What It Means To Be a Canadian

One of my friends just sent this to me via email and I had to post it on my blog.  It’s very true and, like all other Canadians, I suppose it makes me even more proud to live in and belong to such a fantastic country.

An Australian Definition of a Canadian In case anyone asks you who a Canadian is . . . You probably missed it in the local news, but there was a report that someone in Pakistan had advertised in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed a Canadian – any Canadian. An Australian dentist wrote the following editorial to help define what a Canadian is, so they would know one when they found one.

“A Canadian can be English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. A Canadian can be Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani or Afghan. A Canadian may also be a Cree, Métis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Sioux, or one of the many other tribes known as native Canadians. A Canadian’s religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or none. In fact, there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan . The key difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each of them chooses. Whether they have a religion or no religion, each Canadian ultimately answers only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God. A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which recognize the right of each person to the pursuit of happiness. A Canadian is generous and Canadians have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. Canadians welcome the best of everything, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services and the best minds. But they also welcome the least – the oppressed, the outcast and the rejected. These are the people who built Canada . You can try to kill a Canadian if you must as other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world have tried but in doing so you could just be killing a relative or a neighbour. This is because Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian. Please keep this going! Pass this around the World. Then pass it around again. It says it all, for all of us. ‘Keep your stick on the ice’.”

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It’s funny really.  I was just reading Jasmine Star’s blog a few minutes ago and laughing about how she was singing the American national anthem while she packed for a trip to Florida.  I posted a comment about how we Canadians are more the strong, silent type of patriots and how we don’t get overly enthusiastic about our national anthem (as the Americans do).  I find it ironic how the above description kind of made me want to stand up and start singing our national anthem at the top of my lungs.

Happy Thursday, my fellow mishmash of Canadians! Good on ya.

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