Canadian Magazines 1) To what extent do you think the U.S.-Canadian magazine dispute was motivated by genuine desires to protect Canadian culture? In determining if the Canadian government was acting to genuinely to protect culture, it is important to be clear on what culture is. The dictionary definition of culture is the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time. (Merriam-Webster) The question must be, then, to what tangible merit does acting to preserve a culture give a government? As far as the interests of the Canadian government go, how does defending Canadian culture further its interests as compared to defending the economic impact of foreign influences?
A policy such as multiculturalism is one that can easily be blamed for issues such a segregated racial groups, however, if one looks at the broader scope that is multiculturalism, its intention is to recognize the commonality of us all without judgement and in celebration. The biggest issue that faces multiculturalism is that the policy outlines the way that Canadian’s view multiculturalism, but it does not take into account that Canada, like every other country, is static. It is always changing and adapting, even though the policy remains the same (Alghabra 2013). The biggest problem is that the policy has not adapted even though the country has. Former Liberal MP, Omar Alghabra, views multiculturalism as more than just a popular concept,
The Canada Act served to give Canada, and its populace, the greatest amount of independence and freedom that it has ever experienced, politically, culturally, and legally. First, the Canada Act made it so that any law enacted in the United Kingdom from there on out would not automatically be enacted in Canada. The specific quote from the
(Culture, n.d., p.17) Additionally, I believe Canadian companies would prefer to advertise in Canadian publications if they were fundamental to preservation of Canadian culture. To what extent do you think the government of Canada was pressured to seek to protect its market because of the financial interests of the Canadian magazine industry?
These five areas include any changes to the use of either of Canada’s two national languages, the organization of the Supreme Court, the Crown, the Provincial rights to member of parliament representation being equal to or more than the number of senators, and ironically, changes to the rules of amendment itself. Now the general amending formula works for all other kinds of changes, in which instance at least half of Canada’s population in two thirds of Canada’s provinces as well of the Federal government must all agree on the changes. These current formulas for constitutional amendment assure that no changes can be put into place without a massive range of support from across the
In many countries, conflict between different groups of people is inevitable. In Canada, the divide between English-speaking and French-speaking regions has been a prominent political and cultural topic since the birth of the nation. The most well known of these conflicts goes to Quebec. The province has sprouted several movements and parties supporting the autonomy and independence of Quebec. One of those parties is the Bloc Quebecois.
A further reason to embrace the perspective of the assigned source is that any peoples living in the same territory, speaking the same language, and sharing a common culture have the right to pursue self-determinism. The Quebec separatism is an example of peoples whose identity is based on a common history. Quebec has been colonized by France and since France has its own culture, their culture transcended into the colony in a slightly different form which has been preserved throughout the ages. Thus, Quebec is the manifestation of the culture of a particular group of people, which gives them the rights to pursue their own affairs. Self-determinism is not a right given by other individuals to a group of peoples.
The relationship between the United States and Canada is another great result of the interplay of democracy and political culture and one of the greatest results of the was the NAFTA. There have always been people who were not particularly happy with the relationship of Canada and U.S, especially those who felt like it was not benefitting Canada, and there also people who doubted that the free trade agreement would ever work. As Inwood states, “the great debate that raged in Canada around the 1988 election concerning free trade was deeply resonant of the political culture of the country and touches on all aspects of public administration” (p.47). The arguments against free trade stated that Canada would not be able to integrate well into the system and that there would be more to lose than gain, while continentalists felt that it was nothing more than an opportunity and economic arrangement (Inwood, p.47). Canada had to make sacrifices when it came down to decision-making and traditional trade remedies, “Moreover, in political culture terms, the free trade debate has become a flash point for those who argue for the supremacy of the free market versus those who argue for a positive, interventionist state-all of which has a direct impact on public administration” (Inwood, 47) The following (Figure 4) is a table of pros and cons that were brought up during the great debate in regards to how the free trade would affect the Canadian
This assumption, however, is based on a traditional and in many ways outdated view of how a country represents itself, and has an impact, in global politics today. Simply put, it is all too territorial. Why do individual Canadians need to be attached to a particular organization, based on Canadian soil, in order to serve Canadian objectives? (And why is it a problem if Canadian interests coincide with those of other actors?) We should not really care who gets credit for the good work, only that the good work gets done.
This makes them over focus very strongly on the integrity of their cultural sovereignty. The Bill 62 helps them achieve this, through imposing power onto other religious minorities just to cement their sovereignty in Quebec. Another recent example is the Catalan crisis in Spain during the past October. The Catalan government came up with the idea of secession from Spain and gaining independence for themselves. The Catalans have always been a distinct and proud region in Spain, with their deep cultural heritage and autonomy throughout history.