Posts Tagged ‘federation’

Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2008

Yes, July 1st is Canada’s Birthday as opposed to Independence Day here in the States.  They don’t call it Independence Day because they didn’t become totally dependent in their own right with all ties severed from England until 1982.  No, not a typo.  Who wants to celebrate partial independence?  Not me.  Hey, let’s call it a birthday so we can still have a national holiday!  Good idea, eh.

A slight Canadian history lesson is indeed needed, appropriately offered by a dual American-Canadian citizen…. ME.  The only reason I know anything about the history of Canada is because I went to college in British Columbia and took HIST 101: Canadian History for Dummies.  There I not only learned of the beaver’s importance to the nation, but I learned that Canada was actually going to be called a kingdom (you know, like Narnia, with lampposts and snow and beavers)….. but the rulers at the time didn’t desire to antagonize the US having just been through the Civil War, so settled on the title ‘Dominion.’   

It was July 1, 1867 when three British colonies joined forces into a federation following the 91-year-old bright idea of the settlers south of the border.  At that time the colonies were New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (home of the Crosbys), which are still provinces today, and the Province of Canada which split and became Ontario and Quebec. Voila!  The birth of a nation kingdom dominion.

Nuff said.  (I think I’ll have my kids read this.)

Hey, new bags are up at www.bagsforzaza.blogspot.com.  Check ’em out, eh.  Good day.