‘Canada’s Forgotten Independence Day’

Our neglect of our history being what it is, March 11 won’t signify much to most Canadians. It’s March 17 that gets all the notoriety and all the boozing. But while there’s no problem with raising a glass to the patron saint of Ireland, Tuesday’s date should be a greater day of celebration in this country.”

March 11, 1848, was the day when Canada’s united colonies got responsible government. You might go so far as to call it our independence day – the day real democracy arrived. Continue reading “‘Canada’s Forgotten Independence Day’”

‘nations’ Within A ‘Nation’

The folly of ‘nations’ within a ‘Nation’ has come home to roost, yet again. Most Canadians have a relatively full life, working, raising families, playing (mostly watching) sports, surfing the Net, etc. One thing most Canadians don’t spend time on is politics. However, disturbing changes to our nation are forcing Canadians to sit up and take notice.

One of the biggest factors in this awakening is the realization that our nation of Canada is now only one of several “nations” within our borders, with the other ‘nations’ also receiving special Constitutional powers. This has created a Constitutional rights hierarchy, rather than equal rights for all Canadians.

It began, of course, with the Quebecois “nation” and has spread like a virus, with new would-be aboriginal “nations” springing up in all corners of our land. Now, it’s even taboo in some circles to refer to Canada as “One Nation”:

“A ‘Parti Quebecois’ leadership candidate is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to retract comments he made referring to Canada as “one nation” in a Canada Day video message.

“Martine Ouellet says the message posted Friday on Trudeau’s official ‘Facebook’ page ignores Quebec’s heritage and status as a ‘nation’. Continue reading “‘nations’ Within A ‘Nation’”