There’s a tempest-in-a-teacup going on up north about should Canada Day be celebrated or be a day of repentance, sackcloth, and ashes. For . . . um . . . doing things that the US, Australia, and others did because at the time it was a good idea and helped people in the long run. Among other terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad things. That completely miss all the very good things in Canadian history, and how much good Canada and Canadian people have brought into the world.
Canada is a beautiful place, with a fascinating history. Yes, it has problems. No, it is not perfect. The national anthem is as hard to sing as is the “Star Spangled Banner,” except that the Canadians start by weeding out most musicians in the first three measures instead of waiting.
Happy Canada Day! Here’s to our neighbor in the north, and here’s hoping that things improve and that Canada returns to being one of the beacons of freedom in the world.