Is Canada a nation, simply a country, or a “post national” state?
Justin Trudeau claims that Canada is now the world’s first postnational state and has no singular identity nor a mainstream. He claims that the country still has a true “Canadian Identity” and that it is a place where we have “respect for minorities”. However, we are slowly losing the idea of nationalism due to rising immigration trends and therefore, we cannot deem Canada as a nation with a plethora of multiculturalism. I strongly believe that Canada is indeed a post-national state with the number of differences in values, beliefs, religions, history, and ancestry that is now present. Nonetheless, I also strongly believe that this is a problem for Canada’s future. The loss of Canada’s true identity is depleting and has been since Trudeau’s election in 2015. According to The Guardian article, The Canada Experiment, Canada took in 300,000 immigrants in 2016 alone, including 48,000 refuges. In a recent study, Toronto is now the most “diverse city on the planet” says The Guardian, with half of its residents being born outside of the country. Vancouver and other western cities are not far behind with the extreme burst of immigrants since the election. It is morally correct to aid those in need and I always want to help deserving minorities, but Canada has focused so much on other countries such as Syria and Iraq, that we have lost insight on our true Canadians. Douglas Todd in the dangers of a ‘postnational’ Canada quotes, “many average Canadians who are desperate to make a home and livelihood in Metro Vancouver, can’t come close to affording to live here.” This has started to become a reality in today’s society with the upcoming immigration laws. Most immigrants don’t have to pay any taxes making it easier to buy a house and start a life. Even so, housing prices are rising so fast that Canadians who have to pay so many taxes are struggling to live in their country. Canadians who have ancestors dating back to the 1700s when we first landed huge ships in the east. With this information, it shows how Trudeau is correct in the idea of Canada being postnational as it improves the lives of immigrants from “dysfunctional regions torn by corruption and cynicism,” but it also shows how being a postnational country is a detriment to everyone else living here. Geoffrey Taunton-Collins explains that “Healthy nationalism requires loyalty between citizens and leaders” and as of today’s society, we have lost sight and betrayed our true north, strong, and free loyalty to the Canadians who created the building blocks of what we call Canada today.