Canada’s Negative Identity

The foundation of Lower and Upper Canada, from 1791 onward, was based on an affirmation; namely that their respective traditions were something worth protecting, thus limiting personal freedom in the name of collective good was justified. This is hardly a revelation.

What is interesting — and troubling — is the way in which a positive identity characterized by the importance placed on institutions in preserving a central ethno-cultural tradition as opposed to the American principles of unrestrained individualism has eroded, leaving only that vestigial opposition: