Canada vs the United States

Canada vs the United States

  • Submitted By: cnelson
  • Date Submitted: 05/24/2008 2:29 PM
  • Category: Psychology
  • Words: 967
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Growing up in Canada and growing up in the United States for children these days is totally different from how it used to be. The idea of Canadian identity is an issue that not many people think about, and that most people take for granted. What you may not know, is that some of these differences in our mannerisms and culture could effect our society so much that we could go from 10 provinces and 3 territories to 4 provinces and 3 territories in a time frame of a few years. I will explain this point later in my essay which I hope you will enjoy, and I hope you will think about the reality of struggling to keep our country together, so close to the all mighty US of A.

One of the things that I feel separates a Canadian from an American is the role of culture and heritage. When immigrants come to Canada from another country, they are encouraged to remember their other identity, and their roots in their country of birth, while Americans tell them to forget their old life because they are Americans now! For example the Canadian government might give a Portuguese community funding to create a Portuguese community centre, so that when these people have children who are born in Canada, their culture and heritage will not be forgotten. I think that encouraging cultural diversity is a good idea because it makes our cities more interesting. We don't just have cities filled with Anglo-Saxon Canadians, but cities filled with Portuguese-Canadians, Chinese-Canadians and others, who are true to Canada, yet still remembering their old homeland.

Unfortunately this same diversity can, and may, cause problems for our society. Quebec is the biggest region in Canada where ethnic culture and study of heritage is very important. This was why Quebec was thinking of separating from Canada, because they have taken the statement, 'Do not forget your true culture and heritage,' to a whole new level. They believe that their culture is...

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