Sur le blogue d’Active History, l’historien Jon Weier nous apprend que le gouvernement conservateur remplacera la feuille d’érable sur les uniformes des soldats canadiens par la couronne royale : « The Maple Leaf is to be replaced on the shoulder boards and collar tabs of Canadian soldiers’ uniforms with the crown or pip that had been used to indicate rank in the Canadian Forces before unification in 1968. » Ce faisant, Weier cite une récente lettre ouverte de Jocelyn Létourneau. Voici un extrait de l’article intitulé Canada and the new colonialism, où l’historien résume la lettre ouverte de Létourneau :
In this article, published under the title “Multiculturalism Died, and Harper replaced it with ‘Royalization’”, Létourneau suggests that multiculturalism has been largely unsuccessful in accomplishing one of its primary goals; undermining the power of Québecois nationalism and replacing it with a shared Canadian identity. As such, Létourneau argues that the current government has seen the writing on the wall and has sought to bolster four distinct Canadian identities that together make up an idea of Canada. This strategy has involved recognition of Québec’s distinctness, progress in transforming the relationship between First Nations and the federal government, the continuing need to maintain Canadian sovereignty and independence in the face of American hegemony, and, in the case of English Canada, the renewed emphasis on traditional markers of an English Canadian identity. Létourneau concludes that this is all centred on a shared sense of Canada as an immigrant nation with common values.
Létourneau generally avoids judging the value of this new exercise, simply suggesting that this is the direction in which the current government is moving as it seeks to transform ideas of Canadian identity. And he seems to be right, though he describes this new direction more eloquently and more explicitly than anyone in government has.
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