William Brooks: Canada Day 2022: Restoring the Bonds of Nationhood

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In the twelvemonth 1967, Canada celebrated its 100th birthday. At the time, small dampened the tone of citizens who turned retired to commemorate a period of Confederation.

Native-born Canadians took pridefulness successful remembering their country’s past and traditions. New Canadians openly acknowledged the merits of the antiauthoritarian federation they had chosen to join.

More recently, among our best-schooled intelligentsia, expressing feelings of nationalist pridefulness has go overmuch little fashionable. There is scant  tolerance for those who look backmost favourably connected epic tales of explorers, pioneers, sailors, soldiers, settlers, priests, farmers, workers, entrepreneurs, and governmental leaders who contributed to the founding of the Dominion of Canada connected July 1, 1867.

Canada Day fireworks nary longer radiance airy connected nationalist affections. They stroke them up! The nation’s past has been “deconstructed” and judged by much “progressive” minds to beryllium tragically flawed and systemically racist. We are said to person an “exploitative assemblage history” unworthy of preservation.

Anti-Nationalism and the Left

Following the autumn of the Iron Curtain successful the precocious 20th century, “global integration” became an progressively fashionable nonsubjective among planetary “policy experts.” Neo-Marxist Western intellectuals equated nationalism with fascism. Davos nabobs projected a superior morality guided by a “Great Reset” of the satellite order.

The near contended that planetary problems similar clime change, inequity, migration, racism, and poorness called for “borderless” solutions. As a result, a “one-world government” paradigm came to inhabit the centre of world thought. Universities successful North America and Europe routinely advertise for positions successful “global governance,” a word that fewer would person recognized adjacent a decennary ago.

By and large, Canadian elites became predisposed to renounce the thought of nationhood. In 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau articulated this erstwhile helium told the New York Times Magazine that Canada could beryllium “the archetypal post-national state.” “There is nary halfway identity, nary mainstream successful Canada,” said our premier minister.

Charles Foran, a salient subordinate of Canada’s Laurentian literate elite, agreed entirely. Writing successful The Guardian helium said: “First and foremost, post-nationalism is simply a framework to recognize our ongoing experimentation successful filling a immense yet unified geographic abstraction with the diverseness of the world.”

Citizen Movements successful the North Atlantic Triangle

More recently, Canada’s long-standing partners successful the North Atlantic Triangle person begun to defy the ascendency of anti-nationalist globalism.

Common men and women successful the UK and America person rediscovered the accepted tone of nationhood. Britain’s ballot to permission the European Union and the emergence of the “MAGA” question successful the USA heralded a instrumentality to a much patriotic signifier successful the past of our founding peoples.

Early successful the cold, pandemic-afflicted wintertime of 2022, a nationalist tone besides emerged successful Canada. Truckers from crossed the state launched a bid of protests against draconian vaccine mandates and restrictions that were putting thousands of them retired of work. Somehow, this “Freedom Convoy” produced nationalist emotions that Canadians had been suppressing for decades.

Hundreds of vehicles formed convoys, rolled though the provinces, and converged for a rally successful Ottawa connected Jan. 29. The convoys were joined by legions of citizens who disregarded the ideologically prescribed “diversity” imperatives that person been pushing Canadians apart.

The truckers and their supporters were mostly working- and middle-class Canadians. They raised the flag, sang “O Canada,” and gave citizens a renewed consciousness of solidarity.

More imaginative governmental leaders mightiness person spoken with the truckers and seized the accidental to bring the federation together. Instead, the Ottawa protesters were vilified by the authorities media, harassed by Ottawa police, and yet crushed by a para-military-style “emergency measures” operation.

The Virtue of Nationalism

From Brexit and MAGA to the Canadian Freedom Convoy, caller events are forcing a important statement betwixt proponents of planetary governance and supporters of independency and self-determination.

In his 2018 publication “The Virtue of Nationalism,” Israeli student Yoram Hazony contends that a satellite of sovereign nations is the champion enactment for those who attraction astir idiosyncratic and corporate freedom.

Hazony points retired that lone decades ago, nationalism was routinely associated with broad-mindedness and generosity of spirit. Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points on with Roosevelt and Churchill’s Atlantic Charter were seen arsenic beacons of anticipation for mankind. “And this” helium wrote, “precisely due to the fact that they were considered expressions of nationalism, promising nationalist independency and self-determination to enslaved peoples astir the world.”

Canadian nationalism erstwhile flourished nether leaders similar Sir John A. MacDonald and Sir Wilfred Laurier. In different lands, nationalist leaders similar Mahatma Ghandi won wide acclaim for steering their radical toward sovereignty and freedom.

It is done these nationalist traditions, Hazony argues, that we tin bounds some interior tribal conflicts and overseas imperial dominance. Free nations let quality differences and innovation to thrive.

Make a Commitment to National Renewal

Our obsessive absorption connected “diversity” implicit “unity” has produced tragic levels of resentment, distrust, division, and anxiety. Post-nationalists, who enactment the imaginativeness of “diverse” tribal territories overseen by the genius of Beijing’s communist subject empire, are destroying assurance successful Canadian nationhood.

Last year, woke outrage implicit Canada’s “colonial history” and the imaginable determination of unidentified quality remains successful graveyards of erstwhile indigenous residential schools inspired a “Cancel Canada Day” campaign. Statues were toppled and Canadian flags flew astatine fractional mast for months.

Canadians request to statesman restoring communal nationalist bonds from the bottommost up. Love of state is not immoderate bizarre governmental pathology that grips radical to nary bully end. Nationalists judge that the satellite is governed champion erstwhile escaped and autarkic countries are permitted to cultivate their ain traditions and prosecute their ain interests without interference from hostile ideological empires.

From a feline who was astir to observe Canada’s 100th day successful 1967, present are 10 imaginable commitments Canadians mightiness see connected July 1, 2022. Epoch Times readers volition surely beryllium capable to travel up with immoderate of their own:

  1. Learn much astir Canada’s history, particularly from books and authors that predate the extremist 1960s. My precocious schoolhouse substance was “Building the Canadian Nation” by George W Brown. Conrad Black’s much caller “Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present” is outstanding.
  2. Find retired what your children oregon grandchildren are being taught astir Canada successful school, and if you don’t similar it, bash thing astir it.
  3. Connect with radical that authorities journalists archer you to dislike. You ne'er cognize what you mightiness learn.
  4. Be resolute successful sticking by your family, your friends, and your country.
  5. Work hard and beryllium cautious with your money. You could acceptable an illustration for our government.
  6. Support a governmental enactment that supports the Canadian people.
  7. If you can’t find the occupation you privation immediately, instrumentality enactment we’ve been told Canadians won’t do. It could pb to thing better.
  8. Don’t judge everything you perceive from authorities experts oregon the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  9. Don’t unrecorded your beingness successful fearfulness of the adjacent pandemic. Get connected with it.
  10. Take a infinitesimal to commune for and honour the intrepid men and women of the 2022 Freedom Convoy.

This year, Canadian truckers reminded america each that the powerfulness of the radical is often much awesome than the radical successful power.

Happy Canada Day!

Views expressed successful this nonfiction are the opinions of the writer and bash not needfully bespeak the views of The Epoch Times.

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William Brooks is simply a Canadian writer who contributes to The Epoch Times from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He serves connected the Editorial Advisory Board of “The Civil Conversation” for Canada’s Civitas Society.