The American Cultural Invasion of Canada Essay

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The American Cultural Invasion of Canada

“ Canada 's national obsession seems to be its own identity.” For many years Canada has feared the increasing influence of its North American neighbors on its culture - the United States . It has become a matter of growing concern for the people of power and influence in Canada to maintain their separate cultural identity and to promote their own cultural norms. Gaetan Tremblay presents his views on this topic and does this from the perspective of a person living and working in Quebec.

Tremblay, keeping in mind that the two regions – Canada and the United States , share some aspects of a common cultural heritage; reminds the readers there is certainly a separately identifiable Canadian
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The Quebec government controls communications in its own territory to defend its own Quebecois culture which try to stand on its own, separate from the North American. The feature that creates this difference is the fact that they have a different language when compared to the rest of the continent. This generally makes it easier to protect their culture. Unlike the Canadian government, America on the other hand operates communication in a free trade environment just like any other commodity and is deeply committed to deregulation allowing free competition. Along with this, America also tries to pressurize its neighbors to follow the same pattern set by them. They do this because they are not insecure about their culture the way Canada or Quebec is. The American government does not force or intervene and make policies to encourage or promote their culture since they are well aware of the fact that their culture is taking over the continent and slowly seeping in to the media markets all over the world; therefore knowing that their cultural identity is far from danger. The broadcasting in America is so well established and technologically advanced that they do not fear to operate in free market conditions because they are the ones who are more likely to benefit from this. On the other hand Quebec and Canada are not yet ready to face the fierce competition from United States while struggling to maintain their own identities.

Tremblay sites example of how the
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