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Liberals have been ridiculed by Chinese people for failing to recognize the century-old head tax that had to be paid by Chinese immigrants was a federal issue, which the Conservatives had already apologized for in Liberals were bluntly reminded that Prime Minister Stephen Harper also apologized for that. In It suggests, at their worst, such apologies can be misused to pander to various electoral groups. Identity politics describes the process by which minorities — including ethnic groups, aboriginals, religious organizations and in some cases women and homosexuals — sometimes demand greater respect, recognition and aid from society.

Key ethnic group leaders, such as S. Given the pressures, the B. It should perhaps come as no surprise that one key academic research paper on public apologies is titled Just Pretending. The paper explores the hypocrisy inherent in governments apologizing to minority groups, especially aboriginals, without introducing the reforms that could actually bring them long-term justice. Another important study of political apologies, led by Craig Blatz at the University of Waterloo, suggested yet more downsides to official displays of regret.

Indeed, white Canadians were more pleased than anyone with the apology. Go figure. But there was a more disturbing finding by the intrepid Waterloo team.


In other words, the researchers found this political apology and others may not have even accomplished the stated goal — which is to encourage members of a supposedly aggrieved minority to feel a more integral part of the wider community. If the discovery of the B. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.

But can apologies also be divisive? Miller, University of Saskatchewan: Canadian Journal of History "There is much to be learned from Melissa Noble's account of contemporary political apologies Added to basket. The Communist Manifesto. Friedrich Engels.

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