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1. the Canadian national character or spirit
2. loyalty to Canada, its political independence, culture, etc
3. a linguistic usage, custom, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of Canada, its people, or their culture


(kəˈneɪ di əˌnɪz əm)

1. a custom, trait, or thing distinctive of Canada or its citizens.
2. an English word, idiom, phrase, or pronunciation originating in or distinctive to Canada.


1. a word or phrase commonly used in Canadian rather than British or American English. Cf. Americanism, Briticism.
2. a word or phrase typical of Canadian French or English that is present in another language.
3. an instance of speech, behavior, customs, etc., typical of Canada.
See also: Language
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Since the Quiet Revolution was about modernization and rejection of old-style French Canadianism, a film that highlighted past failings was suspect.
They champion an attenuated but still powerful post-liberal ideal of the Canadian state as a "national manager," an exalted conception of citizenship and equity, and an all-inclusive "democratic Canadianism.
Those who have served in the military have a "military perspective" and sense of community that is a very different perspective on Canadianism.
Fay, A History of Canadian Catholics: Gallicanism, Romanism and Canadianism (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002), 250-1,282, 301; Eric O.
The mystique of Canadianism was specifically the cultural accompaniment of Confederation and the imperialistic mood that followed it" (Bush 220).
Its constitutional objective was (1) generally to weaken centrifugal provincialism by strengthening a contrary rights-bearing Canadianism, and (2) specifically to weaken Francophone nationalism.
The federal multiculturalism program undermines Canadianism because, as Dr.
Terry Fay's recent survey A History of Canadian Catholics: Gallicanism, Ultramontanism, and Canadianism (2002) comes to mind as a Grant-style work, weaving together disparate players, salient themes, and the integration of religion (in this case Catholicism) with other aspects of Canadian society.
Similarly, the Nisei, in most cases, were made to feel like equals by their employers, which was an important affirmation of their Canadianism at a time when it was being carefully scrutinized.
Fay, A History of Canadian Catholics : Gallicanism, Romanism, and Canadianism, Montreal-Kingston, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002, xv-400 p.
For many Jews, inclusive, universal Canadianism itself now seemed to present a threat, the thr eat of assimilation and the loss of a special Jewish character.

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