The ideology I had to research was Liberalism, which I didn’t know much about, until this week. The Liberal Party is the current party of Canada and was elected on October 15th, 2015 under the leadership of Justin Trudeau who became Prime Minister of Canada.
This party stands for;
Individualism (individual takes priority over society),
Freedom (individuals have the right of choosing for themselves, as long as they follow the law)
Equality (no one is more superior over each other, no hierarchies)
Rationalism (the capability of thinking logically and rationally, to help solves problems)
Progress (keeping traditions that have value and making new ideas that lead to progress in the economy, science and the society)
The free Market ( Liberalism and capitalism go hand in hand, more easy to create wealth)
For the round-table debate, we were assignment different topics involving individualism, immigration, the economy, social services, and law and order, and as a group representing as a Canadian party, had to address these issues. My group’s ideas are based on benefiting individuals. For example, one of the topics were about a new privately owned mining company wants to begin it operations in Alberta. My group’s response was to give support and invest money into the company because there would be a lot of profit and minerals coming from it and it would make more job openings. What I found interesting of this activities is simply learning how does the Canadian Government work, doing the research, then doing the round-table debate and learn how each party in Canada operates. What was challenging was preparing an argument for the some of the topics because this type of debate was new to me and I couldn’t find some solutions to one of the topics, however I improvised and it worked.
I hope that the war efforts have contributed well at where you are. Things have changed in Canada greatly since the war has started. At first, a lot of people who are of British origin have been quick to support the “Mother Country”. Many have went and volunteered to fight, mainly Canadian men have been accepted and since only they went to fight overseas, women were able to contribute by either being positioned as nurses to help heal the wounded, or were offered jobs at places like from operating fishing boats to working on farms because of the high demand of resources like food, clothing and ammunition that the armies needed for the war. Since the resources needed to be bought, the country are having an inflation of prices, the government introduced income tax that require families to pay 1-15% percent of the income they receive, this has been becoming hard for the citizens here because the wages have stayed the same.
I have became very worried about what is truly happening overseas, especially with you, that I have became dependent on your response to what is happening in the war. I’m just not sure if their has been any propaganda on radio, podcasts, articles, newspapers, even speeches or in any new sources. The reason for the uncertainty is because of how much is broadcasted about the Germans, the war we’re fighting and how much they are encouraging more men to volunteer for a group like the Canadian Expeditionary Force. It a group you may have heard of, however I haven’t had heard much about. So all I know is that they are an armed force made by the Canadian volunteers.
I hope you come back safely.
This story represents how I came to like reading and how much I learned through that. I read fictional stories, genres like fantasy, sci-fi, with a little comedy and I learned a lot from what is the story based on, how character react to certain events and what was referenced in the story. Even though these stories are fictional, all of them are based of real life experience.
I choose this image to represent what we have in Canada, and the objects contained in this shows a lot of that. For example, there are trees, fish and a farm tracker which represents that Canada is a resource based country, meaning we make a lot of trade with wood, fish and crops. Another example is the boats and the marine, symbolizing how (before Confederation) people did most travel by boat/canoes or people who live on the east or west coast did mainly fishing. Here is a fact even; Did you know that Canada has the worlds largest costal lines, obliviously including both the east and west. Or another example is you can figure out that how Canadians favors hockey, curling and skating just by thinking what each figure is.(There is even a silhouette of the hockey Stanley Cup on the bottom left side of the totem pole in the middle of the leaf). This image shouts both historical and current interests of past and present Canadians. If any Canadian of today or even 50 years ago would stop and glance at this image, they would to, realize how many different things symbolize the Country of Canada.
The question of the origins of our countries flag or the name sometimes came back to me. Discovering this article answered the question, which is the reason why I chose to post and share. To have a official national flag, it has to show/represent the characteristics of said country. For Canada’s current flag, the reason why it was chosen was for 3 reason; The clarity and striking design made it easily recognizable, it used Canada’s official national colours (red and white) , the maple leaf had already become a popular emblem of Canadian national identity at home and abroad. If someone from the year 1921 to the 1957, the wouldn’t recognize the Maple Leaf flag, because their flag(s) at the time was the Red Ensign Flag which had charged three times between those 2 time periods.
Before 1957, the maple leafs were green.
In 1921 Canada got a new coat of arms from the College of Arms in London.
The Red Ensign flag of Canada before 1921. The coat of arms was a collection of the province’s coat of arms.