Quebec City's 400th birthday stays under radar
Quebec City was a cobblestone key to establishing a European settlement in North America, but its 400th birthday is approaching with the stealth of Gen. James Wolfe's infantry scaling the city's cliffs some 250 years ago.
The city is arguably the birthplace of Canada, but Quebec's history of English and French conflict and nationalist politics, along with a dose of organizational misstep, are conspiring to keep a lid on the year-long bash.
The old girl will be 400 in 2008, but the kids can't stop fighting about the party arrangements. Do we invite the Queen? Do we invite the Pope? Do we redo the Plains of Abraham, best 2 out of 3, with regulation hockey sticks?