Tomorrow Friday 1 July is Canada Day # 155 making Canada one of the oldest country in the world. Most European country are either creations from 1870 or 1918 or 1945. Canada goes back to 1534 when Jacques Cartier arrived in what is today Canada looking for China. Then in 1608 Quebec City was founded, 1642 Montreal was founded, my ancestor arrived at Quebec City with his regiment in June 1662, some 360 years ago. The year 1759 marks a new page with the British taking possession of North America that was France. Responsible Elected Government begins first in Nova Scotia in January 1848, and later that year in the Province of Canada (Quebec-Ontario). It was then granted to PEI (in 1851), New Brunswick (in 1854). Canada enters into a confederation arrangement in 1867 and is seen as the modern creation of what is Canada today. So yes there is a lot of history prior to 1 July 1867 and afterwards to this day.
Having 6 time zones celebrations are very different from Province to Province. In Quebec it is officially moving day for some people. It is not as celebrated as 24 June which is now called La Fete Nationale du Québec with bonfires and open air concerts. Since 1982 the holiday we call Canada day has seen various celebrations, with fireworks, concerts, parties. Prior to 1982 it was called Dominion Day, Canada being a kingdom and it was low key, but with the referendum in Quebec on independence, the Federal Government felt it had to do something, so hence Canada Day. Now with the agenda of the Trudeau Government to remake the day, each province has invented new celebrations to include indigenous people. This is a very new idea and time will tell if it will be accepted. In Manitoba it has been renamed A New Day celebration, in British Columbia it is called Canada together. In PEI we are still celebrating Confederation but with less emphasis on the Fathers of Confederation and more on the people like the Acadians and the Mi’kmaq.
As for me, I am on BBQ duty at the Club and will enjoy my day with friends. I am just grateful that I live in a stable and peaceful country and that our lives are trouble free.
I think that in the end we all celebrate the way we want to in a very personal manner because Canada means different things to different people.
So Happy Canada Day to you all!