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A worthy vision of Canada
« on: April 25, 2006, 08:10:12 »
For far too long, the "defining" measure of Canada and some Canadians has been "health care" and "I'm (we're) not Americans". The very narrow and shallow nature of these definitions may explain the disconnectedness most people actually feel about Canada. Here is a much more positive way of thinking about ourselves and our nation. Please share with your fellow Canadians:

Welcome to the fortieth edition of the Red Ensign Standard.  When this group was founded back in June of 2004, the enterprise seemed more than a little quixotic.  Canada’s collective memory of her rich heritage and worthy deeds had grown ever more distant and neglected by successive governments.  The Liberal Party was lethargic master of the land for eleven years, and seemingly redefined Canadian identity in a pastiche of tired old clichés: medicare, beer-commercial jingoism and ritual observation of a thirty-two-year old hockey game.  Our founder and former member inspired us to look beyond that – to see our country’s epic history, full of industry, courage and triumph.

“But Canada has also been about exploration and entrepreneurialism and optimism. Half this country is made up of Hudson's Bay territory itself granted in a charter to the oldest corporation in the world. It was trade that drove the voyageurs to find the next river or the next lake. It was trade that inspired the search for the elusive northwest passage (soon to be a reality if global warming finally pays off).

This country has also been a force for liberty. The third largest navy in the world fed Britain through the dark days of the Blitz and Hitler's north Atlantic wolf packs. This is the country that took Vimy Ridge and that stormed Juno Beach. Let's bring back that Canada.”

-- “Red Ensign Blogs”, Ghost of a flea, 26 June 2004.

Now under a new government, we see the glimmerings of heightened expectations and the sense that once again, deeds, not words, speak loudest for a nation’s character and resolve.

Dagny, this is not a battle over material goods. It's a moral crisis, the greatest the world has ever faced and the last. Our age is the climax of centuries of evil. We must put an end to it, once and for all, or perish - we, the men of the mind. It was our own guilt. We produced the wealth of the world - but we let our enemies write its moral code.