Political Narratives

The past couple weeks in socials has been a particularly interesting time of discussion. Personally, I find politics very engaging and find them more exciting to learn about because I can see how this area of study directly relates too Canada today.  While I felt I had an acceptable amount of knowledge on the parties in Canada our discussions and researching has caused me to reconsider what I thought I knew as “fact.” Naturally most adolescents political beliefs centre around the ideas of adults around them. I have always considered myself to be an NDP voter because I identified their party narratives as socially based without ever really knowing or understanding their actual platform. After looking into it I’ve realized that voting is a lot more complicated then understanding whether a party is considered left wing or right wing.

From discussing party narratives in class I still consider myself to be an left wing voter but I have reconsidered why. The political narrative I find most important is investment in green energy sectors. This narrative covers both economic and geographic narratives and would be overall, extremely beneficial for Canada environmentally as well as Canadians economically. Investing in green energy like wind, solar and hydro creates over 7x more jobs per dollar invested when compared to investment in traditional energy sectors like oil and gas.  Not only would this be producing more jobs for Canadians therefor boosting our economy but green energy would be a mutually beneficial way of reducing Canada’s contribution to global environmental damage.

On the Green party website the climate crisis is addressed including the statement, “If left unchecked, the climate crisis will cost the world economy upwards of $7-trillion.” In my opinion this justifies the investments Canada would be making in green energy not to mention the gradual but substantial benefits it would yield economically.

I have really enjoyed discussing party narratives and political stances in class and these conversations have pushed me to reconsider my political beliefs.

Socials Political Cartoon

cartoon

First Nations in Canada have a history of being mistreated.  This political cartoon depicts Sir John A MacDonald pushing aside the First Nations as if they are children in order to succeed in his dream of the Canadian Pacific Railway. This is one example of many situations where First Nations have been mistreated in Canada. Between unfulfilled promises of government assistance and farming supplies for new land during the seven treaty negotiations; the injustice of residential schools and the constant discrimination and stereotyping that many First Nations still endure to this day. The continuous mistreatment of First Nations demonstrates the opinion that First Nations are less than ethnic majorities in Canada. A current event relating to this ongoing problem in Canada is the underfunding of education on First Nation reserves. Provincial schools are paid double the amount that on-reserve schools are paid for student tuition.  There are 518 on reserve schools in Canada and the Canadian federal government is not providing these schools with equal opportunity and there for treating First Nations in Canada as less than other Canadian citizens.

Socials 10 Midterm

socials midtermIn order to display my learning in Socials ten this semester and last semester in my Eminent Person Study I drew a mind map outlining the PLO’s I met and how I met them.

Further explanation below:

B4:

Described in great detail the changes and contributing factors that Canada experienced between 1815 and 1914 by referencing major points in Canadian Confederation like the 3 Conferences and the act of union. Shared and explained opinions on immigration and economic progress and detailed the plans and benefits of the Trans- Canada Railway.

B3:

Spoke about immigrations importance to Nova Scotia’s consistent growth, explained changes in minorities due to immigrations. Made connections to current events and brainstormed about religious, political and ethnic minorities.

A2:

Research skills developed while finding reliable links for both Eminent research and Canadian confederation role play. Organized resources into groupings of relevance for Canadians Confederation google document and gathered reliable information for researching purposes. Thorough researching skills shown in blog posts and in my overall understanding of Canadian confederation.

A1:

Discussed different points of view in Canada such as loyalists, mate, and French Canadians. Made connections to current events through newspaper and online articles and spent time discussing these inferences with family and classmates.

C1:

Described the evolution of responsible government by discussing and researching the Durham Report, Act of Union and the three Conferences. Spent time in class brainstorming and discussing these topics with classmates and showed understanding in final address and blog posts. Work can also be displayed in multiple pages of notes and in general understanding of events.

I feel overall I did a good job this semester of being engaged in classroom discussions and ensuring I had an indepth understanding of  all concepts and events we covered.  For the second half of this semester I need to work on my ability to engage on twitter and participate in more online activity. While I often discussed concepts at home with my family I was not as engaged  as I could have been with other students outside of the classroom.

The end of a chapter

The London Conference went well and I’m proud to say Canadian Confederation has been achieved. I am almost as excited to say that Joseph Howe returned to Canada defeated. As political enemies go Joseph Howe has been a stubborn one and I’m sure he will continue to be so. However, this defeat was a large one and it won’t be forgotten. My only regret is the loss of seats for Nova Scotia. I had to agree to a lesser number when weighed with the overall benefits of greater Canadian Union. I am excited by the prospects of the Trans- Cana Railway and the great benefits it will have on Nova Scotia.

My Final Address:

I would like to express my sincerest regrets on the sacrifice I had to make on the part of Nova Scotia. I promise you all that I bargained all I could to secure Nova Scotia the right number of seats while in London. But unfortunately, I had to relent in order to ensure our larger goal of Canadian confederation. Despite our smaller number of representative I must stress what a huge step we have taken as a country. Canada is an independent Dominion! We now have the ability to make our own decisions without England. Canadians can now control our country and our home without interference. Some of you may be unsure what the future might hold, but I assure you Canada has a bright future. The Trans- Canada railway will strengthen our economy and ensure immigration remains steady. Canada will flourish, Nova Scotia along with it. As a highly regarded doctor I have spent my life caring for people here in Nova Scotia, and I promise you I will not abandon this value now. Although we did not secure the desired number of seats, Nova Scotia will continue to grow and progress under my supervision. So let’s take this moment to revel in Canada’s success, and to appreciate all the good things to come.

Prior Blog Posts

http://emmap.talons43.ca/2015/03/22/pre-politics/

http://emmap.talons43.ca/2015/04/02/charles-tupper-1864/

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Charles Tupper 1864

The Charlottetown Conference was more successful than I expected. The upper and lower Canadians came as they had requested but much to our surprise they presented a strong cause for larger Union. Maritime union, while originally proposed to strengthen solely the Maritime colonies seems to have lesser benefits than Canadian confederation. As both a politician and a highly skilled and respected doctor I have confidence I can influence those within Nova Scotia of this positive change. In fact, with my own leadership combined with that of Lafonte and Baldwim we can make this change happen in Canada! The largest risk we are taking is our trading relationship with England . As a maritime colony I fear that Nova Scotia’s economy would feel a strong burden without the business we get from England. Despite this, I feel we can ultimately succeed in achieving Canadian confederation. It also doesn’t hurt that Nova Scotia is in a superior financial position compared to those in the interior of Canada. Another topic of discussion we plan to discuss further at our next conference is the Trans Canada railway. This has been brought up before but it might make up for some of the economic loss Canada might feel with the possible loss of England’s support. Despite the intricacies required in this transition I am confident Canada will come out stronger as a United nation. Currently, I have all the support and influence I might need during this time and the Conservative party in Nova Scotia remains powerful. I am in a prime position and I won’t give up until Canada is in the same position.

Pre Politics

I’m so happy to write that I have completed my studies at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. I am told I have a bright future as I am graduating MD and at the age of 22 I have already handled 116 obstetric cases. However proud I am to be graduating it will be strange to return to Nova Scotia after all my time here in Scotland. As nice as it will be to see my family I will miss it here. It will be interesting to once again live somewhere with so much potential for progress. It excites me to think the difference I might make in the medical field back in Nova Scotia. The colonies all have so much distance to cover in comparison to Scotland. Despite being young I am determined to contribute to the progress of such a young British Colony.

Sincerely,

Charles Tupper

May 1843

Understanding Confederation

http://canadahistory.com/sections/eras/confederation/Confederation.html

“July 1st, 1867 was the culmination of many dreams, much effort, considerable debate and a triumph of political compromise.”

Choosing a link to narrow in on was challenging when faced with the realization I understood little about Canadian Confederation. Rather than narrow in on a smaller piece right away I decided to learn as much as possible about the overall idea. I started out with the very informative link listed above which has broadened my knowledge of Canadian Confederation greatly.  After gaining a larger understanding of the overarching idea I was able to narrow into a topic that I was specifically interested in.

http://canadahistory.com/sections/eras/confederation/Fathers.html

^^^^^^                                                                                                                              above is the link to a resource on the Fathers of Confederation

The Fathers of Confederation are referred too several times in almost any article, resource or lesson on Canadian Confederation. It’s commonly understood they were a huge part in the push for confederation but how and why did this occur? Although the fathers of confederation are referenced often I realized I did not fully understand what impact they truly had on Canada.

“Without the action of these men, the union of the British colonies in North America would not have occurred.”

The Fathers of Confederation were the leading politicians from the British Colonies who .shared a common interested in forming a federalist system. There were three main conferences held in which politicians with interest in forming a Federal Union or a Confederation attended. At these conferences plans for confederation were both planned and debated. Although not all the colonies joined Canada at once the two tiers of Fathers of Confederation both had a huge impact on the future growth of Canada.

Values of a Modern Age

 

Where have we been:

Canadian culture has evolved greatly over the last several decades. As a fairly young western civilization (if we choose to ignore the centuries of cultural development that were mainly disposed of when Europeans came ashore) Canada hasn’t had a ton of time to develop cultural values that don’t originate in Europe. Despite this, over the last few decades our culture has blossomed into an extremely multicultural place. Due to lack of experience in other parts of Canada I will speak only for South, Western British Columbia but here; our culture has evolved into a place that values acceptance and diversity. Comparing this to the hostility and rejection shown towards many people of different race, religion or sexuality in the not so distant past our culture has evolved greatly. This is not to say that Canadians have completely altered our values and are now perfectly accepting 100% of the time, but when compared with the point of view of most Canadians a few decades ago our culture has greatly adapted our perspective on diversity.

 

Where are we going:  

I predict Canadian culture to continue growing in the same direction when it comes to diversity. One of the main aspects I expect to see growth in, is the acceptance of the different cultural norms that come with the immigration of people from countries all around the world. These people bring new insight and diversity to Canadian culture and at this time many of these values and traditions are not being recognized. I would expect a much slower acceptance of different religions due to religion being such a touchy topic around the world. Canadian culture is also heady towards an increasingly technology based way of life. Over the last decade alone people have completely altered their method for communication. This huge change in such a small amount of time shows potential for enormous growth. Unfortunately, the age of social media will undoubtedly come with many negatives although it’s hard to foresee each one at this time. Canadian culture has changed drastically over the last several decades and it’s indisputable that our culture will continue to evolve in the future.

Leadership 11- Challenges

1. How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation? I deal best with stressful situations by taking a step back and taking a minute for myself. This helps me calm down and can prevent a reaction I might regret. Taking even a small amount of time to relax helps me calm down and think about the best way to deal with a situation.

2. What should you do when you find yourself following a leader who is ineffective? How do you continue to add value?

When you are following an ineffective leader you should first express the importance of developing a solid relationship with your leader. After identifying your leaders strengths you can add value to these. Another way to add value is to introduce your leader to his/her weaknesses, this way the leader can find the right resources to develop these weaknesses.

3.  How can you determine what “hat” you need to wear in a given situation?

It’s important to change “hats” based on the surrounding environment. For example, you should change hats when dealing with a co-worker vs. a friend. You should also change hats depending on the situation such as a memorial vs. casual time spent with friends.

4. Do you tend to focus more energy on production or promotion?

I believe I tend to focus more on production. I take pride in hard work put into a group effort and find I spend most of my time focusing on this. For example, as a dancer I spend hours working on group dances where we tirelessly clean, practice and perform. This hard work is something I genuinely enjoy and I tend to focus more on this than the actual promotion of the dance or dancers.

5. How will you contribute to your committee’s success?

Contributing to my committee’s success does not mean I must take a main leadership role, but rather that I am a team player and that I pull my weight. Obviously as a committee member I will complete my own work to the best of my ability but to contribute to my committee’s success I will promote communication through conversation  which will lead to leadership shown throughout the committee.

6. What would you rather do see your own visions put into action and come to fruition, or help other fulfill theirs? Explain.

Naturally, I am inclined to develop and work on my own vision. This is human nature because people often find it more difficult to invest in a vision that is not their own. While I would prefer to work on my own vision I am able and happy to adapt to someone else’s vision.

7. In what way have you experienced the influence challenge?

I have experienced the influence challenge both as a leader and a follower. As a follower I am often inclined to follow the opinions or actions of a group member who is not the designated leader. This person usually displays great leadership skills which influence me to place trust in them. As a leader I have experienced the influence challenge when trying to share an opinion a leader might disagree with. In order to gain the support of a group I have to demonstrate that I am consistent, competent, caring and overall a trustworthy person. Only once I have gained the support of a group have I overcome the influence challenge.

Leadership 11- Myths

Below I share my perspective on the seven myths of leadership.

1.What unique skills do you have that you can pass on to others?

I am a strong communicator which is important in both a leading and following position. I don’t hesitate to communicate where I am in my work and am always honest whether I am struggling or exceling at my job. Not only am I able to communicate for myself but I also try to encourage communication throughout a committee or group to ensure success.

2 . How are you learning to lead? What opportunities do you currently have that could further develop your leadership skills?

Currently I am practicing leadership as a student teacher in two dance classes. As an appointed leader I am learning how to encourage and develop communication and trust in my class. I am also learning from my group work on my environmental study where we do not have an assigned leader so taking on a leadership role is much more delicate.

3. What prompts you to follow someone else?

I am prompted to follow someone initially based on authority but ultimately based on their personality traits that display leadership skills. I am drawn to follow people who are trustworthy, honest and hardworking because these qualities lead me to believe their actions and decisions will be smart ones.

4. What prompts you to consider another persons opinion?

I am prompted to consider another persons opinion when it is presented clearly and with a level head. In group situations decisions should be made with the opinions of all group members taken into account.  As a leader considering all opinions is essential and most leaders are more likely to do so when groups can contribute ideas calmly and efficiently.

5. Do you agree that when you move up in an organization, the weight of your responsibility increases? Explain.

When you move up in an organization your responsibilities certainly increase. Not only are you held accountable for your own work and decisions but you are also responsible to ensure the quality of work of those you supervise. This is a major responsibility considering you must inspire others to complete their work to the  best of their ability as well as manage your own work load.

6. What are you capable of achieving? What would reaching your potential look like?

I am capable of achieving high levels of work in whatever profession I pursue. No matter where I end up or what job I am executing my level of authority will not determine my capability. Just because I might not be the most senior leader does not mean I can’t take on leadership roles or execute a job beyond the expectations.

7. The reality for most people is that they will never be CEO. Does that mean they should just give up leading altogether?

Just because most people will not be head of an organization does not diminish the importance of possessing leadership skills. Leadership is not only necessary as a CEO but is applied at all levels of an organization. Leadership figures at all levels are essential to demonstrate work ethic and to actually execute work.

 

 

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