Dominion Day

Yes, yes, yes, I know it’s”Canada Day,” officially, since 1982, as part of our (unchanged since 1931) independence … but I still think “dominion” is a very good word to describe those sovereign states that share a common constitutional monarch. It was “Dominion Day” for most of my life, thus far, and it will always be the Dominion of Canada in my heart.

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Canada is not the biggest nor the richest nor the most powerful nation on earth … but it is, by any sensible measure, one of the best: it is in the top tier, one of the top 10 or top 10% by almost every measure that matters.

Canada, as I suggested yesterday, has problems ~ the COVID-19 pandemic is not, really, one of them. It is a minor, temporary irritant, at worst.  Our problem, I said, is that too many Canadians, especially “old stock” Canadians whose families have been here for centuries, share “a lack of belief in what Canada can be.”

Screen Shot 2020-05-25 at 07.47.36We are good by most measures, but we all know that we can be better. So Happy 153rd Birthday, Canada! I salute you, all Canadians on a job well done, but let’s try and be better still next year and the year after that and, and, and … shall we?

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