On Canada Day, What Does Humanity Have To Look Forward To? Not What Canada Represents

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July 1, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

Today is Canada Day, an annual fete in Canada to honour the birth of the country. In Ottawa, the capital, Canadians dress in the red and white of their country’s flag, set baseball caps with CANADA emblazoned across the front atop their heads, clutch mini Canadian flags in their hands, and make their way to the annual Parliament Hill spectacle, which features massive flags, marching soldiers, and Canadian war planes roaring overhead—the same ones that engaged in foreign bombing missions, including in Libya, where Canadian pilots quipped facetiously but accurately that they were al-Qaeda’s air force.

Canadians have been led to believe by the people who foster mindless patriotism that their country stands for peace, democracy, human rights and freedom. This is eye wash.

A Canada that embraced the commitments of Norman Bethune, who fought fascism in Spain, helped overcome feudalism and colonialism in China, and pioneered the fight for universal healthcare in Canada, might provide a model of a world that humanity could look forward to, in contrast to a Canada that hammers out arms deals with medieval tyrannies and whose pilots fly bombing missions for al-Qaeda. A Canada that embraced the commitments of Norman Bethune, who fought fascism in Spain, helped overcome feudalism and colonialism in…

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One Response to On Canada Day, What Does Humanity Have To Look Forward To? Not What Canada Represents

  1. beetleypete says:

    We know little about Canada here, to be honest. Although I have relatives living there, I have never been to the country. It is portrayed as partly loyal to the Queen of England still, yet also rebelliously French. Most of us see it as a part of the USA, waiting to be officially assimilated into its southern neighbour. It is a country that seems to follow others, never to lead. Almost not sure of its own identity.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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