Voices Within Canad Of Hockey, Medicare And Canadian Dreams Essay

763 Words Mar 8th, 2016 4 Pages
“Voices within Canada: Of hockey, Medicare and Canadian dreams” written by Stephen J. Toope questions what we want to be as Canadians as we approach our 150th birthday. Toope is the director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and is well qualified to question our country’s dreams as we approach an intimidatingly stormy future. To his audience of Canadians of all ages, Toope questions if current Canadian state is the best that can be done. Should hockey and Medicare be the defining features of a country that has sustained democratic rule for so long? He approaches the topic immediately with an emotional appeal to Canadians that motivates the audience to seek answers for what they believe in. Toope’s ideas form a highly effective argument consisting of appeals to emotion, his credibility, appeals to reader interests, expert opinion, precedent, and concessions. His argument is strengthened heavily by the fact that he is addressing an entire nation and not just certain groups with variance amongst their ideas. Toope’s assertion that Canada needs to reinvent and create a future for itself is accurate and supported with adequate evidence.

Although hockey and Medicare have served well as emblems for Canadians’ sense of self (Toope, 2013, P.223), Toope suggests that these features may not be the strongest representatives of Canada as a whole. Appeals are made here both to emotion and to reader interests as a Canadian audience may let the question at…

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