In 2015, when Justin Trudeau described Canada to the New York Times as the world’s “first postnational state,” adding “there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada”, he was said to be expressing a uniquely Canadian philosophy that some found bewildering – even reckless – but which could represent a radical new model of nationhood.
In retrospect, this could have meant no nationhood at all. Which may be why, as we approach Canada Day six years later, the world’s first postnational state is feeling like barely a country. A shell of itself. A foundering husk of a nation the world once knew and respected.
“I don’t recognize the country I was born into,” lamented Independent MP Derek Sloan recently as he hosted a forum of prominent Canadian doctors – including Dr. Byram W. Bridle, a viro-immunologist from the University of Guelph, Dr. Patrick Philips from Englehart Hospital, and Dr. Don Welsh from the University of Western Ontario who’ve all been punished for speaking out against the ongoing censorship of anyone questioning the mainstream COVID-19 narrative which, over the past 18 months, has hobbled the country to a near standstill with lockdowns and pushed it into an economic wilderness. All over a viral pandemic with a mortality rate of less than 1 percent.