Top 10 Reasons To Love CANADA

O Canada!We Canadians love our health care and hockey. And don't keep us from our Second Cup coffee -- preferably with croissants and butter tarts. From the rolling Atlantic to the Rocky Mountains, we boast about our hearty multiculturalism and polite people.

There are many things that make us proud to living in the True North Strong And Free, including our crazy Canadian weather. Sure, we complain about it, but we love the diversity of the 4 seasons - from the beautifully coloured leaves in the fall, to our winter festivals in the snow, to the cherry blossoms in spring and lakeside vacations in the summer.

In a nutshell: we've kept our national health care program (we promise you won't lose your home or all your wordly possessions if you get sick), we've kept guns under control (and our crime rate down), we stayed out of Iraq, we've kept religion out of the classroom (and out of politics), we remain on good terms with our European friends overseas (and foreign relations in general), we sent peacekeeping troops to Afghanistan, and we have two official languages....

Vive le différence, as they say! :-)

This is only a partial list of all the great things to love about this country, so feel free to add to this discussion!

"Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die."
~Pierre Elliott Trudeau

1. Health care
We promise you won't lose your home or all your wordly possessions if you get sick. Barbara White of Barrie, Ont. said it best: "Having a husband diagnosed with cancer at 33 and, 10 years later, still waking up beside him and watching our children grow together makes me thankful every day that I am a Canadian. I have not had to get a second or third job, still have a house without having to sell it all in order to pay medical bills!"

2. Freedom
We're overwhelmingly grateful for our individual freedoms:  political, speech and religion; for our nation's independence and democracy, and for our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

3. Canadian Multiculturalism
Our capacity for tolerance, change and recognition of our unique and diverse multicultural communities and backgrounds. The recognition that English and French are the official languages of Canada.  You hear it all across Canada (but even moreso in Montreal); bilingual and multilingual teens speaking French or English, then switching to the second language - or to Arabic, or Spanish - in mid-phrase to make a point. I love the fact that my kids can switch as easily to French, or Spanish, as they converse in their mother tongue. In socio-linguistics it's called code switching and it's now part of our daily conversations. 

4. Our Global Identity
We have a rich heritage and vital cross-border trade (number one trading partner) with our neighbours to the south. Canadians are loved and respected by European and global nations around the world.

7. Hockey
CBC Hockey Night in Canada. Love it or hate it, it's ours. We invented it - both women's and men's teams. 

8. Our Money
It's bright, it's colourful, it's distinctive; and it's unique. You'll never mistake a loonie for a twoonie, or 10$ for a 20$.

9. The Canadian Mosaic
From the Atlantic shores to Quebec's Joie de Vivre, through to the vast prairie landscapes, to our rugged and majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains and our Pacific shores to the rugged landscape of the Yukon & Nunavut Territories - our home and native landscape is as rich and diverse in landscape as our peoples and communties that inhabit them.

10. Canadian Spelling
It's all about the letter "U" - as in "colourful", not colorful.  Favourite and humour - not favorite and humor.  A special mention for the letter Z (zed), not Zee.


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