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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Happy Canada Day

I hope everyone had a good long weekend and enjoyed Canada Day. Too often Canadians are apathetic about their nation, or we just don't announce to the world that we are proud to be Canadians, Canada Day is our day to do this.

July 1 1867 the Dominion of Canada became a confederation with the formation of the British North America Act. Although it has been amended several times it is still in place now as our constitutional document. This act essentially made us a sovereign nation and allowed us full legislative control. We broke from Britain rule peacefully and without incident. There was no revolution, no armed conflict, just the passing of a law, this is the Canadian way. Americans are proud of their freedom from Britain rule, as they should be, but we Canadians have just as much cause to be proud, we did what the Americans did through bloodshed without ever firing a single bullet.

Happy Birthday Canada, I know our national anthem is rarely sung, some may even have trouble with the lyrics, but here they are in case you feel the need to break our into song and see how many loyal Canadians stand at attention for the singing:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

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