In a nasty world, Trudeau’s narrative wins

How are national myths created? The classic recipe is one part fact, one part spin, one part time (and the memory loss that usually accompanies it). In Canada, add one part opposition: in the last fifty years, our national myths have usually involved some contrast to our southern neighbour, the United States. They have served to define us in a sea of American economic and cultural influence, transform our inferiority complex into a superiority complex, and try to answer the eternal question: just what is it to be Canadian, eh?

To wit: Canada is a multicultural mosaic, while the US is a melting pot (actually, most immigrants routinely assimilated into the “dominant” English culture until the 1970s). Canada is a big-government country, while the US maintains a smaller ship of state (actually, the US government-to-GDP ratio was greater than ours until the late 1960’s). Canada is a peacekeeping nation, while the US is a warmonger (actually, Canada’s military practiced the art of war very effectively through two World Wars and the Korean conflict).

Read the full article on iPolitics here: In a nasty world, Trudeau’s narrative wins

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