The country of choice
Will we still be
the Country of choice and still be Canada if we
continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries that
came to live in Canada because it is the Country of Choice????
Think about it ... All I have to say is, when will they do something
about MY RIGHTS?
I celebrate Christmas, but because it isn't celebrated by everyone, we
can no longer say Merry Christmas, now it has to be Season's Greetings. It's
not Christmas vacation, it's Winter Break. Isn't it amazing how
this winter break ALWAYS occurs over the Christmas holiday?
We've gone so far the other way, bent over backwards to not offend
anyone, that I am now being offended. But it seems that no one has a problem with
This says it all! This is an editorial written by a Canadian citizen,
published in a Canadian newspaper. He did quite a job; didn't he?
IMMIGRANTS, NOT CANADIANS, MUST ADAPT
of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some
individual or their culture. I'm not against immigration, nor do I hold a
grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Canada.
Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants of immigrants.
However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our
country, and apparently some born here, need to understand.
This idea of
dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Canadians, we have our
own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This
culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and
victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak
ENGLISH, not Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any
other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn
We are, in the main, Christians, not Buddhists, Muslims or Islamics because
Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and
this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on
the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider
another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our
If the Maple Leaf offends you, then you should seriously consider a move to
another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no
desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you
came from. This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle. Our government
gives every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you
every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining and
griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life,
I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Canadian
freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.
Became a confederation March 29, 1867
Scarlet maple leaves tumbling from the trees
as the snows approach, the cry of the loon from the wind ruffled
surface of an unnamed lake, trim grain elevators on the prairies
and neat fishing villages sheltered from Atlantic storms, polar bears in the arctic and
the Canada goose
on its long journey
south, all these are pieces of the brilliant mosaic that is
Red jacketed soldiers parade at the Citadel in Quebec City. In British Columbia Indians of the coast carve totem poles as their ancestors before them. On Ottawa's Parliament hill, the house of Commons debates the affairs of the nation.
Indians, Inuit, French and English laid Canada's foundations. Their descendants have been joined by people drawn from all over the world. Together they have made Canada what it is, respected for its freedom and tolerance and for its efforts to share its wealth and promote peace among nations.
The first use of Canada as an official name came in 1791 when the Province of Quebec was divided into the colonies of Upper and Lower Canada. In 1841, the two Canada's were again united under one name, the Province of Canada. At the time of Confederation, the new country assumed the name of Canada.
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.
O Canada was proclaimed our official national anthem July 1, 1980 by an act of parliament adopting the first verses of the English and French versions of the song. Before 1980 O Canada served as Canada's unofficial national anthem.
The beaver attained official status as an emblem of Canada on March 24,1975
The Maple leaf flag was raised for the first time on parliament hill on February 15,1965.
British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec New Brunswick Nova Scotia Newfoundland Prince Edward Island North West Territory Yukon Nunavut,
The White Man Took My Land Away?
40 years, with heart in hand trying hard to understand:
In Indian eyes. I've been a light "Guilty" cause my skin is white!
I didn't take your land away as I hear native people say.
Something happened and that's a crime, but that was long before my time.
Just who of you can cry despair, when not a one of you was there?
We all are victims of our race. with no control of what took place,
so what I say now might be crude, but I resent your attitude.
Life's not fair, I will agree. But see your own hypocrisy.
You tell of living off the land- how everything was made by hand.
You say that life was best by far, then brag about your latest car.
You claim the old ways were the best. or so you must have heard, I guess.
Then sit and tell it all to me while watching football on TV.
There's few of us (and let's not kid) who'd live as our ancestors did.
In modern clothes you've made your mark-Could you go back to wearing bark?
Is this not true hypocrisy, to live and dress the same as me,
to go and buy tupper ware and chrome, then cry, "Get out, It's not your home."
I'm fed up with trying to be sincere, to justify my being here-
Your sanctimonious act I doubt, I dare you now to hear me out.
In my bewildered guilty awe, I've heard you call me damn white squaw
and then proceed, in honeyed tone, "Betty, can I use your phone?
As for pollution, I've heard you claim, most of all, we're to blame.
(and yet I saw as there I strode, your garbage, too, beside the road)
This land will never be the same: we're mostly (but not all) to blame.
If white man's presence is so grim, why try so hard to be like him?
There's those of you who bitch and groan-with every word you run us down.
You want the goods we represent, yet blame us for your discontent.
You say you want the same as me-equal opportunity.
If you believe in what you say, then let's think (Equal All The Way)
Let's settle first the quest at hand, the ardent issue of this land.
Like you, this country I revere- like you I too was born here.
Next, so you'll be at a par with whites, let's drop the special fishing rights.
The baby bonus comes to you- You get the old age pension, too.
and so that bigots can't compare, you'll want no more of free health care.
Your parity you will enhance: The Feds can keep their native grants.
Equality is now at hand- I wonder if you understand?
Licenses to hunt and trap (really not a handicap)
You'll have to pay, just as the whites if you insist on equal rights.
Cameras, TVs, fast cars too-are white mans toys, to name a few-
You want them all and that's a fact-so why not pay the taxes, Mac?
It's for the souls long dead and gone-the ones who really lost their home.
The ones so hurt when white man came for them I humbly bear the shame.
I've said it all: I rest my case: I can now meet you face to face.
Recall this poem when next you say "The White Man Took My Land Away"
July 1st is Canada's Birthday so here is a little quiz to get those patriotic juices flowing
and to see how much you know about Canada.
1. Which animal is
an official emblem of Canada?
2. How many provinces and territories are there in Canada?
3. When did O Canada become the national anthem?
4. Who composed the music for O Canada?
5. How many designs did the 1964 Parliamentary Committee review before choosing the maple leaf for Canada's flag?
6. On what day was the maple leaf flag first raised on parliament Hill?
7. The maple leaf is a prominent Canadian symbol. On what coin does it appear?
8. What are Canada's official colors?
9. What is the origin of the name Canada?
10. What are the animal figures that stand on either side of the shield on the Arms of Canada?
Answers to Quiz
1) The beaver
(4) Calixa Lavallee
(6) February 15, 1965
(7) The penny
(8) White and red
(10) A lion and a unicorn
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