French-English Relations. Canada was once a French colony. French people settled in Quebecand brought along their seigneurial system and Catholicism to Canada. However, Canada became Britain’s colony under the Treaty of Paris after France lost to Britain in the Seven Years’ War. Until Canada became confederated as the Dominion of Canada in 1867,Great Britain ruled over Canada! After Canada.
Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) Inspired by the catastrophic events and internationally felt effects of WWII, French Canadian author Gabrielle Roy’s debut novel Bonheur d’occasion was published in 1945. Relentlessly realistic portrayals of the poor living in a small quarter of Montreal, Bonheur d’occasion was not only a beautiful book of prose but also a stirring manifesto calling its readers.