Note: Adélard Dugrés was a Jesuit novelist from Trois-Rivières (1881-1970). According to him, why did so many French Canadians from the countryside adopt American ways?


« Our countryside is no longer a refuge for our old customs. For a long time now, and especially since the invasion of our peaceful parishes by  media, the automobile and the catalogues from big businesses, our citizens have taken to adopting the language, the habits and ways of Americans. The city, the United States, fascinates our good citizens of the countryside and influences them to disguise themselves as Americans

Source of extract: Free translation of Adélard DUGRÉS, La Campagne canadienne : Croquis et leçons, Montréal, Imprimerie du Messager, 1925, p. 6.