So, let's come back to today when we are proud to shout " I am Canadian" from the rooftops.
As the Heritage Canada website states, I am "proud of the nation we have built together over the last 145 years. Since the earliest days of our history, Canada has been a land of promise.
“We have built a society that celebrates achievement and excellence, while at the same time maintaining a strong respect for human rights.
“Our participation in Celebrate Canada activities brings us together, strengthens our communities, and helps us understand the significance of the citizenship we all share.”
All you need to do is look at the headlines from around the world - unrest and human atrocities, financial crises, drug cartel wars to realize that life in Canada is pretty darn good.
Canada is a country where human rights are not only respected, but built into law. It is a country that allows you to practice any religion you want, to marry anyone you want, and that forbids employers to refuse to hire you because you are female, too old or simply not good looking enough.
It is also a country where you can actively disagree with the government's policies, actions and laws as loudly and as publicly as you want, and where you can take the country to court if you disagree with some of its policies, actions or laws, One of the main protectors of these rights is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
"Can Do" Spirit
Canada is a country known for its "can do spirit", where people are willing to experiment and take risks in education, health research, business, science, agriculture and technology. It is a country where when someone says," Why are you doing that? It can't be done." people respond with,"Why not? It's worth a try." Canadians have brought basketball, the snowmobile, the zipper. insulin, penicillin, velcro, short wave radio, the Canada Arm and countless other things to world.I am sure we will bring more.
Health Care System
Canada is a country with a government health care system that treats the poor, the middle class and the wealthy in the same way. In Canada, getting proper health care is considered a right, not a privilege . In Canada, you can have a baby, get treated for cancer, undergo a heart, lung or kidney transplant or receive ongoing treatment for any number of chronic pre-existing conditions without being afraid of going deeply into debt. Of course, all Canadians would agree that our health care system is far from perfect, and does need some fixing, but we still have one of the best health systems in the world.
Canada is also a country that has one of the best education systems in the world, and which considers "learning" to be a lifelong activity. In Canada, students from kindergarden to grade 12 do not pay anything to get a top quality education that focuses on teaching critical thinking. University students here pay considerably lower fees than in the rest of the world, and can obtain scholarships, government grants and loans to help them pay for post- secondary education if they can't afford the fees themselves.
Canada is also a place where adults can go back to school for retraining in any kind of career or profession they want as often as they want up until the day they die. In fact, if they are over 65, they don't have to pay for any education.
Canada is one of the few countries in the world that offers free second language training (English as a second language, or French as a Second Language) to immigrants who do not speak English or French well enough to get a good job.
Becoming a land full of immigrants has also brought us a taste for food and music from other cultures. These days when someone asks me just what a typical Canadian meal is I have to laugh, and say it could be anything from spaghetti or sushi to pad thai or borscht. . Ethnic food has become so much part of our diet that samosas are now a staple at a pot luck meal.
Canada is synonymous with hockey and hockey is synonymous with Canada. When we were playing for the gold medal this past winter Olympics 26.5 million Canadians tuned into the game to watch it at some point. That’s 80% of the population. You don’t grow up in this country without appreciating what a great game hockey is. And if you feeling like expressing that you might not be a fan of such a majestic sport, that could be considered treason.
Crowd of 18,000 sings Canadian anthem Oh Canada at the gold medal hockey game at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Canada. Move the cursor to 1:16 minutes to get the song. The first part is simply cheering.
Oh Canada with lyrics
I could say a lot more, but I want to let a few others tell you why they love Canada
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