Politicizing Poutine

By Ian Alexander Cuthbertson Poutine, a delicious mess of french fries, cheese curds, and gravy, has recently been described as Canada’s national dish. Given poutine’s origins in rural Québec, these claims shed light on the tensions at play in the ongoing construction of Canadian identity. Poutine’s status as Canada’s national delicacy remains unofficial despite a …

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Did you catch the NY Times piece on who owns poutine? Those who know something about the founding of Canada as a colonial possession, by both France and Britain, might also know something of the long history that has led to some in one of Canada’s provinces, Quebec, having a strong sense of themselves as …