Symbolism and Militarism of Canada's North

Mark Williams, Danita Catherine Burke

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Canada is often characterised as a mosaic for world cultures while contending with the difficulty of defining its national identity. Canada’s confederation in 1867 was influenced by the fear that then-British North America was at risk from the United States’ internal conflicting forces. This sense of vulnerability bred the desire to strengthen the position of the British North American colonies while avoiding the violent internal conflicts which plagued its southern neighbour. In the decades since its formation, Canadian political parties have learnt that national campaigns, not regional or local ones, tend to have the greatest impact upon voters’ intentions in Canadian federal elections. As the North has come to provide Canadians with a subject of national significance and resonance, the North has come to be increasingly seen as an important symbol of the country and an important component of Canada’s domestic politics. Understanding the relationship dynamics of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Government of Canada and the idea of the North in Canada has broader implications for states wishing to cooperate or negotiate with Canada on matters pertaining to Canada’s Northern region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFacing Our Darkness : Manifestations of Fear, Horror and Terror
EditorsLaura Colmenero-Chilberg , Ferenc Mújdricza
PublisherInter-Disciplinary Press
Publication date2015
ISBN (Electronic)9781848884298
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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