Happy Canada Day

It has become traditional for me to write a little something about the country that I love so much on it’s birthday each year, and that birthday is today. Sadly (or happily depending on who you are) I’m busy today as Joe and I fly across our great big country, headed for BC, so I’m copping out a little. You can still go back and read previous years,

there’s “Things to do on Canada Day” and “You know you’re a Canadian Knitter when….” then “Stuff you maybe didn’t know about us” (Clearly I didn’t work hard on that title.) Then “Canada A to Z” (and that’s “Zed” not “Zee”) and then last year, it was Random Stuff about Canada. This year, I give you:

Quotes about Canada

The Unanimous Voice of the Continent is “Canada must be ours…”

-John Adams (1776 )

The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us experience for the attack of Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent.

-Thomas Jefferson

Canadians are generally indistinguishable from Americans, and the surest way of telling the two apart is to make the observation to a Canadian.

Richard Staines

I think we are incredibly lucky here. We have this high standard of life, no big security problems, and I like Canadian society. I like this true openness to cultures and religions, which I think is basic to us; you don’t find it in other countries…

Sonja Bata,

The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.

-Pierre Elliott Trudeau

I don’t even know what street Canada is on.

– Al Capone

We’ll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us.

– Andy Barrie

A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe.

-Pierre Burton

Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.

– Pierre Trudeau

It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.

-Emily Carr

In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.

– Bill Clinton

In only a century and a quarter since Confederation, Canadians have shaped out of the North American wilderness one of the most privileged societies on the face of the earth. Ranking among the seven most prosperous nations in the world, Canada is rich not only in the abundance of our resources and the magnificence of our land, but also in the diversity and the character of our people. We have long been known as one of the most tolerant, progressive, innovative, caring and peaceful societies in existence.

-George Radwanski and Julia Luttrell

Happy Canada Day. It’s a great place to live, and I wouldn’t trade my citizenship for anything.