First of all, July 1st, to me, is not Canada Day; it is Dominion Day, the anniversary of the day on which Canada became a Dominion – a country.
Secondly, that country is gone.
What do the citizens of a country do on the anniversary of their country’s founding? They celebrate its values, its heritage, the things that they have been told from childhood constitute their country’s identity, things that they hope will live on after they are gone.
I can not do that for the simple reason that Lester Pearson and Pierre Elliot Trudeau changed all that. Between them, they rewrote Canada’s “identity” into something that I do not recognize. They changed everything that I thought of as Canadian.
They changed the name of the country itself from “The Dominion of Canada” to simply “Canada”.
They changed the name of our national holiday from “Dominion Day” to “Canada Day”.
They degraded the Monarchy, pretending that the Governor General, usually a failed politician, was head of state rather than the Queen, as stated in the constitution.
They saddled us with a Charter of so-called Rights and Freedoms that is actually the charter of political correctness, dealing a severe blow to freedom of speech (making it subservient to some people’s “right” not to be offended) and other real rights and freedoms that were part of our British Heritage.
They changed our system of law, making our system based on British Common Law subservient to the Charter and closer to the French system.
They changed our system of weights and measures from the British Imperial system to the French metric system, even though our largest trading partner still uses feet and pounds.
Our language policy was changed so that French was forced on every province except Quebec which all but outlawed English.
Our cultural policy was changed from favouring Canada’s heritage – any sane country takes that approach – to the relativism of official multiculturalism in a way that degraded our own heritage, especially its British component, to which it has become positively hostile (In Ontario, for instance, the teaching of British History was made illegal).
The courts were supplemented by star chamber like Human Rights Commissions in which the normal protections of law do not apply to the accused.
I could go on, but I don’t have the heart.
Sorry, but I cannot buy into this new “Canada”. I cannot pretend that the traditions I was taught have been replaced by these new “traditions”. And I would be insane to even try because I have learned something about “traditions” in the process: they can be changed at the whim of the people whom Shakespeare called “vile politicians”. And if I somehow did manage that act of insanity, who is to say that they, too, would not be changed somewhere down the road.
I no longer think of myself as Canadian because the traditions I was brought up with have changed into something unrecognizable to me, as if I had moved to a foreign country.
Happy Dominion Day, all.