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'Moving Day' replaces 'Canada Day' in Quebec Best Buy ad
CBC News ^ | June 30, 2013 | CBC News

Posted on 07/01/2013 3:59:10 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian

Best Buy's latest promotion has provoked an angry response on social media, but the company is defending its decision to recognize what it calls the "Moving Day holiday" in Quebec.

Many people have been surprised to see a flyer promoting a "Moving Day Sale" in Quebec on July 1. The same promotion is being advertised in the rest of the country as a "Canada Day Sale."

(Excerpt) Read more at cbc.ca ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: canada; holiday; quebec
After the Conquest of New France, in an effort to ensure a peaceful reign over Quebec and a buttress against a restive American colonial population, the people of New France were allowed to keep their laws, language (French) and religion (Roman Catholicism). This effort paid off. When the Americans attacked Quebec and Montreal during the Revolution and later during the War of 1812, Quebec militia fought against the American invaders, defeating them.

One of the legacies was the retention of French civil law in Quebec. Part of this is a tradition that leases expire June 30. As such, about 60-70% of moves occur on Canada (moving) Day. It has been known as 'moving day' in Quebec for multiple generations, so the stink this advert has caused is a tempest in a teapot, but somewhat interesting to discuss.

1 posted on 07/01/2013 3:59:10 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Quebeckers like to be offended. For them it’s a hobby.


2 posted on 07/01/2013 4:00:17 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Make Quebec secede while giving the northern 3/4’s back to the Indians.


3 posted on 07/01/2013 4:02:30 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

I always wanted to ask someone from Canada, what kinds of boxes do you folks buy for Boxing Day? I want to impress my canadian friends. Is there, like, a certain colour?

Did I spell that right?

Seriously, isn’t this the same as the “Happy Holidays” vs. “Marry Christmas” controversies that erupt every year?


4 posted on 07/01/2013 4:26:11 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

“It has been known as ‘moving day’ in Quebec for multiple generations, so the stink this advert has caused is a tempest in a teapot, but somewhat interesting to discuss.”

Exactly. Even back in HS in Vancouver, we were already taught that QC’ers saw to it as Moving Day. QC is a separate country in IMHO, where even if you go to Denny’s in Montreal, you have to ask first if they speak English. Of course, the clowns at the CBC will make a story out of this...


5 posted on 07/01/2013 4:58:59 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian
A couple of months ago I spent the day in Montreal (having spent the night before with relatives in northern Vermont).I went to park my car at a city meter which was one of those fancy ones that require you to put a ticket on your dashboard.I wasn't sure how to use it so I tried to ask a guy passing by...with my best,and most polite,French I asked "parlez-vous Anglaise?".The guy looked at me like I had just asked him if he fornicated with his sister.Not a very warm welcome.

In the end I figured it out myself...and discovered that it took US quarters.

6 posted on 07/01/2013 5:58:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

The ads should really say “Dominion Day”. To commemorate the day Canada became a self governing Dominion, as opposed to Canada Day which serves to remind people the name of the country is Canada.

Imagine changing the name of Independence Day to “America Day”. That in essence is what happened in Canada.


7 posted on 07/01/2013 6:29:35 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps
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To: Owl558
Someone has seriously misled you about Boxing Day in Canada because you have it all wrong. Boxing Day is about this:

Boxing_Day

There is so much stress associated with Christmas, ensuring that the various in-laws and out-laws all get along for Christmas, and that there are no new family feuds started. After ensuring that all the kids and adults bundle up and head to church on Christmas Eve; ensuring that wierd Uncle Joe, you know the one who likes to kiss all the girls under the mistletoe, but just a little bit too long for most, is not seated beside any of the ladies. The stress of ensuring that no one gets a duplicate gift; that no feels shortchanged; that you have an assortment of foods to meet all alergies and tastes and most importantly; you have enough booze to keep everyone happy. Boxing Day was designed for stress relief AFTER Christmas, but commercial enterprise took the real meaning out of Boxing Day, like they did with Christmas.

FWIW, we say "Merry Christmas" in my family, even crazy old Uncle Joe whom no one has ever asked to Marry.

(sarc)

8 posted on 07/01/2013 6:31:32 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: GreenLanternCorps
I agree completely! In fact yesterday, as I led our small church plant in worship, I felt led to sing O Canada! in honour of Canada Day on July 1. I also mentioned that I prefer to call the holiday 'Dominion Day', which got thumbs up from some of the older Canadians in the congregation.
9 posted on 07/01/2013 6:37:25 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

“Someone has seriously misled you about Boxing Day in Canada...”

Yes indeed, it seems that I’ve been had. So I’m safe to assume that Dominion Day is not about bondage and whips?


10 posted on 07/02/2013 2:20:09 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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Sorry, you've been misled again! I think that you are getting Dominion Day confused with Domin(at)ion Day. Domination Day is pretty much every day that the government is in session, as Ontario and Quebec seem to dominate the rest of Canada. Dominion Day is (was) July 1st.
11 posted on 07/02/2013 10:11:40 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: Owl558

In all seriousness, Boxing Day is a carry-over from Merry Olde England. It was a custom for tradesmen to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or gifts on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. There is an older English custom. As servants would wait on their masters on Christmas Day, they were allowed to visit their families the next. The employers would often give each servant a box to take home containing gifts and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food, hence, Boxing Day.

How it morphed into the biggest shopping day of the year, I do not know. As a boy growing up in Ontario, Boxing Day was a holiday and the sales began on the 27th. Of course back then, almost all stores were closed on Sunday, ‘The Lord’s Day’.


12 posted on 07/02/2013 10:25:14 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

I’m familiar with the old English custom of giving food and presents to servants the day after Christmas. As with so many Anglo customs, it is quaint and cute and very English.

You’re a good sport for putting up with my go at humor at your holiday’s expense.


13 posted on 07/03/2013 1:13:18 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: Owl558
Thank you.

Among the many beefs I have with the lefties in this country is their changing the name of our national holiday from 'Dominion Day' to 'Canada Day'. Think of it like if the Democrats changed 'Independence Day' to 'America Day'!

Under the Constitution Act, 1867, the name of THIS country is officially the 'Dominion of Canada'; 'dominion' as opposed to 'commonwealth' or 'kingdom', etc. 'Dominion' was chosen, based upon Psalm 72:8 (He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. King James Version). Also, Canada's motto is A Mari Usque Ad Mare, Latin for "from sea to sea".

Happy America Independence Day, neighbours!

14 posted on 07/03/2013 2:38:37 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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