Le Grand Hémorragie: Background information when reading Vandal Love

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Vandal Love

A Novel

by Deni Y. Béchard

Vandal Love
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Le Grand Hémorragie

Although some elements of Vandal Love seem mystical or even supernatural in their origins, one significant theme of the novel is very much rooted in history. Early in the story, Hervé - Jude and François's father - expresses disgust with the mass migration of Québécois away from the country of their birth, a journey of which his own children will soon take part.

Quebec flag In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (and in particular between 1840 and the Great Depression in the 1930s), there was a major migration of French Canadians to the United States and Ontario known as "Le Grand Hémorragie" during which time approximately 900,000 residents of Québec emigrated in search of work and prosperity. This migration began in response to a lack of rural land in the Province of Québec (specifically in the Saint Lawrence Valley), which was brought on by restrictions on land development. Though at that time Canada was run by local governments, it was ...

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