The beaver, maple syrup and the maple leaf on a field of red a white.
They’re all stereotypical and quintessential symbols of Canada, but they are ones known to cause division.
Donald Wright, a professor at the University of New Brunswick, has written a book at this exact topic. It’s scheduled to be released later this year.
He said the flag should be a emblematic of national pride for everybody in Canada, but it’s not.
“The red and white maple leaf never resonated in Quebec,” he said. “As far as Quebec is concerned, they have their own flag and that’s actually called the Drapeau Nationale Du Québec.”
Through all his work and studies, Wright notes in terms of one symbol all Canadians are unified through and can identify with, there’s not one out there.
“I don’t think there’s a single symbol that unites Canadians unproblematically,” he said. “Think of the National Anthem, for example. You think, ‘Ok, we can all agree on that.’ But we have two national anthems. I can’t think of another country that was two national anthems.”
Wright acknowledges lingusitic and cultural issues do exist in Canadian symbols which can be expected. But, there’s not an East-West divide when it comes to the characteristics describing us as a country.