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.
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.”
We 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?