i've only been a resident of canada for 1295 days and i'm proud to be here. i can't think of any better place to be at right in this very moment (oooohhhh....greek islands). so far, canada has been really good to me and my family. and living in edmonton has been swell.
i'm gonna share with you what the metro ran the other day. something from rick mercer that made me smile...
being canadian means being lucky. there are almost seven billion people in this planet and we make up around 33 million of them.
the odds of a random citizen on this earth being canadian is about half of one percent.
it's a long shot that delivers a hell of a jackpot.
a citizenship, that for most of us, cost nothing to acquire, but yet is our most prized possession.
being canadian means we have freedom of mobility. if you want to change your name to a symbol and move to british columbia - you wouldn't be the first, you won't be the last.
being canadian means we can worship whoever and however we want. which is why when we meet a member of the worldwide church of the raelians (who worship a holy trinity of UFOs, extraterrestrials and tantric sex), we shrug and say to each his own.
being canadian means that if your finger comes into contact with a band saw, you pop it in a plastic bag along with some ice, and it gets sewn back on for free.
being canadian means there is now a five-cent surcharge for shopping bags to encourage cloth bags. don't use this for a severed finger. in that case, pay the nickel and go with the plastic.
being canadian means we are each protected under the charter of rights and freedoms. in canada, harold can marry samantha, carol can marry johann, and achmed can make an honest man out of frank.
being canadian means you can vote. and when we do, governments come and governments go - and yet not a single shot is fired. which is appropriate because in our nation's capital, the canadian flag flies proudly over a tower that we named peace.
happy canada day!