DOL: POSTNATIONALISM

 

A nation is a populace that cultivates a set of values and beliefs that represents the entirety of the people. To say Canada has that core identity is difficult when considering that democracy is based on multiple parties and conflicting opinions. It isn’t wrong to say, “there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,” but for Canada to be “the first postnational state” isn’t right either (Trudeau, 2015). Canada being classified as a postnational state makes sense with our vast variety of cultural groups, but countries like U.S.A, Australia, and U.K are also made up of many diverse groups and should be called postnational states by the same standard. Although ‘‘There are shared values — openness, respect, compassion,” in Canada, other countries also have their own set of shared values (Trudeau, 2017). These shared values do not change the fact that there is still diversity and differing opinions ingrained into the people of the nation. The biggest example of a distinct nation within Canada is the “French-speaking province of Quebec” which has tried to show its independence from Canada before (Foran, 2017). However, many countries around the world face a problem like this, albeit not as powerful of a movement in most cases. In the United States, many indigenous peoples are fighting for their rights and representing their own nation like the situation in Canada. The United States may not be as postnationalist as Canada, but it still has the qualities of postnationalism and should be considered postnational as well. Canada is like a giant family and “Not everyone is happy being in the family. Some think being a family member is important and others do not. But we are shaped by our families, and we shape ourselves within and sometimes against our families,” which is a concern from the idea of postnationalism blurring the lines between the Canadian culture and the incoming people, but this is a problem for all the countries in the world which is why I believe that the term postnational state should be applied to every country (McDonald, 2017). Canada is a postnational state, but so is almost every country in the world. We cannot escape differing opinions and values but rather we should accept them and work to find the most humanitarian resolution to all issues.

 

 

Bibliography:

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

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

 

 

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