Charles Taylor: Unifying Canada

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Charles Taylor also writes about unifying Canada – not through the exploration of Canadian literature, like Atwood and Frye – by looking at the big picture things: individualism, reason/efficiency, and what he sees’ as the consequence as extreme individualism (Seminar Notes Nov. 12) in Reconciling the Solitudes and The Malaise of Modernity. Taylor is an interesting mix between someone who works in academic philosophy and in the political sphere. According to Taylor, Canada represents a united and distinct society whose identity is rooted in cultural difference. There becomes a question of individual identity versus national unity, which can be seen in opposition. The means to bridge this gap may be best made by these groups finding shared goals that unite Canada. …show more content…
12). It becomes an ongoing conversation of shared versus divergent values that can still be noted within Canadian society today.

Taylor emphasizes three main goals or recommendations that can help to unify Canada. First, Canada should build a legitimately bi-cultural country to allow for its own steady growth and to act as a model for the rest of the world. Second, to better establish the relationship between Canada and the rest of the world by way of engaging more critically in the United Nations, brining aid and mediation and not simply acting as a satellite of the United States. Finally, to pursue equality within the country and its various regions to ensure regional equality through government involvement (Taylor 27-28). There seems nothing inherently complicated about Taylor’s recommendations. They seek to establish Canada as a stronger country at home as well as a more powerful global actor but remains useless if all Canadians cannot

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