A “Post-National” Canada Won’t Remain A Real Country For Long

Without a strong sense of being Canadian, the alternative is each small group in our country tearing each other apart for scraps doled out by politicians, while our ability to work towards common goals as a nation would be gone.

Ever since Justin Trudeau brought up his idea of making Canada a “Post-National” country, many Canadians have been deeply concerned by the implications of that idea.

After all, the idea of taking Canada – a nation that has been very successful – and radically attempting to remove any sense of unifying nationhood among our people, is rightfully seen as a massive risk.

Of course, the idea of “post-nationalism” is another way to push globalism. It seeks to cast nationalism in a negative light, while purposely ignoring the fact that by the very definition of the word, every nation on earth exists due to nationalism.

That leads to the biggest problem with “post-nationalism”: No country without a strong national identity can remain a real country for long.

For a country like Canada, a strong sense of national identity brings people from all backgrounds together in the unifying idea of being Canadian. It can lead to policies that put the interests of our nation first, and helps us see our fellow citizens as part of a broader Canadian family where we look out for one another and seek to keep our nation strong and secure.

The alternative is identity politics, which is growing rapidly as our “leaders” move their post-national agenda forward. As we are already seeing, identity politics has the opposite function of nationalism, and destroys our unifying sense of being Canadian in order to replace it with identities based upon race, gender, or contrived victim-status.

As a result, the choice isn’t really between “nationalism” and “post-nationalism,” the choice is between nationalism and identity politics that fractures our country.

Imagine a country with no sense of national identity that has fully succumbed to identity politics.

Would that place even remain a real country?

There might still be something on a map that says “Canada,” but without a sense of being “Canadian,” (which is inherently nationalistic), that something wouldn’t be a real country. It would be internally divided, with each small group tearing each other apart for scraps doled out by politicians, while our ability to work towards common goals as a country would be gone.

That would leave Canada open to foreign countries and global corporations to extract as much wealth as possible, at the expense of any real future for our country. When Trudeau talks about “post-nationalism,” that’s the kind of future he envisions, and that’s why Canadians must push back against it.

Spencer Fernando

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