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The Canadian identity is truly unique among national identities Canadians are black white brown or yellow skinned people Our Immigration Act of 1978 opened the doors for high-skilled people from other countries to come to Canada making Canada a mosaic of languages cultures and religions We are as diverse in appearance as in the jobs we do We are farmers fishermen businessmen teachers lawyers construction workers and even unemployed Pierre Trudeau saw the Canadian identity as forming a Just Society where all Canadians are equal To develop our Canadian culture we formed CBC radio and TV stations In 1971 CanCon forced Canadian stations to use 30 Canadian content in their programming We have films and record companies producing Canadian content programs We have laws helping to protect and foster the development of our Canadian identity To be Canadian means we can enjoy the rights and freedoms as guaranteed under the Charter of Rights We live in a free democratic society We enjoy the freedom of expression In many other countries its peoples are not allowed to express their political or religious views Here in Canada we have this freedom We also enjoy the freedom of choice of products We have the choice of many domestic and foreign products Our borders are open to allow these products to come to Canada As a Canadian we also enjoy many social programs We have the Old Age Pension and the Canada pension These programs are aimed at supporting our senior Canadians after their retirement We also benefit from Employment Insurance to assist people while between jobs Young families are given some assistance if their income warrants it We have a universal Medi-care program to guarantee equal medical care regardless of ones income Such programs are the envy of many other countries who do not protect its citizens as we do We are a country rich in both natural resources
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