Canadians as a whole are known for maple syrup, hockey and having a prime minister with a great head of hair. We’re also associated with politeness, kindness and being even-tempered people.
With growing tensions between the U.S. and Canada on trade issues, support for Canada flooded in with the #ThankCanada and #ThanksCanada movement.
As lovely as the international praise is, Canada is far from perfection and have several internal struggles to work through, most notably the government’s relationship with the country’s Indigenous population.
“There are, today, children living on reserves in Canada who cannot safely drink, or bathe in, or even play in the water that comes out of their taps,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a speech to the UN General Assembly in 2017, describing the country as a “work in progress,” focusing on the historic mistreatment of Indigenous people.
Canada is also known as an open and accepting country, particularly when it comes to our immigration policy.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
According to research done by Yahoo Canada News and Ipsos Public Affairs last year, 58 per cent of respondents believed Canada is better because of immigrants, but 55 per cent thought Canadian values are under threat because of immigrants. Additionally, 57 per cent of respondents believed Canadian values are under threat because of refugees.
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