Civic Nation Good Ethnic Nation Bad
Horowitz, Gad, Canadian Dimension
A certain Ramsay Cook, the one who called me a "national socialist" in the late sixties, defines the ethnic nation as having "a language, history and culture that marks them out as a separate people," while "a civic nation" has only "common civic values" (Globe & Mail, November 10, 2006). In Quebec, says Cook, many "allophones" and Anglophones don't share the French language and culture, and only some of the history. Therefore, if the Quebec nation is deemed to have a common language, etc., that would exclude the "allophones" and anglophones.
I'm confused. Is the u.s. not the very model of a civic nation? Does it not have a common language, culture and history? Do immigrants not over time, while retaining aspects of their original heritage, take on American culture, etc., as their own? If many "allophones" don't share Quebec's French culture, etc., is this perhaps because they actually form part of the formerly dominant English Canadian minority? …