Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Birth Day 'O' Canada

Happy Birth Day ‘O’ Canada

With federal elections only a few months away,July 1st 2015 is going to mark Canada’s 148th anniversary with more excitement. ‘Canada Day’ being a federal statutory holiday, is celebrated throughout Canada with full fervour in recognition of the “July 1, 1867 enactment” of the British North Americas Act (BNA), also called “The Constitution Act, 1867.”

Historically speaking, the Canadian founders of confederation were the representatives of the British North America colonies who attended the three major conferences on Canadian confederation. Sir John A. Macdonald became the first Prime Minister of Canada on that day. Not only was he the ‘father of confederation,’ but he also drafted two-thirds of the provisions of the BNA creating the ‘Dominion of Canada.’ As a result, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain.

The four provinces were created from the former British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.

Currently, Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories. This Canadian national holiday was enacted in 1879 under the name “Dominion Day.” In fact, the formation of the union of provinces under a new country is the basis of Canada’s July 1 celebration each year. However, the ‘Dominion Day’ changed into ‘Canada Day’ onOctober 27, 1982.

The official lyrics “O Canada” were finalized in 1968 by a special joint committee of the Senate and House of Commons. This day also marks the anniversary of the officially proclaimed “O Canada” as national anthem. The Royal anthem plays ‘God Save The Queen’ at some festive locations celebrating Canada Day.

More exciting is the fact that Ottawa always welcomes Canadians from all across Canada who go to the national Capital to enjoy the specifically tailored festivities. This year again, thousands of Canadians are expected to congregate on the Parliament Hill to mark their country’s birthday.

The celebrations will be all over Canada; similarly, Surrey, BC has its own celebration features that include the world-class entertainment, great food, games and amusement rides, and indeed a spectacular fireworks finale.

Some people would celebrate the special day by joining BBQ parties and enjoying the fireworks all over the country.

Indeed, the event serves as a good bridge to facilitate Muslims to build ties with Canadians of other faiths. The international “mouth watering” food and dishes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, and Turkey would be made available. However, this year again the Canadian Muslims would have to wait till sunset to enjoy food. Adjusting a little is in respect of the sacred month of “pre-dawn to dusk” fasting.

Despite the insurmountable difficulty, a tolerance level among the members of multi-cultural society is a real blessing, as it has been playing a big role in promoting diversity in schools, work places, businesses and academic institutions. Of course, the credit goes to millions of motivated immigrants who kept building this nation to make Canada an attractive country to live peacefully.

Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians celebrate Canada Day in grand style in the nation’s capital flocking to Parliament Hill to join with the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Of course, the Canadians are entitled to celebrate their legacy, pride and opportunities.

Certainly, Canada Day unites all Canadians regardless of creed, culture or ethnicity; it help us understand the significance of the Canadian life.

Also, the celebrations take place in all other parts of the country. And, the 148th Happy Canada Day celebration in Surrey BC features: world class entertainment, great food, games & amusement rides, and a spectacular fireworks finale.

As the Canadian history reflects the wonderful diverse cultural races, the importance of celebrating Canada Day means a lot to all Canadians, certainly.

Beyond doubt, it brings us together, strengthens our communities, and helps us understand the significance of the Canadian life.

On the other hand, many people wonder if the government is really protecting the celebrating and the non celebrating Canadians:

Yes, Government is committed to protect Canadians at all costs, yet there are many unanswered questions:

For example, a new Ontario controversial curriculum regarding the sex education to the innocent minor children is unacceptable to people belonging to many faiths and the Muslim community is hardly hit indeed. What kind of protection is it?

Then, there are a couple of federal legislations that some Canadians are concerned about.

The bill C-24 has positives and negatives and “once a citizen always a citizen” is not true any longer, yet at the same time it will curb the abusers using consular services while living out of Canada;  this practice by the abusers is burdening heavily on the Canadian tax payers.

Next is bill C 51 which has already been made law, and the Liberals were on board as well.

Nevertheless, Mr Justin Trudeau (LIB) now maintains that he would seek changes in the act once in power. The Liberals would try to insert the sunset clause and the expiration date. No surety, let’s wait and see.

It boils down to one thing: The Canadians must be vigilant at election time to bring only honest candidates to the Parliament who are able to deliver and they would sincerely represent the Canadians. The voters need to come out and go to the polling stations with seriousness.

For happy “Canada Day” celebrations, Canadians and the government must be on one page, and the media should play its role without bias to promote love and affection among all.

Canada needs to protect its genuine citizens indiscriminately nationally while keeping its peace keeping role internationally. Long Live Canada!

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