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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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The development of "chesterfield"--once a common Canadianism for a sofa, but now somewhat moribund--is explored at length.
(56) Terence Fay, A History of Canadian Catholics: Gallicanism, Romanism, and Canadianism (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002), 241.
example of narrow-minded Canadianism. Davies asked whether the sovereign
In his 1965 "Conclusion," Frye named the assumption of a unique and unchanging essence of Canadian character as the "mystique of Canadianism" and maintained that we are "obviously not to read [it] back into the pre-confederation period....
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.
Fay, A History of Canadian Catholics: Gallicanism, Romanism and Canadianism (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002), 250-1,282, 301; Eric O.
At the core of her arguments, there was always the intersection of Canadianism that she absorbed at school, non-marxist socialist ideas, civic humanistic values, and civil libertarian views of freedom.
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.
To Alfred Fitzpatrick, the founder of Frontier College, Bethune must have been the perfect embodiment of the labourer-teacher he was so desperately looking for: just, honest and brave people, "clean in life and lip, yet straightforward," who would become moulders of "Canadianism." Bethune was barely 21 years old.
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.

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