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Pride & Prejudice: Canada's International Legacy

I can't believe it's July 1st again tomorrow! Here's to another year for our nation of Canada :) To be honest, now that our country has turned another year older, I feel it's best if we just reminisce for a while about what went down in our nation's history, right? Let us reminisce the moments that made us feel proud to be part of Canada, as well as what our country has done that is frowned upon.

The Best of Canadian Moments

Event 1: Vimy Ridge Battle (April 12, 1917)

Okay, so what about the infamous battle at Vimy Ridge? I mean, think about it: this historical battle is already so popular in our society that it's practically an icon and it should make us all proud to be part of the Canadian family. Why do you ask? Well, I'll tell you!

First off, this event took place while we were still only a small colony controlled by our mother Britain. They entrusted us, and our people's intellect and skills to help and support them during what's known as the First World War. That's a pretty big deal if you ask me. Plus, what makes this successful victory even more exciting and thrilling is that we, a nation who was still not one of the top developed countries in this world yet, were facing one of the 20th century's superpowers, aka Germany. They had access to a lot of resources and excessive troops that we didn't exactly have ourselves, but with the help of our famous Canadian General Arthur Currie, we were able to come out with a victory. In fact, the Battle of Vimy Ridge was the one battle where our four Canadian divisions were able to cooperate as a consistent collaboration. This was also where our troops managed to execute successfully the offensive of a creeping barrage, gaining the upper-hand of the battle already on the first day. Lastly, we should be proud of this war victory because of the truth that we, a supporter of the worldly superpowers at the time, managed to defeat the opposition while the almighty Britain and France's combined forces had a worse outcome than us. The battle even made a huge impact for our country that it was made into a memorial, in order to remember our nation's significance in the battle. I guess this is the point where you can say where even the little things can make a huge impact on our world.

Event 2: Officially Bilingual (September 9, 1969)

A second historical moment for our country should none other be than the day that our government was able to declare Canada as an official country that housed two official languages. We would be known as one of many homes for the French and English cultures, and soon many more.

Ever since the momentous September 9 of 1969 to the present day, our Canada was proudly granted the status of recognition as an official bilingual country, with English and French being those two very languages. Why French and English? Well, the obvious reason is, of course, that we were a British colony, whose language was English. We were also colonized by the nation of France, in which some of our colonies being declared as the "New France" here in North America. However, before the official granting of our country's bilingualism, the idea of Canada allowing the speaking of two languages in the first place can be found all the way back to 1867, where those very rights were found in the 133rd section of the British North America (BNA) Act, where it had granted the two languages used in entries, records, and debates at Parliament. But nonetheless, this rule had led to many protocols where bilingualism was becoming more and more of a realistic value until 1969 where it did come true. Even now, the languages of French and English are not the only spoken languages in Canada anymore, ever since our large country has welcomed people of all cultures to inhabit its rich lands and soon enough we, as a Canadian society, had become a proud diversity of many cultures, religions, beliefs and values.

Event 3: Welcoming Immigrants (1976)

We, who have made up the entire Canadian society would've probably already noticed that we are a society that's not just made up of one culture, but a society of multiple cultures. That's what gives us the pride to call ourselves a diversity, but exactly how did this start? Well, the main point in which the constructing of our diverse communities was even made possible was all due to one value: Immigration.

How immigration can be seen and taken to heart as one of Canada's many achievements is that during the Holocaust period and the time-span when Pearl Harbor had been attacked, Canada was still in the loose state of racism, especially towards the Canadians who were known to be also of Asian culture as well. We seized and sent these fellow Canadians to internment camps which, despite being less harsh than the Nazis' concentration camps, still bestowed hard struggles for the people. However, it came with the accomplishment that young Japanese Canadian men had been able to serve our country well in the Canadian Army as well as the later events in Canadian history where the Immigration Act of 1976 had been introduced and made legitimate. Plus, the allowance of newcomers to Canada had given both sides many benefits, such as the newcomers having new opportunities to explore and gain to live a better lifestyle, while the Canadian community are able to use their many talents and work ethics to bring even more service and support to the country, which all in all, is a positive result for everyone. Overall, immigration has broken down the boundaries and limitations of just having pure Canadians and their effort, but letting other people from around the world share their talents with our natives and country as well.

That's Weak, Canada.

Event 1: So it's Because We're Women, Isn't it? (1928)

Other than the positive aspects of being a Canadian and being in Canada, which is shown in the previous three events, there are also the negative aspects that are paired with them too.

One of these negative outlooks include the declaration in 1928 when Canadian women were seen as people who apparently couldn't handle the responsibilities that came to working in the public office. This issue was most likely to be related to section 24 of the BNA Act, stating that qualified persons were only allowed to be appointed to the Canadian Senate. Unfortunately, the "persons" excluded women and this belief had continued for a while, in which men were the picture of office workers while women were the stay-at-home stereotypes. But! This belief was soon to be changed when a group of empowering women from Alberta, supposedly known as the "Famous 5" as shown above, had signed a petition and by October 18, 1929, the Supreme Court of Canada and Britsh Privy Council were able to change just that. The shameful point about this, in my point of view, was the detail of the government directly insulting the women of Canada by saying we were not able to handle the public office. But looking back, we are able to show them just what we are able to do, from reaching a high position on the government, to participating in the Olympics. You Go Girls!

Event 2: FLQ Violence (1970)

While there had been many disagreements and protests, especially referring to the statement of politics, in our history, I see no other cause that looked as terrible as the "Front de Liberation du Quebec," or for short, FLQ outbreaks.

Having originated due to the Quiet Revolution's changes in both the Quebec society and national politics, it sparked a controversy in many Quebecois, who refused to sit and wait for the change of peace to be done for them. This led to the FLQ's creation and one of many problems that rose in what was known as the October Crisis. Now, what was so bad about this event? Well, instead of verbal protests on the political grounds as what some riots such as these had originally done in the past, the FLQ had taken it to the next level with violence. Even having the guts to hire international allies that specialized in militia, the FLQ saw no reason to back down from getting what they desired. Their cause was of something relevant to separatism as they had wanted to separate from the rest of Canada to create an independent Quebec and even build a communist-based French worker system. If that wasn't difficult enough to handle, the FLQ then decided to kidnap two of Canada's significant figures who go by the names James Cross and Pierre Laporte. The outcome of this occurrence was Laporte's murder due to the unsatisfied speed of meeting the term agreement quota and because of this, the War Measures Act had been invoked. This event was truly horrible enough for some Canadians to be shameful of some of the Quebecois just for this having happened, especially to the unnecessary sheer acts of violence placed in innocent communities and homes.

Event 3: NAFTA (1994)

The last event of negativity that has happened in our country is the outcomes of what NAFTA, a free trade agreement, had done to many workers across Canada, as well as its other members, the United States and Mexico.

NAFTA, or the North American Free Trade Agreement, was made into an agreement between Canada, US, and Mexico on New Year's Day in 1994. Now, Canada had already had their fair experience with the idea of free trade when they had first made the Autopact with the USA, but they believed they can help the increase in their economies' growth become larger and open up more opportunities for their citizens, which is how NAFTA came into existence. However, the details that had made NAFTA become one of Canada's humiliating events is that while along the way, NAFTA had done its job for them, it went downhill from there for many citizens, which was especially pointed out by economists. For instance, one of the results that affected Canada, despite having maintained a steady growth in their companies and economic development, at least more than 10 000 of their companies had later been taken over by foreigners as well as 98% of Canada's foreign investments. Another negative side effect due to NAFTA was that many of Mexico's farmers had to shut down their businesses because of the Americans' subsidized products that replaced their original farm products, as well as having put 682 900 workers out of employment due to the increased manufacturing movement of US industries to Mexico, since the price of labor was more cheap there.

Still a Proud Nation.

Even if Canada had been able to prove themselves worthy from the time we fought to win long-lasting wars to being involved with granting international rights, and even when we messed up along the way with unsteady benefits and harsh political demands, we should still be able to say we're proud Canadians, regardless of what race we came from or what history our resident province had been through. The saying goes, "Nobody's perfect," and that's what Canada definitely is. Overall, Canada may be a top developed country who's made many mistakes and even good support, but that's what truly makes a country, a great country.



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