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“The Importance Of Canadian History,” Jared Milne, St-Albert, AB

I’m writing this on the morning of Canada Day 2014, thinking about all the fascinating things I’ve read about and seen, and all the people I’ve met. One thing I’ve come across is all the different parts of Canadian history I’ve studied, and how they’ve tied into many of the recent issues we’ve faced in Canada. Take, for instance, theRead More

“What Are Some Canadian Traits?,” Jared Milne, St-Albert, AB

I’m writing this on the morning of Canada Day, thinking about all the fascinating things I’ve read about and seen, and all the interesting people I’ve met. One thing I’ve come across over and over again is the question of what being Canadian even means-if you ask a dozen different people, you’ll get a dozen different answers. SomeRead More

«L’avenir est à ceux qui luttent,» Jacques Faucher, Gatineau, QC

Jean-Robert Gauthier a été rappelé à Dieu le 10 décembre 2009. Des voix éloquentes et nombreuses ont évoqué, notamment à travers les médias, les engagements de sa longue carrière publique au service de la population de notre pays tout entier. Pierre Bergeron a trouvé le ton juste dans son éditorial du Droit en le coiffant duRead More

“The Shifting Of Power, New Players And Old Challenges,” Jared Milne, St-Albert, AB

This past Canada Day, I was reflecting on some of the most interesting trends I’ve noticed over the last couple of years in Canadian politics. John Ibbitson has written about the collapse of what he calls the “Laurentian Consensus”, and the subsequent shift of political power to Western Canada, over and above the old consensus,Read More

«Le Québec au coeur de la francophonie canadienne,» Benoît Pelletier, Gatineau, QC

Au cours des dernières décennies, tant le peuple québécois que le peuple acadien et les communautés francophones de l’Ontario, de l’Ouest et du Nord canadien ont senti le besoin d’affirmer et de manifester ce qui les singularisait. Ce faisant, ils ont toutefois été amenés de part et d’autre à négliger à certains égards ce qui lesRead More

“A Rational Response to Sovereignty,” Tony Manera, Ottawa, ON

Although there is now a federalist provincial government in power in Quebec, the resurgence of support for the Bloc Quebecois and for sovereignty in Quebec have placed “National Unity” on the nation’s agenda in the current federal election campaign. Unfortunately, the issue of national unity is being used by leaders of the Read More

«Mon pays, l’unité dans la diversité,» Laurent Isabelle, Ottawa, ON

“Mon pays” de Gilles Vigneault me libère par ses pensées dansantes. “Mon pays, ce n’est pas un pays”, entonne-t-il, “c’est l’hiver”, chante-t-il. Mais pour moi Canadien-français: Fransaskois, Franco-ontarien par adoption; bilingue, d’abord d’expression française, pour qui le Québec seul n’est pas et ne saurait être seule saRead More

“Celebrate the North,” A. Lynden Evans, North Vancouver, B.C.

In the North there are no French or English, only Canadians. If you should touch down in Frobisher Bay and enter what passes for the airport lounge, you would hear a host of languages all of which you would understand, because each would be sprinkled with simple English or French phrases. The frigid ice and snow, theRead More

«Pourquoi je me bats pour le Canada,» Jon Legg, Ottawa, ON

Qu’est -ce je fais au clavier? L’éditeur de ce livre, en parlant aux membres du Conseil de Dialogue Canada, nous a conseillé d’écrire quelque chose qui vient « des tripes ». Je veux bien essayer, mais il faudrait que je me pose quelques questions d’abord. Qu’est-ce que je fais donc, à me préoccuper de l’unité du Canada, quand jeRead More

“Canada as seen through the eyes of foreigners,” Dennis Browne, Ottawa, ON

My wife and I have just retired following 31 years in Canada’s foreign service. I might as well say right up front that our experiences while representing Canada abroad have made us extremely proud to be Canadian and acutely aware of how lucky Canadians are. The challenge to us all, especially these days, is to recognize our goodRead More