HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!
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|Mon, 07-01-2013 - 9:58am|
And in honour of this day-may I bestow upon each of you honourary Canadian Citizenship for today (& today only). It means you add a "U" to different words (see 'honour' above). It means you suddenly become more tolerant, regardless of your actual beliefs (Gay marriage has been the law here for years). It means that you glow with pride when you see the colours red & white (forget blue today)-& that without a thought for yourself, you grab what is needed & help total strangers-see Shirley's note about her daughter Christine. I'm not saying Americans aren't all of these-but that Canadians are known for these quiet traits.
We had a history of slavery-though it is kept much quieter than the American history of slavery. And it was abolished in a quieter, less war-like way. And when it was done, we provided shelter for those for our neighbours who could escape. Similarily-our break from Britain was quieter-I think by the time we decided it was time to become a country of our own governance-Britain was ready to let us go, almost like the younger sibling leaving home. From what I've read-there was more fuss about the need to leash dogs in England than to hang onto the part of North America that was to become Canada!
Officially we are a country of 2 languages-French & English. You can request either one in court or on paper & that need must be met. But we are also a country of immigrants-where many languages are spoken & people are welcomed from around the world. Most of our people live clustered along the border with USA-there are vast areas of land where the animals outnumber humans, where paved roads become gravel, become dirt-even become ice roads only traversed in Winter! Originally a railroad was built to connect this vast country-now of course, there are highways & air travel-but if you've ever flown over it, the geography is amazing to see.
Last evening we joined the neighbours for fireworks display-a time when our quiet national pride became rather noisy but it was fun. Today there will be fireworks in all the villages, towns & cities across the country-with a huge display in our Capital City-Ottawa. Throughout the country, there will be the national anthem played-sometimes with the RCMP in their red uniforms-sometimes with a band but most often just the people singing slightly off-key but with much enthusiasm. So today, I take great pride in annointing you all Canadian. Welcome to my beautiful land.