August 11, 2016

What is Canadian identity? “Multiculturalism and maple syrup” isn't good enough

Lauren SouthernArchive

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.

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commented 2016-08-20 12:39:05 -0400
Lauren, It is exactly as you have articulated however you are missing one crucial point; it is all by deliberate design. The plan is to make every country a “post nation country” with no meaningful borders. It is the NWO Globalist’s plan for us all.
They are using the immigration of Islam as a weapon against us. ISIS as a weapon against us. Multiculturalism , political correctness and tolerance as a weapon against us.
Until we all recognize who the enemy really is, who the head of the snake is they will continue unabated to their end game;
Abject slavery of all MANkind.
commented 2016-08-15 15:57:08 -0400
Liz, I see your point. We are TOLD who our national icons are, without being able to choose them ourselves. So us and others are saddles with Margaret Atwood, who IMHO is not that great a writer. I frankly like Gordon Dickson, but he is never the first on the lips of our culture police. Canada has great artists – actors, writers, tv writers – but we are sold on just a few who IMHO are highly over rated.
commented 2016-08-13 21:23:03 -0400
So, Ron C., if you don’t agree with the Rebel Commander. Why do you spend so much of your time
here ? And if you think Trudeau was such a world statesman, perhaps you need to reread my first commentary. As far as statesmen go, Mickey Mouse did more for society than Nazi Helmet Head PET.
Harper was a man, unlike Justin “Pointed Elbows” Trudeau, that assaults women. Remember what Harper said to Putin, It was something like, “Yeah I guess I’ll shake your hand, but get out of the Ukraine”. The shiny pony can’t even stand up against that fat jerk mayor of Montreal, much less Putin. And the word “Statesman” is a description of some politico that really contributed nothing, but they want to be complimentary, because they don’t want to speak ill of the dead. Just wait for awhile Ron and see the mess Trudie is going to create, you should already be convinced with just what he has damaged so far. How bad would you criticize Harper if he were riding around wearing a Nazi War Helmet, or Pirouetting behind the Queen and all the other atrocious behavioral displays ? Oh Yeah, I guess you can excuse PET because he didn’t know what he was doing, he was probably so high. And that’s how he governed the country, with his lips around a bong. I guess you like Trudie spending us into bankruptcy, why don’t you send him a cheque to help out with his outrageous booze bill. You guys are all the same, you like to criticize but have no facts to support your argument. The Trudeau Clan aren’t a patch on the character of Harper, he’s never embarrassed Canada, he’s a solid family man, cares about our country and in fact, in my time has been the best PM I have ever seen. No one can say the same about PET or his son, The Selfie King, that pot smoking, boozer.
commented 2016-08-13 13:37:28 -0400
I have lived in Canada all my life, and never lived anywhere that maple trees grow wild. And yet Eastern supremacists insist that it’s the emblem of our nation. Does that mean that the west and north don’t belong in Canada? ;-)

Canada was a tolerant mono-culture. Those who came before PET came to become part of the vibrant, growing, strong, free culture that defined Canada. This was back before cultures needed to be supported and defined by governments. There have always been differences between the speech patterns, beliefs, and origins of Canadians but they used to be dealt with by tolerance. Not by governmental edict and deciding which cultures (and portions of cultures) needed to be elevated. One thing that Canadians have in common is that we don’t like to be dictated to by people of unproven talent, so our overseers are doing a good job of promoting injustice by cramming what was formerly unacceptable down our throats.
commented 2016-08-13 10:50:15 -0400
What our Canadian identity is not is David fruit fly Suzuki, Naomi Kline, Kathleen Wynne, Justin Trudeau and his puppet master Gerald Butts to name a few. People like these are trying to stifle everything good about our past and our future. The foreign influence Justin is allowing and welcoming in, is pitting our Aboriginals against their own prosperity. CBC is no longer a symbol of Canadian traditions and culture. We are being watered down and told everything we have always loved about our heritage is bad. Be patriotic, fly a flag, hold onto your traditions. Our identity is at stake.
commented 2016-08-12 22:55:29 -0400
RON: “Trudeau was a world statesman.”

You mean little Pierre…the brilliant guy who married Shaggy Maggie?
commented 2016-08-12 18:06:03 -0400
Multicultural – a word that means death to any country
commented 2016-08-12 16:50:10 -0400
That was excellent Lauren. You have restored the faith of an old coot like myself, in the Youth of Canada. I love the interviews with the young people whelped out by a progressive education system and, especially , that elderly,vacuous, blonde that still thinks she is young . Your essay really should be required reading in schools -— Thanks.
commented 2016-08-12 14:37:26 -0400
Bill good points as usual. The child like dependency that people like Ron C. has on progressive governments is sad. These people have no idea the potential of a resource rich country like ours has. Our so called polite/dumb down public has been conned and duped by the Canadian elite and politicians for years and years. Bilderberg members such as PET was, has infested this country with kleptocrats and blatantly sold off our resources to outside interests and Canada is left with the crumbs. This is what I see as the modern Canadian identity, nothing more than slaves , and guys like Ron C. , which by the way has no idea what patriotism is, unless it is the Olympic gold medal hockey game. Politicians in this country have sold us out on our natural resources, our sovereignty, our dignity, and our so called culture ( what ever the hell that is).
commented 2016-08-12 13:02:16 -0400
Ron Christensen commented – “Trudeau was a world statesman”

PET was a sheltered trust fund champagne communist and Anglophobe who used the anti-west rhetoric of soviet Russia and Cuba to undermine Anglo institutions and remake Canada as a centralized sovietized state from a commonwealth confederation. His policies were radical divisive and social cohesion in this nation is still divided because of his agendas. He also alienated most of our allies and trade partners

If you believe that Trudeau’s Anglophobic autocratic federaltism is what this nation’s character or culture is, either you are an glue-sniffing indoctrinated zombie or you have no roots in the country or ancestral frame of reference to tell you otherwise.

The Canadian nation is greater than the pathetic string of kleptocrats and autocrats we have been burdened with – it’s about a people and their history who have been forged by the climate and geography of this land into a cohesive monoculture of enduring positivism in spite of the gross obstacle , we prosper, we build and we endure as one of the most reasonable and undogmatic peoples on earth – despite PET’s best efforts to divide us with political, ethical and regional wedges.

Canadian patriotism is about loving your country’s traditions and founding cultures without any patriotic or political jingoism.
commented 2016-08-12 12:36:29 -0400
Couple of points Ron C. Multiculturalism existed in Canada long before your hero PET. Take a moment to study the history of Canada. Rather than parroting inane comments regarding multiculturalism over and over please take a moment to explain to those that may be less intellectually endowed than yourself, what exactly multiculturalism is and second part of the question how does it benefit Canada today? I keep hearing how good it is for us but have a real problem determining how we have benefited as a society. Your hero PET v2.0 ( the lite version) keeps saying we are strong with our diversity, again take a moment out of your busy schedule to explain to the rest of us how we are strong.
commented 2016-08-12 10:03:59 -0400
Superb article, Ms Southern. I live in Britain, and your observations apply equally as well over here: British national identity, and thus our social cohesion, has been undermined by decades of leftist ideology.

I have a theory as to why our two countries are afflicted by this same problem: as soon as the Communists took control of Moscow in 1917, they started to pump out propaganda that the Anglosphere – built as it was upon the Bolshevists’ principal bete noires of capitalism and christianity – was responsible for all the ills in the world. This warped view of reality seeped into schools and universities via Marxist lecturers, which in turn led to generations of kids being conditioned to hate their countries and believe that the British Empire was uniquely evil (ignoring the fact that the Empire brought English Common Law, infrastructure, medicine, trade, technology and education to every corner of the globe, and single-handedly (and at immense cost) smashed the international slave trade).

Is it too late to correct this? Or are our societies so diseased by Marxism that we are no longer capable of asserting our collective identities and rejecting ideologies which are utterly incompatible with our ruling principles (i.e., freedom under Common Law)? I think that the Brexit vote has given us a glimmer of hope that Anglosphere might still have some fight in it. And I think this glimmer will get a lot brighter if Trump is elected in November. The answer would then would be to establish an Anglosphere trade bloc (essentially, the Commonwealth + USA), which would set the English-speaking peoples on a new and altogether brighter path, free of religious and Marxist tyranny.
commented 2016-08-12 08:45:24 -0400
Rod has some great points as well.
commented 2016-08-12 08:42:21 -0400
Stephen E. and Anonymous nailed it, I think. Loyalist ancestors (no matter the background) hacked their lives out of the woods and built lives for themselves largely with no assistance except from fellow newcomers. A rather inconvenient moral truth for anti-Canadian types … which is why lefties go such great lengths to erase/disprove history.

I’m enjoying the posts on this thread! Thanks!
commented 2016-08-12 08:35:21 -0400
Great stuff as always from Lauren Southern. But the mention of “Vimy Ridge” made me shudder. Identifying with the British Empire has led to regular slaughters of Canadian men. Vimy Ridge was one. Right now is the centenary of the Somme. The congenital retards who ran the Empire started an offensive in which 10% of the population of Newfoundland died in one day. And then there was the disastrous Dieppe raid of 1942, in which again, Canadians were used as experimental subjects.

Canada would have been much better off seceding. I’m not Canadian, by the way.

It’s worthwhile noting that white people suffered in the Empire as well as the vast masses of poor non-whites in India, Africa etc.. Class is important. But I don’t think that’s what Lauren is saying here.
commented 2016-08-12 07:45:57 -0400

Trudeau was a world statesman—that is something the backward Harper was NOT. The embarrassment is the legacy (if you can call it that)—the legacy of ignorance of the Harper dark years. I’m hapy we’ve almost erased everything Harper did—well not all, but we’re close. Dizzy Levant peddles GARBAGE
commented 2016-08-12 05:02:39 -0400
Anonymous great list, sadly the last one is true for too many, they need the CBC to tell them what their culture is, since they are incapable of thinking for themselves on such issues.
commented 2016-08-12 04:36:59 -0400
Excellent article.

Canada is the Loyalists, Wolfe, Charlottetown, the Peace Tower, Billy Bishop, freedom, leaving differences behind and helping one another, charity, standing up for what is right, not hesitating and joining two World Wars before our timid neighbours to the south, strength, the North, democracy, the East and West coasts, the wonder of the Rockies, fields of wheat, ranching and farming, mining, industry, oil, hydro, doing right, stability, MacDonald, down to earth country people, no nonsense people, ultra friendly PEI, La La Land Vancouver and area, Toronto believing itself to be the centre of the country and the universe, Highway of Heros, Parliament Hill, The Battle of Singapore, The Rock (NFLD), Joey Smallwood, Valour Road, terminal of the Underground Railway, Halifax, technology, McGill, Trans Canada Highway, CNR/CPR, invention, education, 24 Sussex, Yonge Street, The Georgia Straight (1960s-1970s), Expo 67, Olympic summer and winter games, Rush, Nanaimo & its bar, loyalty, Saguenay River, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, comedians and Canadian comedy,heroism, Capt. Kirk & Mr. Scott (Star Trek), Nathan Phillips Square, Oh Canada, creation of Superman,friendliness, invention of basketball, the CFL, Signal Hill, and so on.
commented 2016-08-12 02:28:05 -0400
Ron C. if you don’t like us morons. Why do you bother stopping by and taking the time to comment as well ? Oh, I know you’re a premium member and you were here catching the full length shows, otherwise you wouldn’t know what was really going on in the world. So you like PET, he was nothing but an irresponsible, elitist, arrogant clown, and man whore, who loved riding his motorbike about town while wearing his Nazi War Helmet at a time our troops were being killed by men wearing those very same helmets. He embarrassed Canada to the world. He fancied himself a ballet dancer, and pirouetted behind the Queen on an official state visit and also repeated his performance outside Number 10 Downing St. the home of the British Prime Minister. Even PET said sometime before he died, “that he may of been wrong about multiculturalism”. As we now know, he was dead wrong, he was wrong about a lot of things, but that didn’t stop him from making those bad, lasting decisions. And of course Trudie, who is even more arrogant than daddy, will make even bigger blunders. With just the financial burden he will amass for us, our grand children’s children will still be paying the bills long after this feckless fart has departed this world, but the smell will linger. And after Trudie has finished being progressive you will be living in an oppressed state. Do you like what Europe has become ? Get ready, because thanks to Mr. Inclusive it’s all coming to your neighborhood soon. Do you have children ? They will love being beaten on, and having their freedoms removed, and the girls will thoroughly enjoy the rape games. Yes, you love Trudie, I wonder how long that love affair will last, and as you part ways there will be the haunting sound of Sofie in the distance, singing a gentle ballad, something to do about smiling.
commented 2016-08-12 02:25:05 -0400
Canadian culture is:
- making excuses for criminals;
- hanging our heads in shame because of the residential schools;
- lying to ourselves on how we are the best country in the world;
- still pretending we have the best hockey players in the world;
- being politically correct; and
- forking over tax dollars to the CRTC and CBC because we think we need the Canadian media to give us culture.
commented 2016-08-12 01:33:15 -0400
Whether you were born here or not and whether or not you are accepted, depends on what weird characteristics you are talking about Jay. If they are of the Sharia kind probably not.
commented 2016-08-12 01:12:06 -0400
Ron C you are a hate filled bigot, as are the liberals. And legal oral sex with an animal is not progress. Though i imagine you are happy with that for some reason.
commented 2016-08-12 01:00:46 -0400
Interesting reflections on what it means to be Canadian. My parents were born here, but their parents were not.

If I were not born here would I be accepted? Maybe I would be attacked for my weird characteristics.

I suspect I would be welcomed, as so many are welcomed today.
commented 2016-08-12 00:34:50 -0400
“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." There’s your Canadian culture. Not a melting pot, but a framework that most anyone can build on, if you so desire. It’s now become a huge mothers’-skirts, for people to hide under. Just show up, and we’ll shelter you, because it’s 2016 and the beneficial Liberal party is in control, as it should be, forever and ever, amen. The LPC has taken control of our national identity, and we have no-one to thank for that atrocity than ourselves. …sorry if I’m more negative than usual, I found myself agreeing with Jay Kelly and things just haven’t been the same since!
commented 2016-08-12 00:12:49 -0400
Until the onslaught of Islamic migrants from conflict areas around the world , I was relatively happy with multi-culturalism. People came here to be Canadian first because of our freedom, safety and acceptance of other cultures who chose to become a part of our fabric. People who came, kept the best of their homeland traditions but adopted ours as their own. They were respectful of their host country and eventually made it their own. Not by changing it, but by becoming a part of it. It is now spinning out of control. We are losing our identity and better scramble to reconnect with it soon. We have to remember and honour the values that Canada was built on or we will be absorbed.

You said this so well Lauren.
" 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?"
You’ve given us a lot to think about.
commented 2016-08-11 23:32:01 -0400
Lauren Southern has posted an excellent essay about what a Canadian truly is. Some on here have even proposed that this essay be taught in schools.

Not everyone will agree with her statements, but that, too, is what makes Canada great.
commented 2016-08-11 22:56:01 -0400
I love people and I love multi-culturalism and I thank Pierre Elliot Trudeau for it. I love everything about Canada that you morons ( Levant et al) hate about Canada. Long live progressiveness-not conservative hatred and nonsense based on bigotry and ignorance. Long live Justin Trudeau and a progressive politic. (what a cheap website—one cannot edit)
commented 2016-08-11 22:54:46 -0400
I love people and I love multi-culturalism and I thank Pierre Elliot Trudeau for it. I love everything about Canada that you morons ( Levant et al) hate about Canada. Long live progressiveness-not conservative hatred and nonsense bsed on bigotry and ignorance. Long live Justin Trudeau and a progresive politic.
commented 2016-08-11 22:34:38 -0400
LAUREN , like you said , " a shell of a nation, an artificial country " a vacouse selfie nation, easy to take over
commented 2016-08-11 22:02:29 -0400
Canada was a country that stood alone on world issues.Went to war to protect freedom and freedom of speech.Respected around the world for our bravery in the face of overwhelming evil.Yet friendly giving people.Hockey nuts coast to coast.
A lot of the people that were questioned are to young to know.
Mary I agree with you.