Canadian Regionalism Essay

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Canadian Regionalism in our Political Life Canada is known worldwide as a nation that incorporates a number of multiregional identities into its national unification. Its population is made up of peoples from a number of different ethnicities, religions, lifestyles, and traditions, all coexisting under one federal government, and one Canadian nationality. Regionalism is not only a symbol of pride to Canada, however, it is also an issue with regards to political proficiency in the Federal government. The vast differences between the regions within Canada make it problematic for the government to represent all requests of its people at a national level. The number of distinct regions in Canada can be detrimental to this process in that it hinders the development of a national vision for the country. It seems hard to imagine that a country as large as Canada can elect a majority government that effectively represents all multi-regional agendas, considering that each party’s agenda seems to favour the interests of a certain region above others. This is evident in the platforms of the parties and the beliefs of their leaders with regards to economic, cultural and social patterns present in Canada. The economic stability of Canada as a nation is greatly influenced, and reliant, on the regions of the country having strong economic bases. From 1867 to the mid 1950s, Canada’s government had no explicit policy of regional development, instead, it directed its economic policy solely on national development. According to Savoie (2003) the idea was that a strong national economy, based on east-west trade and tariffs would benefit all regions (page. 149). WW1 ensued, and this model was vanquished whilst the Great Depression left poorer provinces in devastation. Savoie (2003) also comments that the U.S. has been much more successful in promoting regional balance in its national

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