Unlike the United States, Canada was founded on a pre-existing identity. America rejected the British Empire, branching off and creating a new nation under a new ideology. By contrast, Canada anchored onto its heritage, growing and shaping itself side by side the Commonwealth of countries that America threw away.
Our history is tied strongly with the alleged evil British Empire, the most powerful and expansive collection of nations the world has ever seen. Despite what leftists will tell you and whether you agree with it or not, the Empire did not crush the nations under its dominion. Instead, it provided the colonies with protection from potential invaders. It imported their goods back home to Britain, making them wealthy in the process.
The British Empire actually brought a lot of peace and unity via a common language, trained its colonies in building infrastructure, and introduced the Judeo-Christian values that were the foundations for freedom.
I am not ashamed at all of Canada's heritage. Canada was a monarchy, not a republic, built by the great British and French regime. Those are Canada's glorious roots. Yet Canada was never exclusive -- you needn’t be a Briton, a Frenchman or a Native to be Canadian. Anyone could adopt that identity, and become a Canadian under the Red Ensign.
Together with the Brits, Canadians fought the Boer War to the Korean War and everything in between. Canada has endless resources, nature and beauty from coast to coast and is brimming with more freedom and power than most nations on this earth.
And yet? We’ve come to this.
A country that seems to have taken a full turn into the identity crisis of a 16 year old child.
We are now a shell of a country, an artificial nation. Who knows what Canadian identity is anymore? We’re almost like Belgium.
On the West coast, the predominant languages aren’t going to be French or English for long, whilst Eastern Canada has so much immigration, that even if we spoke of assimilation, no one would know what identity people were supposed to assimilate into.
So what is Canadian identity today?
You can hardly blame anyone for their replies considering that I was taught the same thing in high school. Canada is multicultural, Canada is acceptance. Canada is Maple Syrup, Moose and Beavers.
But a combination of many different world cultures cannot be said to be a legitimate identity in itself. Basing the unity of a nation on being tolerant and accepting of others results in a situation where we are indistinguishable from any other Western liberal democracy.
“Acceptance and maple syrup” was not Canada’s identity prior to the change of our flag in the 1960s. It was Trudeau Senior who planted the idea in our collective consciousness that we as Canadians should be perpetually embarrassed of our history, which therefore justified the subsequent attempt by the elites to systematically erase it.
Our current Prime Minister has taken this nonsensical idea and raised it further into insanity, claiming that we now live in a "post-nation country." What does that even mean? If we aren’t a unique and different nation, why not become a part of Norway, Thailand or Egypt? If we have no history that defines us as the section of North America that stayed loyal to the crown, why don't we ask the next President to become the 51st state of the USA?
The simple fact is that we do have a unique history. It is one that, sadly, Canadians are ignorant of, not because they do not care about their heritage, but because our history and achievements have been deemed “politically incorrect," nearly erasing us as a people as a result.
Canadians today know more about the lore of Wolverine then they do about Wolfe taking Quebec. They don’t realize that we have something that binds us more than "acceptance" and "tolerance" - something that was hard fought for and that separates us from other nations. What nation stops telling legends of their past? What society confines its history to the garbage can and tries to create a brand new one out of the dust, void of all meaning?
It is madness, plain and simple.
This is the consequence of not teaching history that does not conform to your politically-correct narrative. It is also a result of people conflating culture with race. Race is a lousy shorthand for culture; an easy but frankly shitty way of identifying it. There are people from different ethnic backgrounds who integrate into Canadian society, thankful that they have found a haven of freedom and liberty.
My culture is better than most of the world's, not because I'm white, but because Canadian values are inherently superior.
When my grandfather came to Canada from Denmark, he learned English so he could communicate effectively with his new neighbours. He perfectly slotted into the fabric of his adopted nation, starting a business and contributing to society and the economy. Why did he do this? Because he had something to fit into and build upon, not the blank slate of "acceptance" that we have today.
It is simply idiotic to deny the history of the country you live in, defined by tumultuous events like Vimy Ridge and the Boer War, by successfully creating a nation on the toughest part of the continent to build and succeed on, and by making it prosper, despite all the odds.
Whether you like it or not, identity, history and culture are a reality that strongly affect politics. Those things will never be erased, only replaced or lied about.
As a small government advocate, I have preached individualism and the need to forge your own path in the world. However, only a fool would ignore the achievements of those before himself and the history of his nation, just as it would be foolish for him to take credit for those achievements personally.
As Juan Vázquez de Mella once said, "Who has ever seen 'the individual', if not defined by his family, his region, his profession, his language, his inheritance, his faith?
These are things that affect who you are, and the culture around you.
There’s a reason I live in a society like I do today, and it is not dumb luck. I want to preserve that identity in order to preserve the success and freedoms that were born from it. Our identity and the values and culture that it has brought about, has created a country where I am more free to live my life as I choose than almost anywhere else across the globe. I agree with the liberal sentiment that “we need more Canada” - I just fundamentally disagree on what Canada is.
It’s about time that our mainstream politicians and academics start taking our identity seriously and stop systematically destroying it, because I guarantee you that "Maple Syrup, Hockey and equality" is not an identity that can sustain itself for much longer.
And I’d hate to see what identity conquers our blank slate of a nation.