Examples Of Neoliberalism In Canada

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Office workers sit around a table as the camera pans down to an empty seat at the head of the table. A man stands by a water cooler at his office staring at his watch. He hears singing, “Alouette, gentille Alouette. Alouette je te plumerai .” The man is trapped in a bear trap. He turns to see two men paddling a canoe in the office singing the song. As he turns around one of the paddlers hits him in the head with what appears to be a club, but is actually a baguette. This is the beginning on the Kids in the Hall sketch entitled Trapper. This sketch appears in episode two season; two of the show. The sketch continues with the two canoeists paddling around the office with three more people trapped. As the canoeists approach them the three more…show more content…
The introduction of neoliberalism saw the end of the welfare state in Canada and the Kids in the Hall sketch demonstrates the reality of neoliberalism and engage in a sort of argument ad absurdum. To explain, the point of neoliberalism is to get away from a situation where everyone is taken care of and moves towards a state in which everyone takes care of themselves. The Trapper sketch takes this idea to a point of absurdity by having the two canoeists capture people violently and after knocking them out, or killing them, taking their jackets to trade. By doing this they show an understanding that in order to get ahead in the neoliberalism age people have to take part in activities they would otherwise not be associated…show more content…
In the 1960s and 70s Canada was experiencing an identity crisis as it tried to find its own identity free of British and American influence. It is clear today that Canada did not find what it was looking for and much of the country’s culture has been dominated by the United States. The use of the fur trader is something that appears to be a significant reference to this situation and acknowledging that in order to find Canada’s identity one has to look back to the age of the French, and Native American – even though they were not referenced in the clip for obvious reasons – fur traders. That is perhaps the only time in Canadian history when the country's culture was not dominated by outside powers. It is somewhat ironic however; since the Kids in the Hall were famous on both sides of the border and the character Buddy Cole has actually made appearances on American television on the Colbert Report during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to discuss the anti-gay laws in

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