This chapter tracks long-standing differences between religious–political connections in Canada and in the United States, but also shows that the most recent Canadian federal elections seem to be moving closer to American patterns. It reminds readers that American configurations for religion and politics do not necessarily translate easily throughout the rest of the world. Over the last decades, Canadian society has moved in an American direction, by shifting markers of identity away from religious institutions and from inherited status and toward identity defined by personal choice, ethnicity, nationalism, lifestyle, and economic status.
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