Canadian National Identity and Political Culture
Gzowski’s 1972 question
- Famous Canadian radio personality
- Often asked callers to “complete the sentence: “As Canadians as…”
Federal symbols and policies
- Some governments have signature policies and bills.
- National Policy
o Desire to have the railroad
o Physically unite Canada
Social security network
Evolved in terms of peacekeeping and internationalism
Evolved to encompass healthcare
Most dramatic symbol is Canada’s flag
Canada used a British flag up until 1965
Timing is not a coincidence
Québec resented the idea of British flags representing Canada
Debate began on whether to continue being loyal to Britain
o Trudeau: national symbols, national identity and national unity
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Constitution Act of 1982
Policy is often used/created in his government
Idea behind official bilingualism was that it would be English and French
- Entrenchment of Policy Symbols
We do not identify change overtime
- Challenges of Policy Symbols of National Identity
o Not many people support the current activities of the army
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Arctic Sovereignty
o Harper has been pushing arctic sovereignty as a part of national identity.
Do Canadians have strong national identities?
- Canadian national identities are rather robust.
- Canadians do identify with their country.
How do Canadians define national identity? POLS 205
- Growing diversity in Canada could ask: “with so many countries, what Canadian
- September 11 could have an impact on attitudes, as well as the Québec referendum in
Relevance of political cul