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We also examine the questions of foreign ownership and the penetration of American cultureespecially via the mediainto Canada. The final section presents our conclusions about whether Canada constitutes a society in the sociological sense of the term. A Social Portrait of Canada This section presents an overview of the fundamental characteristics of the Canadian population, making comparisons whenever possible with the population characteristics of other industrialized countries, especially the United States.
First, as with ethnic identity, language groups are concentrated geographically. English is the dominant language outside Quebec, and French is concentrated in Quebec and declines as one moves farther from that province. In every province west of Quebec the percentage of the population with French mother tongue is smaller than the percentage with "other" (non-English, non-French) mother tongue. Second, the figures indicate a process of assimilation of non-British ethnic groups, including French, to the English language.
Indeed, it may be more appropriate to describe Canada as not one but two societiesEnglish and French. Since the British conquest of New France (Quebec) in 1759, Canada has had to face the problem of integrating not only two languages but two religions and two cultures with two visions of nationhood. Added to this division is the great diversity of ethnic groups within English (or more appropriately "non-French") Canada, as well as regional differences in economic activities. The geographic proximity of the United States had a decisive influence on Canada.