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Who better to be my first guest, than author Morgan Ashbury aka Cara Covington. She lives in Canada and today is the day they celebrate their Independence Day of sorts. Well, I will let her explain it to you.
Canada was signed into existence as country on July 1, in 1867, by the British Parliament (The British North America Act) and the law was given the Royal Nod by Queen Victoria. When I was little, our nation’s birthday was called “Dominion Day”. That was, of course, because at that time we were the Dominion of Canada.
Yes, I’m Canadian, but old enough to recall that growing up we were Canadians and British subjects. We had our own flag, sort of. It was called the Canadian Ensign, and it had the British Union Jack in the corner.
For my parents, Canadian equalled British and that was that.
There were always parades on July 1st, and we often attended the one in the city closest to us, Hamilton. What made the day all the more significant for me was the fact that my big brother’s birthday was also on July 1st.
He had me convinced at an early age that the parades were for him. I remain naive to this very day.
We Canadians tend to be more reserved in our displays of patriotism than you, our neighbors to the south—though we are slowly but surely getting over that and catching up.
Now of course, by another act of parliament—the Canadian Parliament this time—our constitution has been repatriated (April 17, 1982), we have the Maple Leaf as our flag, and July 1st is Canada Day.
We celebrate this holiday of nationhood much as you celebrate your Independence Day—with community parades and picnics, music and dancing, and of course, fireworks.
We don’t tend to celebrate our military on this day—that we do more on Remembrance Day (November 11th). But otherwise our celebrations are similar.
Our similarities are greater than our differences.
We are two nations celebrating our nationhood as free and open democracies, where rule of law and not rule of might are the order of the day. We travel each others’ highways and byways, speak each others’ languages, covet each others’ sporting trophies, and pay money to watch each others’ entertainers perform.
We come to each other’s aid in times of trouble.
I’ve made so many wonderful American friends since I’ve become published. Every time I cross the border and venture to another conference or convention or book fair, I’m greeted by readers and authors and welcomed into your presence, and into your hearts.
I often celebrate with you the birthday of your great nation, and even did so once in Philadelphia, at Independence Hall.
Thank you all for making this Cannuck a friend. Happy Birthday, and may God bless the United States of America.
Morgan Ashbury/Cara Covington