Canada is a country in which two cultures, English and French, exist side by side. The French province of Quebec clings to French as its language, as do parts of Ontario. The Maritime Provinces, those in Canada’s midwest, in the far west, and in the north are essentially British in their outlook and language. Canada’s literature has also been influenced by its native and immigrant populations, including a strong Asian influence in British Columbia. Canadian literature has been written largely in two languages and has reflected two cultures that do not always coexist harmoniously. Added to this cultural split is the strong influence of the United States upon Canada.