possible for immigrants to integrate our society, not just come live here and make their own little cultural guetto.
There is still a lot of work to be done. I don`t know about you folks, but i personally would not move to Italy and expect to live and speak only french (or english). It`s the same thing for any nation i would choose to move to or join.
It is not too much of an effort to ask for.
As i said earlier, there are extremists on both sides of the fence.. anglophones AND francophones. What is important is to be able to not generalize over a few ridiculous stories or people.