Introduction: To Canada with Love and Some Misgivings (03:02)
On Canada Day 1990, National Film Board crews from Quebec and British Columbia react to the Meech Lake Accord decision before attending celebrations and protests.
Pouch Cove Performers (05:06)
Rising Tide Theater’s Artistic Director Donna Butt is local to Newfoundland. She addresses the Meech Lake decision and powerlessness felt by citizens. Her troupe practices a play regarding a community with economic problems and welfare dependency.
Westerner Discontent (04:41)
Saskatchewan farmers feel neglected and exploited by the Canadian Government. Many appreciate bilingualism but do not believe speaking French qualifies Quebec for special treatment. Some organize political groups.
National Division (08:34)
June Callwood addresses regional disparities, citing perceptions that Easterners run the Canadian government. Fort Nelson Indian Reserve’s Caroline is the only First Nations member on the Citizen’s Forum for Canada’s Future. Natives have no legal means for protecting traditions or resources.
National Identity (07:37)
English speaking Westerners want access to the Canadian government while many Quebec citizens want out of the country. The Meech Lake Accord defeat denies demands for independence. French speakers feel their heritage is important and want more political power.
Isolated Groups (04:35)
Callwood believes Quebec’s issues are more psychological than political. She states that until 1861, provincial inhabitants were primarily English speakers; they are now the minority. Most believe bilingualism and dual cultures enrich the nation.
Evolving Citizenry (03:51)
Since 1867, Canada has been defined as an English-French country. The Buddhist Council’s Director explains how strict dualism denies the nation’s dynamic nature. He counsels the Constitutional Affairs Minister, calling for flexibility and respect of differences.
Nation of Immigrants (04:38)
Zeishong Lim has relocated to Alberta from Singapore. He believes that being Canadian is more valuable to migrants. Globalization is impacting Canada, with many cultures contributing to evolution.
Dalhousie University Law School has graduated few minorities, and now recruits indigenous and black students. Natives discuss communalism and how their traditions are ignored. Nova Scotia’s black community is North America’s oldest; the dual nation concept leaves out ethnic and cultural groups.
Meech Lake Legacy (05:26)
Across Canada, citizens feel powerless over the government and isolated from the rest of the country. Butt asserts that respecting small-town economies and native populations will keep the nation working. Individuals should learn more about each other without fearing homogenization.
Credits: To Canada with Love and Some Misgivings (01:58)
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