Thursday, July 06, 2006

PM Harper's meeting with President Bush

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's meetings with President Bush, including a joint press conference, seems to have been largely overlooked by the U.S. news media. It certainly has NOT been ignored in Canada.....

Happy Birthday, President Bush!

Born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, today mark's George W. Bush's 60th birthday. In simple words: Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Canada Day 2006

Saturday, July 1, 2006 marked 139 years of the formation of Canada's Federal Government. Note my emphasis here: Canada as a nation existed before July 1, 1867, but there doesn't seem to be a cut-and-dried date at which Canada declared itself as happened in the American Colonies on July 4, 1776. Perhaps Canadians would consider the September 1864 Charlottetown Conference as being their time of officially obtaining the spirit, if not the legal substance, of nationhood.

It's worth noting that while Americans observe Independence Day as being the birth of the United States as a nation, the actual implementation of the United States Federal Government as we know it did not actually occur until the adoption of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, and the effective date of the U.S. Government actually being March 4, 1789.

On Canada Day 2006, yours truly traveled early in the morning from the Seattle area to a few Canada Day observances in the British Columbia Lower Mainland. I have particularly fond memories of visiting Ladner, B.C.'s small-scale ceremony including a fascinating "match the picture with the historic person/event" contest in the Ladner Historical Museum, as well as visiting a well-attended Canada Day event at Diefenbaker Park in Tsawwassen, B.C., just fifty metres away from the U.S. border crossing into Point Roberts.

Worth noting was Stompin' Tom Connors' Canada Day special in the evening, carried on CTV instead of the "public broadcaster" CBC. Fortunately as Samantha and I were traveling about in my car, we had a 5" B&W portable TV and were able to listen to Stompin' Tom's music.

One hopes that Canadians gain a stronger appreciation of their wonderful nation, and do not take it for granted. God bless you, Canada!