Monday, July 4, 2011

The Heart of a Nation - a Commentary

Start and finish line, Terry Fox Run, Burnaby,...Image via Wikipedia

For a second day the duke and duchess have been wrapped

in a warm Canadian embrace in a country celebrating

 its 144th birthday and which has the British/Canadian crown at its heart.   

 Peter Hunt, BBC

I'm glad they are having a nice time but I find this statement arrogant.

It is as if the Brits lost interest in us when silk hats replaced hats made with beaver fur in the 1800s and haven't bothered to learn any of our history since then.

I could list a few of the millions of people and things that are at the heart of Canada, i.e., Terry Fox, the Unknown Soldier, Dieppe, Vimy Ridge, Poundmaker, Molly Brant, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Louis Riel, Champlain, Laura Secord, Tommy Douglas, Rocket Richard, Margaret Lawrence, the Rocky Mountains, the Chilcoot Pass, the Plains of Abraham, etc.,

but I wouldn't put the crown of England there.

Tradition, for better or for worse, has placed it at the head of our parliamentary system.

The heart of our country is a different matter.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great post -- love the distinction you made between HEAD and HEART!

The Episcopagan said...

Thanks, my riend.

Doug Jamieson said...

Well put.