Wither the Canadian Model? Evaluating the New Canadian Nationalism (2006–2015)

  • Patti Tamara Lenard
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Abstract

Historically, the story that has been told about Canada is this: Canadian nationalism is thin. It has been celebrated as a possible example of “rooted cosmopolitanism”, that is, a nationalism that is able to marry a commitment to the universal ideals that characterise cosmopolitanism with a rootedness that captures the particularly Canadian way of instantiating these ideals. However, during its nine years of rule (2006–2015), the Conservative government engaged in an attempt to significantly reshape the content of Canadian national identity. This chapter assesses the strategies adopted by the Conservative government to thicken the content of Canadian nationalism, by focusing on traditional dimensions of nationalist pride, thereby encouraging Canadians to abandon a relatively thin identity in favour of adopting a relatively thicker “ethnic-communitarian” outlook.

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  • Patti Tamara Lenard
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Public and International AffairsUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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