The Canadian Imagination

What it means to be Canadian; examining and reworking Canada as a nation.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

There is every sign that Canadians are not just apathetic in the face of this abuse; most of them support it. Sometimes it seems that democracy isn't even skin-deep in this country. It vanishes at the first challenge. By sheer good luck, the challenges have never been severe enough to create major changes in our institutions, nor damage our smugness. That sense of confidence is poorly deserved and, like all illusions, more dangerous to our survival as a free country than any of the external challenges we might face.
— Peter Desbarats, 1997 Somalia Inquiry

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