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Canada has no equivalent of the American Christian Right. In the first place, Canada is a much more secularized society than the United States. This is especially true in Quebec, where subsequent to the Quiet Revolution practising Catholics have become a minority. Even in English-speaking Canada, as sociological research has shown,1 church membership is drastically declining. Nor has Canada inherited a set of religious symbols that represent its national identity and express its mission in the world − using the language of sociologists, Canada has not inherited a civil religion.2 What follows from these facts is that religion is unable to play an important role in Canadian politics.

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