Canada's Geography and History Have Shaped Politics Essay

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Canada’s geography and historic development have shaped its current political context. Do you agree or disagree? Do you think that this has made Canada a more (or less) difficult place to govern? Please explain.

Canada’s natural resources are distributed and differ along the territory. Therefore there is an uneven distribution of wealth because of the different economic sectors, which fluctuate the prosperity of the territory. Politics focus on the wealthy territories more than others since the transformation of natural resources represent the biggest part of Canada’s GDP which means a better economy.
Canada’s Natural Resources
Canada’s geography is very diverse and the location of natural resources and the density of population
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Transcontinental Railroad
British Columbia was a victim to being unfairly governed even before Confederation. Canada welcomed British Columbia and its many resources into Confederation in 1871. The unification was circumstantial with the promise of a railway that would extend from sea to sea. Fourteen years later the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) arrived in BC – a little later than planned- but built none the less. Unfortunately the CPR didn’t actually have tracks throughout southern BC where mineral deposits like silver, were being discovered. There was also a fruit industry that was blossoming and would eventually become world renown. (www.kettlevalleyrail.or 2012). Historic development was once again impacted by geography. BC was now technically an important part of Canada, yet because of the lack of population and the far reach from Ontario and Quebec they felt left out. This brings us back to the point that politics focus more on most populated areas because of the density of the population. The only concern Canada had with British Columbia was to honor their commitment of having the railway tracks connecting the provinces. They were not concerned that within BC people still struggled to commute north and south. The lack of population in BC at the time, made this province of little priority to Canada.

Quebec Issue
Historically, the relationship between European nations were never easy .Both, English and French, disputed the ‘New world’ and

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