Happy Canada Day!
Our country turns 143 years old this week. If our 142nd year is any indication, Canada is really starting to come into its own.
In the last year, Canada has hosted several major international events. We claimed more gold medals than any other host nation when we hosted the Olympics this winter. We also talked some desperately needed common sense into international leaders a the G8 and G20 meetings in Ontario, convincing even the spending addicted United States to sign on to a plan to cut deficits in half in the coming years. Whether it’s the sacrifices our soldiers have made to bring some semblance of freedom to Afghanistan, or the development of the world largest untapped source of oil, Canada is certainly becoming known as a country that punches above its weight.
So, how can it be that our Head of State remains a old, rich lady who literally lives in a castle in another country?
Canada is its own country. We have a constitution. We have an army. We have defined borders. We have one of the largest economies on the planet. We are seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council. We contribute to and lead international aid and disaster relief programs. We serve as a model for how people of different cultures and coexist in peace.
Yet, we continue to be ruled by the Queen of England.
This doesn’t make sense. Either we believe in ourselves, or we don’t. Either we lead, or we don’t.
It’s time to grow up.