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This essay will firstly look at the divisions within Canada and how these divisions work to create a unique political culture. Secondly, it will compare the American and Canadian political cultures.

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"Hey, I am not a lumberjack or fur trader, and I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber or own a dog sled and I don't know Jimmy, Sally, or Suzie from Canada, although I am certain they're really, really nice. I have a prime minister, not a president; I speak English and French, not American; and I pronounce it 'about,' not 'aboot.' I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack. I believe in peacekeeping, not policing; diversity, not assimilation; and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal. A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch, and it's pronounnced zed, not zee, zed! Canada is the second largest landmass, and the first nation of hockey, and the best part of North America. My name is Joe, and I am Canadian! Thank you." Canadians have all heard, rejoiced and chanted the 'I am Canadian' commercial. The commercial enforced the patriotic feeling now engulfing Canadians. The commercial further signified a changing political culture from the historically calm and accepting neighbour of the south. It is important to look at patriotism because it could mark a reduction in the Canadian malaise and the fragmentation we as Canadians inhibit and lead to a changing political culture. ...read more.

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There are a lot of immigrants in Toronto who have been residing in Canada for 10 or 15 years and do not speak English and have not attempted to chant the 'I am Canadian' slogan. This kind of behaviour is quite apparent among immigrants and poses a threat to commonality in Canada. The cultural mosaic is due to the fact that these cultures do not integrate themselves into Canada not only because they have a right to, but also because they have the ability to. The second generation immigrants are the ones becoming saturated with Canada's culture through the educational system and the media. '[N]either the state nor the public school can be neutral about patriotism."10 Starting in elementary school, kids sing the national anthem, they learn about how glorious the Canadian flawless the history and the leaders of our country were. The job of a school is to teach children how to be good citizens - how to be good Canadian citizens. Generation after generation the foreign language will transforms into English and people's foreign culture into Canadian. The end-result will not be a cultural mosaic but rather a melting pot, just as in the US. And, in the end the children will chant 'I am Canadian' and drink their Molson Canadians with their Canadian flag on their porch. ...read more.

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HOW THE INTRO WILL TIE IN: This is why it is important to mention this movement of nationalism because our political culture appears to be conservative but is really To begin, we must discuss the fracture theory in Canadian politics. The fragmentation of any society is not a benefit but to their country in any way besides being a tool to drive their nation apart. However, Canada is unique in this respect; it thrives on multiculturalism as the core principle of the Canadian culture. The fragments present in our society are as follows; Immigrants, Aboriginals, and Quebeckers. Immigrants can be further divided into their ethnic origins. These divisions within the Canadian system make it difficult to say that Canada has one type of political culture It is not reasonable to say that just because Canada has a lot of fragmentation enmeshed deep in its core, that it is accepting. 1 Lecture notes: Sept. 29/04 2 PJS & JA, 265 3 Political Culture Today 4 http://www.cbc.ca/greatest/top_ten/nominee/douglas-tommy.html 5 http://www.cbc.ca/greatest/top_ten/nominee/douglas-tommy.html 6 The Origins of Canadian Poltics 7 Conservatism: The Tory Tradition 8 ???ESCAPING FRENCH REVOLUTION 9 PJS and JA, 269 10 PJS & JA, 274 11 Continental Divide, 73 12 Lipset,.3 13 PJS and JA, 265 14 Fire and Ice, 5 15 PJS & JA, 266 16 PJS, JA, 273. 17 PJS, JA, 274 18 PJS, JA, Political Culture Today.270 19 Fire and Ice, 3 20 http://reason.com/0205/cr.jl.maple.shtml ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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