Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Trudeau's Influence on Equality

In a just society Trudeau envisioned that all Canadian would have equal opportunity's. To try and follow this Trudeau introduced the Official Languages Act in 1969, This gave an equal status to the English and French Canadians. Trudeau fought for equality between French and English cultures, wealthy and poor provinces, women and men in politics. He also wanted a renewed federation where French and English Canada were full and equal partners. To create equality between French and English communism made three major recommendations: make services for federal government more widely available in French across the country, open the federal civil service equally to English and French Canadians and improve and expand the teaching of French as a second language. This led Trudeau to introduce the Official Languages Act. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Document Analysis: Canada and 9/11

The following post is the in class analysis of the "Canada and 9/11" excerpt. We didn't hand it in, so I decided to share my thoughts via blog.

First off, this article is representative of the helpful and selfless nature in Canadian identity. The way that without hesitation the residents of Gander welcomed stranded plane passengers shows Canadians' ability to recognize and act on a person (or thousands) in need. Specific examples of this illustration of Canadians  include when "they consoled, and they cooked, they cooked and they cooked" and how "with a population barely hitting 10'000, [Gander] welcomed 6'600 stranded passengers that fateful day". The way that the residents cooked and cooked supports how Canadians continuously help until the job is done. The way that a tiny town like Gander was willing to nearly double its capacity to welcome strangers shows the immediate selflessness of Canadians, at least on a large scale. I believe these values do remain true throughout Canada because the article mentions also hundreds of Canadians in "Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal and Toronto" who were thanked for their helpful efforts. These are just major cities. Gander is an example of small towns who gave generously as well.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013


The link to my Bitstrips storyboard for "The Canadian Identity"

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Tommy Douglas

                                      Tommy Douglas

Tommy Douglas. You know his name, not his story. He was born in a small town just outside of Scotland and then moved to Saskatchewan and became a Baptist minister, politician, and the premier of Saskatchewan. But then in 1935 he was elected into the Canadian House of Commons as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). Tommy Douglas had a dream. Douglas's dream was to bring medicare to his province.In 1947 Tommy Douglas introduced universal hospitalization in Saskatchewan and in 1959 announced a Medicare plan for Saskatchewan. After setting up medicare for Saskatchewan, he stepped down from premier and then went into the election. Douglas was then elected as its first federal leader in 1961. Some people could say Tommy Douglas was Canada's greatest Canadian for bring his own idea for health care to Canada and keeping people healthy and alive.

Pierre Trudeau

Pierre Trudeau

Pierre was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada and wanted a Just Society. He wanted everyone to be equal including homosexuals, he wanted people to have the freedom to get divorced or choose to have an abortion. Trudeau also made it so that both men and women got "equal pay for equal work, this was a huge step in the right direction for women's rights.  Also Pierre helped Canada's economy by providing skilled labour for the workforce, he improved the lives of many by allowing the population to grow therefore bringing more money to Canada's economy. The Americans were losing a battle against Vietnam and it was Pierre's decision to distance Canada from the U.S therefore helping them gain independence. Those are just a few of the things Pierre Trudeau did to help Canada have a Just Society. 

Pierre Trudeau Quote

We must now establish the basic principles, the basic values and beliefs which hold us together as Canadians so that beyond our regional loyalties there is a way of life and a system of values which make us proud of the country that has given us such freedom and such immeasurable joy."  This quote was about signing the Canadian Charter of Right and Freedom. This quote provides information about Trudeaus believes and what he standed for. This shows how he wanted to make sure all canadians were equal and was trying to make everyone equal with pay so that economy would get better. Trudeau passed the minimum wage law