Conditional Love (See Under: Nationalism-Canada)

Ardele Lister

1997, 60:00 minutes, colour, English


"Conditional Love (See Under: Nationalism-Canada)" features a personal narrative intercut with home movies, a reading by the poet Robin Blaser, interviews ranging from a heart to heart with Robert MacNeil, to on the street encounters at Canada Day celebrations north and south of the border, "from sea to sea"*. "There is no meta-narrative" Lister says in the tape, "or as Yeats once wrote, 'the centre cannot hold.'" Does this lack of a traditional nationalist ideology in a decentred Canada become a model for a working post modern country, a 'new notion of a nation'?

*Canada's motto in Latin, ad mare usque as mare

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