EDITORIAL: Time to celebrate Canada

EDITORIAL: Time to celebrate Canada

So with all these positive global reviews, why is it that some Canadians are lackadaisical about celebrating our home?

Are you proud to be Canadian? You should be.

Today we celebrate the 149th birthday of this great country and make no mistake, Canada is pretty great.

From our natural beauty to our industry, arts and culture to relative economic stability (as compared to many other countries in the world) Canada seems to have it all.

Despite claims by Americans, Canada is a true home of the free. Our country has a positive world-wide reputation for political rights, civil liberties and freedom in general.

In fact, the rest of the world sees Canada as a great place to live.

The inaugural “Best Countries” report – revealed earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland – named  Canada as the second-best country in the world to live in, just behind Germany. The U.S. finished fourth.

So with all these positive global reviews, why is it that some Canadians are lackadaisical about celebrating our home?

Let’s face it, America’s gusto for the Fourth of July is clearly more enthusiastic and ingrained into their culture.

Are we just too humble about our own successes?

Whatever the reason, it’s time we took more pride in ourselves and started looking at our country through the eyes of the world.

Here in Mission, Fraser River Heritage Park is the site for our Canada Day festivities. Put on your red shirt, grab a Canadian flag and sing the national anthem – new words or old words, it’s your choice.

Let’s show enough pride and make enough noise so the world knows how proud we are.

Happy Canada Day.