Canada is a country, with smaller ‘nations’ within our borders. It “has borders, where guards check passports, and an army,” and with our government that possesses sovereignty over the country we fit into the very description of a country: “A region that is identified as a distinct entity in political geography” according to Wikipedia (Foran, 2017). A postnational state is one “where respect for minorities trumps any one group’s way of doing things,” and this clearly is not the case for Canada (Todd, 2016).  Although we undoubtedly welcome diversity and welcome immigrants, we do not let our admiration of different cultures change our laws and the way we live entirely. We still celebrate Canada Day on July 1st every year, we still sing our national anthem, and we still continue to live our lives like we did before. We are only changing our perceptions, not our entire lifestyle. Furthermore, our governments’ regulations end up trumping the ways of a culture rather than vice versa; we have ignored the rights of the First Nations peoples, and we have taken over their land without their consent. We build pipelines across their sacred land, and give them designated reserves to live in even when they were here before us. That is not what it means to be post-national. We have nations within Canada, “the French-speaking province of Quebec already constitutes one distinctive nation, as do the 50-plus First Nations spread across the country. All have their own perspectives and priorities,” and cultures that bond them with one another (Foran, 2017). As a whole, Canada cannot be considered a nation because of our geographical borders, recognition on maps as a country, and we just have everything that the definition of a country implies. Canada is a country that is a home to multiple different nations within, such as what you see from the quote. With our “high proportion of immigrants and official policy of multiculturalism,” it isn’t difficult to label Canada as a post-national state, but by definitive terms we are not such (Todd, 2016). Sure, we are an incredibly diverse country housing some of the most diverse cities in the world, such as Vancouver and Toronto, but we still have control and sovereignty over the cultures in Canada. We have enforced rules, borders, and a military to protect our identity, and while that identity lasts we are and will remain a country.

The dangers of Trudeau's 'postnational' Canada