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By Scott W. See

The second one greatest country in the world, Canada, with its overarching geography of over a million our bodies of water, unending prairies, frozen reaches of the north, and awe-inspiring mountain levels, holds many lovely lands. notwithstanding frequently portrayed by way of the yankee media as a light mirrored image of the U.S., Canada, as displayed right here, has a really complicated and complex picture. The political struggles of the earlier and current and the conflict over problems with ethnicity, race, faith, language, and tradition are only the various information that mark this country's unrivaled specialty. From the earliest touch among Amerindians and Europeans to the early twenty first century, this background attracts the reader into the drama that's Canada.

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A particularly dramatic strike among asbestos workers in Quebec helped to shift public opinion away from supporting big business and harsh management; it also served as an 33 34 important antecedent of the eventful â the 1960s. Quiet Revolutionâ of Quebecâ s cultural and political values in POLITICS: LIBERAL STYLE St. Laurent controlled Parliament until 1957, reflecting widespread voter approval to continue Liberal policies as well as the inability of Conservative leaders to draw together their supporters from across the country.

The federal and provincial governments would expand their powers considerably, creating collectively or individually a vast network of social and medical programs. The next two decades would bring the clearest definition yet of Canadian nationalism, illustrated by a new constitution that effectively completed the protracted process of gaining sovereignty from Britain. At the same time, events in Quebec kindled a provincial variation of nationalism that threatened to dissolve the bonds of Confederation.

At the same time, persistent strains between anglophones and francophones, now focused overwhelmingly on the relationship between Quebec and Canada, would threaten to stretch the bonds of nationhood to the breaking point. Canadaâ s social and political landscape in the next half-century would be complex and periodically contentious. Overshadowing Canadaâ s development in this period was the Cold War, the defining dynamic in global history from the close of World War II until the early 1990s. Canadaâ s ideological orientation as a Western democracy, with its historic ties to Britain and the United States, placed < previous page page_141 next page > < previous page page_142 next page > Page 142 it in the forefront of nations that acted as a counterweight to the Soviet Union and its often reluctant allies.

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