In the course of my Wikipedia research into the status and usage of the two official languages in Canada, I came across the following statement from the present Canadian Commissioner of the Official Languages:
Can we really define these three countries that simply? This troubles me. I know that class-consciousness is far more acutely tuned in the UK than in other places, and my present travels through the southern United States—and elsewhere in the country—have shown that racial considerations are still a daily concern. In fact I can only disagree outright with the suggestion that ‘language is at the core of Canadian experience’: it is really a question of where you live, since, for example, residents of British Columbia can rely on English as a true lingua franca, whereas in some of the eastern provinces (primarily, of course, Quebec) the conflicting relationship between French and English is more of a concern.
What then, Mr Fraser, is at the core of the ‘Australian experience’? Apologizing for things you had nothing to do with? (Zing.)