Another Thought on Canadian Identity

On Being Canadian… my thoughts

I feel very blessed to be born into this vast nation. We as Canadians take so much for granted. Being able to wake up every morning without fear of war on our streets, abundant opportunities to create and live whatever lifestyle we choose. We exercise freedom of speech, enjoy subsidized health care, and abundant rich natural resources. While we are labeled with various stereotypes, – maple syrup and beavers, Mounties and beer, we live in igloos, and Hockey is what we eat sleep and breathe… (admittedly we are  kind of proud of  some of these) … Canadians are a lot more than all that.  Canadians have much heart, and are a humble people. And mostly, we wouldn’t trade our citizenship for any other country in the world. I know I wouldn’t! 

And now, to quote from a Moslon Canadian Ad 

Average Joe, I am Canadian

Hey, I’m not a lumberjack, or a fur trader….
I don’t live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled….
and I don’t know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I’m certain they’re really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president.

I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it ‘about’, not ‘a boot’.

I can proudly sew my country’s flag on my backpack.

I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,

and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced ‘zed’ not ‘zee’, ‘zed’ !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass!

The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America

My name is Joe!!

And I am Canadian!!!

Debbie – Surrey BC

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