As anyone who reads this blog knows, I really dislike pierre elliot trudeau. He did much to destroy Canada's culture and institutions and remake them into a ghettoized multicultural mess. Well it was pearson before him started off this politically correct madness. The reason? National unity. The utter failure of trudeau and pearson and pseudochretien on the national unity cannot be denied. The separatists blossomed under trudeau. Chretien almost lsot the country, but it was pearson that started it all off. The pandering of the liberal party is revolting. Let them merge with the dippers, let Canada have a chance to be rid of this cultural cancer.
God Bless the Dominion of Canada
The usual telling of the tale is that Pearson’s government pursued a new nationalism that sought to diminish the Britishness of Canadian symbols precisely to strengthen national unity. For example, Champion quotes Hugh MacLennan in 1965 about how the new flag would be the beginning of the end of the “two solitudes” that his novel made famous. He expected that the English and the French would “join hands to build a new kind of nationhood.” It was widely thought then that French-Canadians and “ethnic” Canadians could not reconcile themselves with the trappings of the British Crown — the Red Ensign most prominent among them — but that they would enthusiastically embrace new Canadian symbols.
Rarely has the conventional wisdom been so spectacularly wrong. The sponsorship scandal, one might recall, had its origins in promoting Canadian symbols in Quebec, where they remain conspicuously absent. The current Governor-General, taking office 40 years after MacLennan’s comment, adopted as her motto, Briser les solitudes — breaking down the solitudes. We are still at it. Her tenure also illustrated how enervated the old symbols have become, to the extent that she styled herself as head of state, as if the Crown had been abolished altogether. Almost 50 years on from the “other quiet revolution” — Pearson’s new Canadian nationalism — the Britishness had been well scrubbed away, but the benefit to national unity was not apparent.