Canada at 150: Still a work in progress

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SWIFT Institute
Adjunct Professor
Carleton University

The Canadian Confederation, which celebrates its 150th birthday this year, has emerged as a model of stability and diversity compared to other wealthy countries. The 36 million people who occupy this vast land do not speak, pray or look alike, yet for the most part they have learned to live together in neighbourly sympathy. But increasing diversity (one fifth of the population today is foreign-born) and the long-suppressed demands of Indigenous peoples are putting pressure on the world’s second oldest federation. Compromise is built into Canada’s sturdy political institutions, but what will stop this country stumbling in the face of stresses that are causing other liberal democracies to wobble?

This lecture will provide delegates with a brief introduction of this year's Sibos host country. We have 150 copies of Charlotte Gray's book, The Promise of Canada, to give away. Charlotte will be available after her lecture to autograph copies.