To gain a Canadian identity we must learn to identify with a nation, Canada. This is one of the main reasons we lack a Canadian identity, because we as Canadians do not really think of ourselves as Canadians. We may be Canadians but we think of Canada as a place of refuge rather than a home. This ties in with our lack of patriotism. Many Canadians that I know, come Olympic time or another big world competition, rather that cheering for Canada, will cheer for their home country.
From the beginning of the 20th century until the present Canada’s culture has undergone and some state that Canadian culture doesn't exist. Canada’s cultural diversity created an accepting environment for people but Canada was not always a diverse country and it did not always accept non-white immigrants. Canada was an ethnically divided place, Chinese immigration was excluded, Japanese Canadians were put in camps and Jews and blacks were discriminated. In 1900, the Federal i... ... middle of paper ... ... culture is rich and unique culture and it can’t be defined. 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 act itself did not draw in many immigrants however it did distribute existing residents across Canada. The next most significant change was the immigration act of 1906. It was created to prevent specific types of people who may hinder the growth of Canada. Generally it prohibited ‘undesirable’ immigrants ... ... middle of paper ... ...ettlers and Asian and Black people were undesired. Despite Asian people benefitting Canada by filling up jobs, between 1885 and 1923 the Canadian government created a head tax on Asian immigrants.
This has been a new beginning for Canada as an independent country, which is a positive impact of war. When the World War began, there were many volunteers, but as war progressed, enlistment campaigns were falling short, so the government introduced a Military Service Act. The Prime Minister, Robert Border predicted a conflict, and he knew conscription would not be supported and in order to increase his chances of winning he compromised that he would give women the right to vote, if they vote for conscription therefore, affected the voting rights in Canada in a positive way. After the World War, there were many problems facing the economy, which has led to the formation of new political parties. The three new political parties were the Union Nationale, the Social Credit Party and the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, which was the most successful of all.
The most drastic changes that applied to Canada were the independence of Canada, investing a huge army force into World War II and getting recognition from it. Canada soon becomes a separate country from Mother Britain. Also, the conscious effort of the Canadian Government to avoid a repeat of the economic destruction was a necessity for the economy to regain its centre. The support for the returning veterans was crucial because the veterans were worried that they had no job when returning as a veteran. However, that wasn’t the case, veterans returning from World War II were returned to their original jobs and with benefits.
Fortunately, Canada was not as heavily impacted by the crisis compared to the United States. The main reason that Canada could avoid most of the repercussions was probably that while America was structuring a system to achieve maximum access and innovation, Canada was willing to sacrifice some of both in turn for more stability. Throughout history, the United States had always feared centralized monetary
Settlers poured in from all over the world, tempted with free land and religious liberty Europeans settled in Canada by the thousands. They brought with them traditions and a legal system modeled after the English governments. Although is undeniable that Immigration made Canada into the strong nation that it is, I feel that Immigration as it is set up these days does not build our country but tears it down. The open gates policy implemented by our government leaves the Canadian social system wide open to be abused by would-be migrants in other countries. It is quite obvious that the system currently running is quite imperfect.
Dr. Joseph Wong, whose community activism has earned him the Order of Canada, thinks that despite changes in Chinese attitudes, fear is still an obstacle towards political evolution. People are not afraid to demand for equal rights but the so-called mainstream politics and elected office is still baffling to the Chinese. The Chinese community's history in Canada also plays a major role in its reluctance to venture into politics. Following the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the federal government imposed a heavy head tax on new Chinese immigrants. Only from the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Trudeau government liberalization of immigration that Chinese people came to Canada from Hong Kong.
This shows that Canada is a nation worth listening to, a nation worth negotiating with. Pearson's quote calls for a long term solution, not a short term one. Ending the fighting would be temporary, but creating peace would create a stable environment, where violence is less likely to erupt.Of course, not all of Canada's peacekeeping efforts have been successful. In 1994, Canadian troops were unable to prevent the death of 800, 000 Rw... ... middle of paper ... ... support, so it can help unite the country. Despite all these benefits, Canadian contributions to UN peacekeeping missions have halted as of late, which contributes to its waning global reputation.Peacekeeping has the ability to place Canada on a pedestalin the eyes of the world, because it is a project that is supported by many influential nations such as the United States (U.S. Department of State, 2010) and Australia (Australian War Memorial, 2011).
Although the Canadian government acknowledged its prejudice policies and gave monetary restitutions to those directly affected by the internment, it could have done a lot more to compensate the Japanese Canadian, as the pain and suffering experienced by the Japanese Canadians were unforgettable and scarring, the amount of restitution paid by the Canadian government was much less than what was paid by other governments who had similar discriminatory policies, and the negative impact of internment on the Japanese culture and descendants in Canada. Although the Canadian government reimbursed Japanese Canadians for their suffering during internment, the government did not admit full responsibilities for all the direct and indirect torturous acts it subjected Japanese Canadians to in WWII. About 22, 000 (7) people of Japanese of descent (men, women and children), 75% of whom were Canadian citizens (3.5), were forced from their homes and to live in crowded, small, unhygienic internment cam... ... middle of paper ... ... more to amend its wrongs. The Canadian government failed to account for many of the physical pains that were inflicted on Japanese Canadians and psychological damages caused by Japanese-Canadian discrimination. Also, the Canadian government should have considered the fact that many other countries, such as America and Germany, have done much more than Canada to reimburse victims of extreme racism and discrimination.