Stephen Harper states that, “there is a Canadian culture that is in some ways unique to Canada, but I don't think Canadian culture coincides neatly with borders”. The culture of Canada is a working progress and it can’t be predicted because there’s a lot to be done. The immigration policy has resulted many cultural changes in Canada such as diffusion, enculturation and acculturation. Languages, music, food, fashion and media has changed because of this massive shift. The country went from an all white community to mosaic community and the society has become more accepting for the newcomers.
This understanding stems from the understanding that many Canadians have about the idea of “two nations” in the country being of two founding peoples, the English and the French, but this sense of agreement ends here (Elliott 1). This reality has since expanded to encompass Aboriginals under this idea of nation founders, amidst an ever-expanding multicultural understanding of Canada. The historical foundations of the RCBB were sparked by a period of great change in Canada during the 1960s, especially in terms of the immigrant policies. These changes stood to both change and challenge previous immigration requirements, which were based on geographical and racial exclusion (Haque 20). With the demand for labour increasing in Canada, the immigration laws needed to be changed in order to allow for an increase in immigration once again.
Multiculturalism is a significant fabric of Canadian society that defines its unique identity among the rest of the world. Enactment of the Canadian multicultural policy (1971) affirmed government position and recognition of multiculturalism as a vital element of Canada. It is imperative to understand that multiculturalism is a static concept that keeps changing overtime and has a multidimensional entity. Canadians have always and will continue to revise the concept of multiculturalism to suit the ever expanding needs of Canadian society. In this paper, I will evaluate the reasons behind Canada’s adoption of multicultural policy and assess whether the policy should be maintained or not.
Lester B. Pearson was the prime minister at this time and he thought that the idea of Canada choosing a new flag would make Canadians have a stronger feel of nationalism for their country. Lester B. Pearson quoted, “I believe that today a flag designed around the maple leaf will symbolize and be a true reflection of the new Canada” (Quinian et al, 2008:226). The maple leaf is a very important symbol on the Canadian flag for our country, it has been the Olympic uniforms since the 1920s, and it was used to classify Canadian soldier in b... ... middle of paper ... ...l had different ideas and had the debate go on four a long time and had difficulty agreeing on the final decision. We are asked to live our lives for Christ and do everything for the glory of God. The Canadian flag debate resulted in a symbol that shows that Canada has a shared feeling of identity.
Regionalism is a political ideology based on a collective sense of place or attachment, and is discussed in terms of Canadian society, culture, economy and politics (Westfall, 3). Canada is known internationally as a nation incorporating several multiregional interests and identities into its unification of culture. Its diverse population is comprised of numerous ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and traditions; and all resides under one federal government. Ever since the founding of Canada, it has developed into regional cleavages and identities, based on various geographical topologies, lifestyles and economic interests (Westfall, 6). It is these characteristics which make it problematic for the federal government to represent all demands of its people on a national level.
The characteristics of these types of nationalism are examined through their underlying ideologies that continuously influence the Quebecois political debate. Finally, the notion of ambiguity is contemporaneous depending on whom the question is posed to , and what factors one should focus on. Quebec’s current nationalism: civic Some contemporary elements of nati... ... middle of paper ... ... through immigration policies that offer settlement opportunities and encourage integration of external groups ( Stilz, 2009). The willingness of the provincial government to fairly deal with migrants from all over the world is reflected through the composition of instruments to facilitate this matter, such as the Bouchard-Taylor Commission(Tremblay, 2010).. Free trade nationalism is propelled by globalization as a mean towards economic and political sovereignty. However, this type of nationalism may work against the secessionists as it may give further power to the Canadian federation (Hamilton, 2004).
Moreover the United States must adopt the single-payer system of Canada while still retaining a strong revenue base. This paper will discuss the strengths and shortcomings of the Canadian health care system, and how health care is a sociopolitical enigma. Furthermore, how the single-payer system is the only realistic response to the growing inadequacies within the American socioeconomic status. CANADIAN HEALTH CARE STRUCTURE Serving as a general background in its appraisal, it is necessary to outline the history and the ambient factors of the Canada health care that is so sought after by the United States. The Canadian health-insurance program, called Medicare, is administered by provincial ... ... middle of paper ... ... and this tension is prevalent in the health care system.
Chapters 3 and ... ... middle of paper ... ...nternational context was repetitive but helps display the growth of Canadian retailers. The author made references to other works and authors that we are expected to have knowledge of. I found the book a little biased since it does take a feminist approach but nonetheless, the fundamental information was covered. In conclusion, Donica Belisle wrote a compelling book depicting how mass merchandising transformed modern Canadian life. She provides valuable contributions of consumerism in early Canadian society.
Corporatism is one of many theories that Canada adopted and transitioned to fit within its framework after Mercantilism. Corporatism was a reaction against the social and political thought of capitalism and political conflict between classes. The transition from a mercantilist school of thought to corporatism paved the economic history of Canada to what it is today. One could still see the path of this transition by assessing the path dependency of the oldest corporation in Canada. Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) was founded in the late 17th century.
The idea of Canada being a “multicultural” society has arguably been around since the country’s early origins, despite varying understanding of the term itself. Notably, George-Étienne Cartier, who was a Father of Confederation, conceptualized Canada “as a political nation, encompassing different cultural nations” (Davis 68). Cartier’s ability to see politics as a framework that incorporated multiple cultural nations under the assumption that they would be working together for a greater common good speaks volumes about what the Fathers of Confederation had envisioned for Canada. His initial understanding of multiculturalism in the 1860s outlines keys values which if maintained would have positively influenced the further development of Canadian public policy. Year’s later, between World War I and World War II, novelist and folklorist J. Murray Gibbon used the term “mosaic” to best describe the concentration of the Canada population.