Happy Birthday Canada

Still young at 151!Some quotes past and present:

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

When I’m in Canada, I feel this is what the world should be like – Jane Fonda

Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. What unites us is far greater than what divides us – John F. Kennedy, 1961

When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms with me. I said, Well, what do you need? – Stephen Wright

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

Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad – Arnold Edinborough

Your majesty, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and Madame Houde thanks you from her bottom too
– Montreal Mayor Camillien Houde, in 1939 to King George VI


Happy Birthday Beautiful!

I’m talking about you, CANADA! 

Celebrate which ever way you see fit
Celebrate whichever way you see fit

You’ve got a lot going for you.  You’re still relatively young compared to your peers,  attractive in a natural sense, multi-cultural, well mannered, fairly safe place to live compared to most & as the second largest country in the world, you boast endless lakes and rivers, access to three oceans, and one of the few places in the world where you can ski, surf and play golf on the same day.

Here are a few other reasons to love you:

You have a lot of talent:

Funny mad men like Jim Carrey (below), Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Seth Rogan and Will Arnett. Just to name a few.  Hey, we are funny aren’t we?


Canadians make music that’s heard all over the world. Just to name a few – from Paul Anka to Justin Bieber, this country knows how to make music that sells. We’re well represented by such diverse artists as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Diana Krall, David Foster, Bryan Adams,  Alanis Morissette, Michael Buble, k.d. lang, Gordon Lightfoot, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Drake and Anne Murray.

And there’s always hockey, beer and let’s not forget about poutine.  I won’t talk about politics though (uggh!).

And we’re always very sorry.  I don’t know why politics? but we are a sorry lot.  I guess we have a lot to be sorry about ay?

Well I’m not sorry to be Canadian, having lived in three great cities (Montreal, Toronto & Vancouver) and travelled all over this country.  We have a lot to be proud of.

célébrations d’anniversaire heureux

Capital Hill - Ottawa
Capital Hill – Ottawa

July & August on the blog :  From now until the end of August I will post what I want when I want which could turn out to be every day, every other day or a few times a week. Just wanted to let you know in case I miss a day here and there.  S U M M E R T I M E