"Please don't judge us based on Quebec.... *whispers* they're a bit crazy..."
In some cases, they are to the French as certain Boston, Mass people are to the Irish. So ultra patriotic to their heritage that they missed the bit where the "mother country" evolved over time out of the rose-tinted past the ex pats "remember".
EDIT. I just remembered, a colleague of mine went to Quebec a few years ago. After many misunderstandings, he decided it was easier to speak English. After that, everything went fine. My mate? Yeah, he's French.