Saturday, April 17, 2010

Canada Moves Towards Independence

Prior to 1982, the Constitution Act of Canada was known as The British North America Act, where Britain had more control over making laws in Canada. The Trudeau government decided that it was the right time to bright the constitution home. They also believed that this would help to re-unit Canada with Quebec as a one country by providing more support for Quebeckers. Prior to going to Britain, Trudeau organized a conference with all the provinces, but Quebec did not participate, and it was not successful. Afterward, Trudeau was on live television and he expressed his idea of Canada having control over its own laws and regulations. For the second time, Trudeau summoned another meeting and except Quebec, all the provinces participated for the event. So, once again they skip the summit, just like a lot of people skip their Biology class at high school! Leader of Quebec, Levesque said, “Quebec is alone”. That was the excuse they came up as to why they didn’t take part. In fact, they didn’t want to participate for any activities with Canada because they consider Quebec as a separate nation from Canada. As a result of all the tough work done by the Trudeau government, on 8 March 1982, for the first time, Canada was recognized an independent nation.

In 1965, Canada came up with its own flag. The uniqueness of the flag was that it did not neglect any province or ethnic background (yeah, that’s right, including Quebec!). It was the maple leaf representing Canadian identity. The flag also did not have any symbol related to Union Jack, preventing British influence over Canada. However, it was not until recent, in 1980, where Canada adapted to its own national anthem. O Canada had been in Canada for more that a century, but it was first considered and sang in the parliament on 1 July 1980. During WW II, many patriots believed that o Canada should be the national anthem; however, some important people such as Mackenzie King said it was important to follow what we used to do. In other words, he meant Canada was not ready to adapt to O. However in 1980, Canadian national anthem began to hear in both English and French in schools, universities and officers.

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