Dylan Poon

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Social Studies DOL #1: Is Canada a Post-National State?

Based on my previous opinions, as well as some additional research, I personally believe that Canada is becoming, but currently is not, post-national state. Firstly, it is currently not a post-national state as each culture within Canada has not thrown aside their own values or identities “in favor of an inclusive citizenship based on simple acknowledgment of shared humanity.” (McCullough 2017) This means that Canada does not currently meet the requirements to be a post-national state, but is on the way to becoming one. Since there has not been any enforced mainstream by the majority population, and immigrants are able to come to Canada without needing to worry about changing anything about themselves to be accepted, Canada could very well become a post-national state. This is evident when Trudeau said that “there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada.” This means that none of the majority populations have pushed their own identities as Canadians upon the minorities out of respect for their cultures, but at the same time still keep contact with their own. (Trudeau 2015) This leads me to believe that Canadian nationalism is not based on race, ethnicity or language, but is to hold on to our own individual nationalism, while sharing patriotism in the form of “a love of country and commitment to our heritage and shared values” instead of adopting a sense of nationalism. (Malcolm 2019) Without this patriotism, the diversity in our country would hold us from performing as a cohesive whole, and place us in Hobbes like state of nature, where there is no sense of respect for other cultures. With evidence that prevents Canada from being a post-national state, it is hard to prove, but as line between cultures blur and appreciate each other under the reason of enjoying living in Canada, our country may soon become a post-national state.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postnationalism

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/06/29/who-gets-to-decide-canadas-identity/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0be59d05de36

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/04/the-canada-experiment-is-this-the-worlds-first-postnational-country

http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas+todd+dangers+postnational+canada/11779069/story.html

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