The destiny of Canada is to unite, not divide

I had the day off so I decided to go to the Remembrance Day ceremony at Queen’s Park this morning. I was very affected by it. Even though I didn’t have a good spot in the crowd and had to strain to hear the speeches, the cannons firing, the war planes flying overhead and the icy cold rain driving into my forehead … it added up.

Anyway, I will leave you with this from Premier Wynne’s speech, a quote from Lester B. Pearson that I liked a lot:

“… we live together in confidence and cohesion; with more faith and pride in ourselves and less self-doubt and hesitation; strong in the conviction that the destiny of Canada is to unite, not divide; sharing in cooperation, not in separation or in conflict; respecting our past and welcoming our future.”

Sometimes I think it’s hard to define what it means to be a Canadian, this seems like a good start. Although I see some divisions in this country that trouble me (among others, Quebec’s proposed “Charter of Values” anyone?). I think we have to be really careful not to be complacent.

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