So here we are in Quebec, Kamouraska country, with me chasing around after my 17th-century Quebecois ancestors. Sheena shot these pix. Are we having fun yet? You betcha! Because also we are celebrating WAKE-UP-TO-CANADA DAY! Whole-heartedly. Unreservedly. Even, dare I say it, unapologetically.
Of course we Canadians face a myriad of concerning issues, starting perhaps with climate change. You know what the others are. Russia invading Ukraine. China seeking global domination. These and a few other issues dominate newspapers and talk shows day after day after day. Shall I be honest? Taken all together, I say they merit 20-25 per cent of our attention, worry, and concern.
Wait, what? Yup. I for one am devoting 75 to 80 per cent of my concern to a single, over-riding issue: I AM ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES! The fantastical over-turning of women’s rights is the latest flashing sign. So many Republicans still defending Donald Trump? But here is the catch: when the U.S. goes full-blown totalitarian, what happens to Canada? Remember the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny? The Nazis imported the idea and called it Lebensraum. Then they invaded France.
Call me crazy – a wild-eyed, raving lunatic. But I see this political, social and cultural entity we call CANADA as the only thing we have standing between us and occupation. So, yeah: I am eating my ice cream. I am celebrating this country like mad. HAPPY WAKE-UP-TO-CANADA-DAY!