The People of Canada
The population of Canada sits somewhere around 34 million, making Canada an officially “mid-sized” country. Smaller than places like Brazil, Poland or Egypt, but bigger than Peru, Taiwan or Holland.
As we learned in the history chapter, Canadians didn’t just spring from the soil. Aside from a small community of aboriginals, everyone who lives in Canada is descended from immigrants of some sort, the offspring of agricultural settlers and economic migrants who left their native homelands to eke out a better living in the mysterious New World.
British immigrants came in waves; some Anglo-Canadian families have been living in Canada so long they have no idea when their forefathers first sailed over, while others may be the offspring of English or Scottish workers who left the British Isles during 20th century periods of war or depression.
Co-existing (often uneasily) with the Anglos are the French-Canadians, or Francophones, who represent the second-biggest ethno-demographic in Canada, at around 16 per cent the national populace. Concentrated almost in the provinceof Quebec.