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CHARBONNEAU – The definition of nation needs updating

George-Étienne Cartier.

I DIDN’T much thought about whether Canada was a nation or not until I read Andrew Coyne’s article in Canada’s History magazine (June/July 2017). He argues that we are not.

The fathers of confederation believed they were creating a nation. George-Étienne Cartier, a key player in bringing Quebec into confederation, referred to Canada as “political nationality. . . with which neither the national origin nor the religion of any individual would interfere . . . In our federation we should have Catholic and Protestant, English, French, Irish and Scotch and each by his efforts and his success would increase the prosperity and glory of the Confederacy.”

That goal of a bilingual nation began to unravel early.

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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1 Comment on CHARBONNEAU – The definition of nation needs updating

  1. E M Helen McLean // July 6, 2017 at 11:26 AM // Reply

    Carter may have indeed used the word “Scotch” but as any true Scot would point out that is for liquor and the nationality is referred to as “Scots”!

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