June 29 , 2010



Expert available to comment on Canada Day and our sense of national identity


Hamilton, Ont. June 29, 2010With the G20 and G8 Summits now over, this country will turn its attention to Canada Day celebrations—a day which always raises questions about what makes us Canadian.

Philip Savage, professor of communication studies & multimedia at McMaster University, believes the question will never be resolved, but the ongoing and evolving debate is exactly what it means to be Canadian.


“Take the World Cup for example,” he explains.  “People fly the flags of their countries, or the countries they associate with, as well as the Canadian flag.  And it becomes a celebration of diversity.  It’s a perfect illustration of our willingness to celebrate the fact that we are a mix of so many different nationalities—hundreds really—and it is quite astounding.”

To arrange an interview with Philip Savage, please contact him at savagep@mcmaster.ca




For more information, please contact:


Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager, Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140, ext. 22869