1. “Fame is […] not a Canadian experience” (5)
This passage states that fame cannot be found within Canada. This is because Canada is not often held in the world’s spotlight. This shows that Canadians don’t value fame as much as other countries.
2. “Canada is a country born without a mission statement” (11).
This passage introduces the concept that Canada does not have a defined role in the world. This reveals that defining Canadian identity is not as straightforward as defining the identity of other countries.
3. “Canadian[s] have a disproportionate fear of being perceived as ‘conceited’” (75).
This passage shows the wants and fears of Canadians when compared to the rest of the world. This is a very general statement that shows a lot about Canadian values. This reveals that Canadians want to be perceived as modest, and fear being perceived as conceited.
4. The fundamental Canadian questions, ‘Who are we?’ and ‘Where are we?’ (114)
This passage states two questions that are fundamental to Canada as a whole. These questions are meant to make the reader think about the identity of Canada. This passage doesn’t reveal anything about Canadian identity, but it prompts the reader to define Canadian identity.
5. “[Canadians] felt a thrill that our collective voice could be heard over the din of our noisy neighbours to the south” (125)
This passage relates to the Canadian content laws that encouraged airplay of Canadian songs. This shows that Canadians have a collective value of national pride that is partially based on our differences from other cultures.
An overall theme from my reading so far is that Canadian values are very different from the values of other countries. Our concept of freedom is very unique, especially when compared to the American concept of freedom, and our national pride is based off our uniqueness.