As you know well by the proliferation of Canada 150 sentiments, posts and quips on the internet, this July 1st is a special Canada Day. 150 years ago, Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were consolidated as provinces under the Dominion of Canada. The Canadian Encyclopedia calls it “the first step” that would eventually fulfill the vision of a unified country “from sea to sea”.
Part of the reason the British colonies decided to unite was fear of US expansion. At the time, there were whispers that the US would attempt to take Rupert’s Land, (what is now Western Canada). Thankfully, there is no longer any threat of US expansionism… at least geographically. But it is and has always been a concern culturally. The US is such a monumental political and cultural force that at times it looms over Canadian culture and almost threatens to swallow it.
As a result, I find that Canadians often assert their identity in opposition to American. For example, ‘we are more multicultural than the US’, ‘we are more socialist than the US’, ‘we have more untouched land than the US’ etc. This is kind of a shame, no? I think Canada is great in its own right, and doesn’t need to be defined in relation to the US.
For this upcoming Canada Day, we at Floorscapes got thinking about some aspects of our country that are distinctly Canadian, and that ought to be celebrated for their own sake.
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