I’m posting a day earlier than usual this week.
July 1st is Canada Day, a holiday that celebrates national pride, culture, and perhaps more importantly, the beginning of summer.
To commemorate, I thought I’d share a list of things that made me proud to be Canadian, but in retrospect, I feared a list might come across as a tad cliché and unimaginative. In an effort to alleviate eye-rolls and an increased bounce rate, adding a splash of controversy, like a shot of Frank’s Red Hot, seemed like a fitting method to spice things up. So I thought about brainstorming some negatives, things that annoyed me, intrinsic qualities I could do without – Mike’s roadmap to a better Canada.
Glowing tributes spewed forth unbridled, until I stopped to ponder the negatives. Progress slowed, thinking of those festering little one-offs we occasionally endure about the country we love. Eventually, a tidbit presented itself, one as recent as it is controversial, at least in my opinion.
Just this past month, our Federal Government, without input from the populace, fast-tracked legislation to change the words of our National Anthem.
Why, you ask?
Apparently, in 2016, singing the words ‘in all thy son’s command’ is offensive. The geniuses behind this landmark decision against oppressive ‘Old Canada’, successfully changed the derogatory line to read: ‘in all of us command’.
Excuse me, but that line doesn’t even make sense.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with gender equality, I fully support the ideal and understand its importance. After all, I’m outnumbered 2-1 in the household, 3-1 if you count the cat. What I take issue with is political correctness -yet again, overriding common sense. Unnecessary changes propagate a slippery slope scenario; a ‘what’s next, who’s offended now, how can we make it up to you’, vicious cycle.
If I were to hazard a guess, the word ‘God’ will be next on the anthem lyrics chopping block.
Political correctness gone awry.
But hold on a second, where exactly was I going with this post?
To my chagrin, I realized just in time that my ‘splash of controversy’ was overriding the intended premise, obliterating the positives in a flurry of unpatriotic rhetoric. The creative faucet of disparity had turned into a firehouse. Topics like over-taxation, immigration woes, the ridiculously high price of beer and spirits, overshadowed the good stuff, like back bacon, Maple Syrup and Niagara Falls (the good side).
I’m Canadian. We are tolerant, polite people who only fight when provoked –or when wearing skates.
And Canada’s a fantastic place to live.
This day is about appreciation, acknowledging our past and showing respect for a country envied across the world.
I stand on guard for thee.
To make amends on this day of celebration, and to positively promote our great nation, I leave you with some pearls of wisdom and a quip or two, from a few notorious Canucks. Their images reflect the passion of our heritage, the pride of the Maple Leaf, and the abundance Canadian life. It’s about more than Tim Hortons coffee, free health care and Bill Shatner.
I dedicate this post to the ‘True North Strong and Free’ (unless the exclusion of East, West and South from the lyrics is offensive).
Until next time,