Granted we can't blame them entirely seeing that our country is geographically huge after all.
To me, this assumption of local culture representing national culture tells me that there is a desire out there for a national culture beyond just a legal culture. We want to have more in common with our compatriots than the law and a common passport and citizenship. Or do we? I don't know the answer and so will throw it out.
I'd considered creating a poll, but the number of questions would just be too great. So maybe I'll create a related poll in another thread later.
For now though, I'd like to ask some questions.
Desire for a common culture
Do you desire a common culture for Canada beyond a strictly legal one?
And if so, then
How to build a common Canadian cultural foundation?
Should Canada adopt, revise, or create a language to serve as a common official language for all Canadians?
And if so, ought it to be taught in all schools across Canada as a common first language or common second language?
If so, should the language chosen be one of Canada's current official language or a completely new one? If not possible, then would it be preferable for Canada to separate among linguistic lines so as to alow each part to develop a common culture of its own, possibly by rebuilding its historical cultural ties each with its respective mother-country?
What kind of common religious culture ought Canada to have, if any? Should we have a common official religion like the UK has, keep privileges for certain religious groups as laid out in the BNA Act, have certain official statutory holidays inspired by religion, require students in school to learn about the official religion in school, or government and religion completely separate?
3. Other cultural norms
Are there other kinds of cultural norms that ought to be developed as part of a common culture shared among all Canadians, and to what degree?
Personally, I don't care too much in any direction, but seeing that there is always talk of 'Canadian culture' beyond its legal culture, I get the impression that some have a false notion that Canada does have a common culture beyond its legal one or wishes or hopes to have one. Others might not mind the diverse ethnic cultures of the land held together by nothing more than a common legal culture.
But since this notion of a common Canadian culture beyond the legal comes up often enough, I decided to start this thread as a chance to discuss whether we ought to develop a more solid common cultural foundation or not, and if so, how, to what degree, and what it would entail.
Go ahead, speak your minds.