Happy Birthday, to my home and native land.
Allow me to share with you some of the wonderful things that make Canada the place that I am so proud to call home.
I love that three distinct cultures came together and despite some bumps and bruises, they agreed (nearly harmoniously) to work together to create one big, beautiful nation. I love that we have, since then embraced numerous other cultures. I love to see the waves of smiling faces which have come eagerly from across the globe to call Canada home.
I love the fact that Canada continues to have growing pains, and questions about its cultural identity. This uncertainty means that we are committed to the idea of evolving. This means that we know that, good as we are now, there is room for improvement, and this means that there are still greater things to come.
Canada is not a stagnant nation. Canada forges ahead, rolling with the punches. We are a young country, and we have yet much growing to do. Compared to the European nations, we are the acne-ridden teenagers of the world stage. We have perhaps not yet developed the full confidence and swagger of early adult-hood, but we do have the ambition and idealistic ambitions of youth. We are also far from the placid ennui, and shrug-it off mentality of middle-age.
Despite our tender age, we are a country that is much admired and lauded around the world. I'm going to quote a Briton today, in honour of Canada Day. Sir Winston Churchill stated:
"There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people."