City workers remove the red sheet before the removal of the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in Kingston, Ontario on Friday June 18, 2021.  Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press.

We are telling the wrong story about Canada

Anecdotes of oppression are the new national narrative—a story of Canada as a settler colonial nation, steeped in a racist history, whose people have been oppressed, and whose even ostensibly positive policies like official multiculturalism merely hide exclusionary tendencies. Patriotism has become politicized.