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Happy Canada Day

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Not everyone who reads this blog is Canadian. Not by a long shot. But for those of you who are, Happy Canada Day. Today, July 1, 2015, celebrates the Constitution Act of 1867.

Canada is a young country, especially since we were still quite British in 1867. But we are a great country. And I feel privileged and proud to call myself Canadian and to have been born in this country. The best years are ahead of us still.

As Pierre Elliott Trudeau once said (15th Prime Minister of Canada):

“The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness.”

Oftentimes I feel that many Canadians struggle with their sense of national identity and that we don’t have the same patriotism that our neighbors to the south have. (Some would say that’s a positive.)

But Canada actually feels incredibly distinct to me and I love this country. So I hope you are celebrating today. I’ll be celebrating with tacos and margaritas. What about you?

“There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”

-Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada, speaking of his Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1968-69 which had provisions for the decriminalization of homosexual acts between consenting adults, the legalization of contraception, abortion and lotteries.

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The lead-up to PET’s famous “Just watch me”.

The entire exchange is thoughtful and the journalist actually brought up a few points that hadn’t even occurred to me. 

This is what we’re missing with the Harper government– something that is not necessarily transparency, but the willingness to actually address the media and speak without the use of papers and notes.