The Social and Economic Setting

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The Social and Economic Setting
THREE FAULT LINES: Ch. 1, pp. 26: 3 axes around which Canadian politics has revolved.
(1) Cleavage between English/French speaking communities
- Dates back to 1759, defeat of French forces in Quebec.
- Issues of different language groups, religion, cultural recognition.
- Small English speaking minority, dominant political economic group: English,
small subjugated French, English became majority
- Discourse from subjugation to sovereignty
(2) Canada’s colonial relationship (French, Britain, AMERICAN relations)
- American Revolution: Canadians were part of the Loyalists
- 19th century concern: that U.S. would annex Canada
- 20th century concern (Since WWII) : defending/protecting Canadian culture +
American domination of Canadian economy !many corporations are protected
from FOREIGN ownership
(3) Regionalism (relatively modern)
Canada doesn’t have much history, but it has an excess of geographyMackenzie
- Product of vastness/diversity of Canada.
- Provincial governments have reinforced regionalism/political agendas:
manufacturing POPULATION + INDUSTRY (Central Canada in
Ontario/Quebec), resource hinterlands (Western Canada)
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26: 3 axes around which canadian politics has revolved. (1) cleavage between english/french speaking communities. Dates back to 1759, defeat of french forces in quebec. Issues of different language groups, religion, cultural recognition. Small english speaking minority, dominant political economic group: english, small subjugated french, english became majority. Discourse from subjugation to sovereignty (2) canada"s colonial relationship (french, britain, american relations) American revolution: canadians were part of the loyalists. 19th century concern: that u. s. would annex canada. 20th century concern (since wwii) : defending/protecting canadian culture + American domination of canadian economy many corporations are protected from foreign ownership (3) regionalism (relatively modern) Canada doesn"t have much history, but it has an excess of geography mackenzie. Provincial governments have reinforced regionalism/political agendas: manufacturing population + industry (central canada in. Public opinion, election results, party policies, mediate, interest groups. Budgets, troop deployments, throne speech, appointments, crf and human rights codes. Social and economic setting: values: material well-being.

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