Many Canadians may not agree that their country is a powerful military and political force in the world of the 21st century. They do, however, find little to argue about when they are told that their country is economically strong in the 21st century and it attracts immigrants because of its human rights and economy. Do they agree that there is - or can be - a common Canadian identity within a very large geographical area of ten provinces and three territories? What have Canadians been doing to find unity in a land becoming more and more diverse? How are Canadians talking to each other and trying to deal with deep injustices and very loud complaints about a past that still impact their society, today? What does multiculturalism mean today, in a society so close to the United States whose legislators and administrators want the world to know about great dangers of terrorism to democracies? These are just some of the main questions to which we shall provide answers.
We also wish to know: are regional cultures in Canada much stronger than national culture? What kinds of identities do new Canadians bring to Canada? Why do some observers believe so strongly that the values and identities of new Canadians pose great threats to traditional Canadian values? If Canada is such a great country, why are Canadians not telling the rest of the world about their greatness?
All our replies shall come from examining the discourse of Canadian diplomats, politicians, historians, journalists, and university teachers who have ideas about the importance of Canadian history, problems of diverse Canadian identities, absence of Canadian heroes, the meaning of Canadian unity, weighing the damage of multiculturalism, and raising the Canadian voice around the world.