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Finished reading BELONGING: The Paradox of Citizenship by Adrienne Clarkson.

This book comprises texts of the CBC-sponsored 2014 Massey Lectures delivered by Ms Clarkson, Canada's 26th Governor-General and former CBC journalist.

She argues that there needs to be a sense of belonging between the individual and society. She gives examples in ancient Greece, France, Bhutan and Canada.

She shows how Canada has distinguished itself over time as a unique, caring, forgiving, pluralistic/multicultural society. "We belong to each other in this country," she says.

Acknowledging that Canada still has flaws to straighten out, Ms Clarkson says immigrants must be prepared to accept the bad with the good when they arrive here.

Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship [CBC Massey Lectures)

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