I'm reading through various friends' blogs and forums and I see a whole lot of "all the people I know in London are safe", which makes me look at my screen with bulging eyes. You know multiple people in London?! I think that many Anglo-Canadians* still have a lot of connections with the ancestral Isles, familial and cultural. As for us Frenchies, all contact ended in 1759. I do not have relatives in Paris, and I don't know anyone in Québec that has relatives in France, and that's probably the case for 95% of Québécois. Those that have connections have them because of recent reconnecting, either through marrying a French citizen, work or some such thing. We as a population block have been rather homogenous for 200 years, with most English keeping their distance, and any of them fleeing the province starting from the 1970s. (There's been a lot more mixing with the Irish population, since they were Catholics, and in many cases they were absorbed.) I think this continuous social isolation has created a much stronger sense of belonging here (or being stuck here), and a much more conscious identity, than for Anglo-Canadians. I would say that a certain proportion of the latter could be considered part of an "Anglo Diaspora" whereas Québécois people, while having a common ancestry with France, are pretty much on their own.
Anyway, this is a bit rough but I'll have to think more about this. Nitpicking about my labelling is appreciated.
*Anglo-Canadians here refers to people from the British Isles, not to all English-speakers in the country.