It’s with an apology to Canada that I have to say yes, I did miss your national day. Wiki:
Frequently referred to as “Canada’s birthday”, particularly in the popular press, the occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867.
Canada became a kingdom in its own right on that date, but the British Parliament kept limited rights of political control over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982 when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.
What’s the state of play over there? Halls of Macadamia:
“Geez, Mrs Windsor… you’re looking awfully swell today”…
Speaking with reporters afterward, Mr. Ignatieff said the two “laughed a lot” over the course of a half hour.
“Any time you get a chance to meet the Queen, you say yes right away. I’ve met her before. She has a wonderful sense of the absurd. You have to in her job because she sees a lot of amusing things happen.”
Lemme see… dead Princess of Wales… husband with a roving eye… grandson playing Nazi dressup… Dutchess of York taking payoffs for media access… yes, Michael, that sounds like a barrel of monkeys to me.
Protect children but destroy childhood, make a fetish of equality but allow elites to impose their ways and rule our country. Claim to respect diversity but be horribly intolerant of anybody who resists the liberal status quo.
No. Many Canadians are tired of the twin monsters of materialism and decadence. They have had enough of public educators telling young people how to live but not how to read and write. Nor will they remain silent when told to do so by the princes of political correctness.
Sounds awfully like what’s happening in the U.S. and the UK. I looked at a Vancouver lady’s blog just now to see if there is a Canada Day post but to be fair, being feminist/liberal, there would not be. Let’s see – how about Tea and Margaritas? Nope. Hmmm – perhaps women don’t do Canada Day.
How about the left-wing Globe and Mail? They open with a poll, asking, “Do you think the country’s achievements so far in 2010 give special reason to wave the flag on Canada Day?” Not, “Are you proud of Canada,” or, “Should you wave the flag anyway?” – the G&M are inviting readers to slag off their country.
The results at least put paid to that. For example, there are Canadian soldiers dying for their country in 2010 – little thing but some patriots think it matters. And where do the G&M suggest you go that day to celebrate?
Lilith – the estrogen-heavy music festival started by Sarah McLachlan …
Ah yes. A bit of man-bashing on a National Day never goes astray.
So, what I get from all that is that the battleground is worldwide, not just in the UK or in the U.S.A. and the issues are exactly the same. Here’s a toast to Canada and hope you find yourself again, just as I hope we do and the Americans do.