Matthew Hayday on Bilingualism and Canadian Identity
Two official languages affirm pride in our past, prepare us for the future. BY SHIONA MACKENZIE, FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012
Along with national pride, controversies over bilingualism in Canada often surge around July 1. History professor Matthew Hayday frequently attends the annual “birthday party” on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, where celebrations include the noontime playing of “O Canada” and flights by the Snowbirds aerobatics team. But he isn’t there just for fun; he is a keen observer of the symbolism connected with Canada’s identity, a researcher who focusses on issues of public policy, English-French relations, and federalism and identity politics in Canada.
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