What are canadian loyalties in relation to nation, nationalism,and identity?  

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Michael Ugulini eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a Canadian, I believe, for the most part, our loyalties in relation to nation revolve around the idea that we should be a strong independent country that has a productive place on the global stage and that we can hold our own against superpowers such as the United States, Russia, China, and others in a climate of mutual cooperation as concerns economics, human rights, and such. We as Canadians, are not so naive to believe that we can hold our own militarily, as we do rely heavily on our great neighbor to the south, the United States.

Our loyalties in relation to nationalism is to be a free nation that harnesses the best attributes of our Provinces and Territories to foster the strength of the nation as a whole. We are very protective of our natural resources and the blessings given to us in regards to expansive land with acres of wheat and other commodities to feed the world and our economy. Our loyalties as regards nationalism also involve working to keep our country together against the always annoying threat of some in the Province of Quebec who want the province to secede and go their own way.

Our loyalties in relation to identity involve us wanting to respect the melting pot that Canada is, without dispensing of the laws, ideals, and established norms that have made our country successful and a great place to live and raise a family. We seek to honor immigrants who come here, if they do not demand imposing their cultural beliefs in a bold way on our established institutions and such. We, as born and bred Canadians should, and do, strive to maintain the protocols that have made us a nation that others quite often look up to. This goes back to our association and history with Britain and the other Commonwealth nations.