Citizenship, National Identity, and the Search for Stability in Canada
When Canada was created it debated if it was best to seek political solidarity by creating a single political identity or was it wiser to build a citizenship that made space for all communities. This article argues there was no attempt to unite Canadians around a single national loyalty but only to join an array of diverse communities whose members might adopt a shared citizenship. Since 1867, Canada has adopted different approaches to creating citizenship to maintain political solidarity. Diversity has been an integral part of that narrative.
Keywords: Canada; diversity; citizenship; nation-building; George-Étienne Cartier; Justin Trudeau
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