|Canada Day fireworks at Canada Place, Vancouver. B.C.|
I don't want to say that Canadians didn't consider themselves lucky to live here before the Olympics.
It's just that we were never the kind of people who put up flag poles in front of our houses, or who constantly told everyone we met what a great country we lived in, and how much we loved it.
After all, we had a reputation to maintain. We were the polite, friendly, reserved Canadians who didn't like making a big fuss, and who preferred to keep a low profile.
The flashiest bit of patriotism we ever displayed was in a beer commercial called "the rant." This commercial emphatically told the world what a Canadian was AND wasn't. It was incredibly popular for while because it showed us as loud and proud Canadians. Unfortunately it was quickly forgotten as soon as it stopped being shown on television.
Not only will you hear people sing the national anthem at the top of their lungs, you will also see folk of all sizes, colour, and cultural backgrounds wearing Canada's red maple leaf flag on their heads, their clothing and even their bodies. And what a glorious sight that will be!
As the Canadian Heritage 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.
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."
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 kindergarten 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. Do you know any other country that does this?
And then there's the food......
Ethnic food has become so much part of our diet that samosas are now a staple dish at a pot luck meal. Every supermarket in our larger cities carry ingredients (including fresh vegetables and herbs) for meals from 20 or 30 different countries - especially Asian countries. Eight out of 10 Canadians eat rice up to five times a week.
Of course, all of this doesn't mean we are perfect. We aren't. Tensions still exist between people of different cultures and there are still gaps that need to be bridged, but for most of us, the desire and the willingness is there. We simply have to act on it a little more quickly.
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 tell people that you aren't a fan, your words could be considered treason
A Joyful Canadian Anthem
Move the cursor to 1:16 minutes to get the song. The first part is simply cheering
The original Canadian Film Board version of O Canada " With Glowing Hearts" from 1979
One of the most beloved renditions of the Canadian national anthem "O Canada" committed to film, "With Glowing Hearts" (the actual film title) was wonderfully edited together from existing National Film Board footage and first seen in 1979. In addition to being used by television stations across the country for sign-off messages the film was also shown in theatres.
Click here for a version of O Canada with lyrics
25 Reasons Canada Rocks
|25 Reasons Canada Rocks ( Huffington Post)|
49 More Reasons You Love Canada
More Detailed Articles about Why People Love Canada
- Defining Moments: What It Truly Means to be a Canadian People give vague answers ab out this question. The truth is, what it means to be Canadian is different for each and every one of us. And so, Macleans asked Canadians to share their Defining Canadian Moments. Here are a selection of their stories.
- We Could Charm the Pants Off a Moose by Ashley Peoples Oh, you're Canadian! Canadians are so nice!"Yes, yes we are. Keep thinking that world -- but that's not all we are. We are talented, and disciplined and personable, and easy-going and really, just good at life. I love Canada and it's super nice people because while non-Canadians are thinking, "Isn't that cute how she says aboot and pardon mand pardon me," we are busy getting exactly what we want. (continued in Huffington Post)
- Here I Can Question My Own Faith by Farzana-Hassan I am a Canadian Muslim woman and have had the privilege of calling Canada my home since 1984. The opportunities I've been given from this beautiful country far outnumber the minor challenges I faced during my early years here. continued in the Huffington Post
- Top Ten Reasons I Love Canada (a great read by an French immigrant whose blog is full of useful and entertaining information for immigrants about Canada - continued in correresmidestino
- We Tickle Your Funny Bone Canada is a funny place. I mean "funny - ha ha", not "funny - sheesh." Everyone, everywhere, loves to laugh...Add laughter and that's the perfect date. We may not love to laugh any more than anyone else, but I think we may laugh more. Canadians are funny and they like funny. It's how we see ourselves and how others see us.
Here are a few more posts filled with reasons people love Canada. They are all worth a read.
- Our Popular Last Names are Smith, Singh, Ng or Lee by Avrun Rosenberg
- The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Why I Love Canada by by Tess Wixted
- We're An Ethnic Hodge Podge by Azachary Kuehner
- We Are Leaders in Health by Jason Tetro
- Our Cup of Red Rose Tea is Half Full by Lori Guard
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