Today is a day for each of us to pause for a moment and reflect on who we are as a nation, who we are as Canadians.
In the world of nations, there is something truly special about Canada, “our home and native land.”
- We are a spacious country blessed with an overwhelming abundance of God-given, natural resources.
- We are a freedom-loving nation blessed with a heritage of boldly standing up and sacrificing for the right.
- We are a nation blessed with incredible natural beauty from sea to sea to sea.
- We are a country blessed with the gift of democracy, self-government, and precious individual freedoms of religion, assembly, speech and conscience handed down from our forefathers.
- We are a peace-loving nation blessed with a tradition of solving disputes through lawful means and not the barrel of a gun.
- We are a diverse country blessed with a heritage that welcomed our ancestors and continues to embrace the stranger, the immigrant, the refugee.
- We are a country that has blessed the world with its achievements: peacekeeping, penicillin, AC radio, zipper, lacrosse and ice hockey, basketball, insulin, electron microscope, pacemaker, prosthetic hand, snowmobile, Imax, jetliner, standard time, wireless radio, canola, plexiglass, Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach, egg carton, peanut butter, telephone, walkie talkie, electric wheelchair, discovery of insulin and the stem cell, and of course trivial pursuit.
- We are a nation that has acknowledged its sometimes sordid history of discrimination towards our indigenous people and seeks reconciliation.
- We are a caring and compassionate country whose publicly-funded social programs make our country more liveable for hundreds of thousands of needy citizens each year.
- We are a country with a commendable level of citizen participation and volunteering. We are a charitable people. We have a top-drawer education system, a stable banking environment, one of the world’s most actuarially-sound public pension plans. We are a nation blessed with a low index of public and business corruption.
- We are Canada. We are not perfect. But we are a nation like none other on earth … a beacon of hope, an exemplar of civility, a model of freedom, an icon of diversity.
On this Canada Day, take a moment and reflect with gratitude to God on what we have been given as a nation. Take another moment and respond to God’s injunction to pray for our leaders. Take a further moment and recommit yourself to love your Canadian neighbour, to seek the common good of our communities by participating in our civic life, and above all to pray that God’s kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy would come to people everywhere across this great land.
“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way,
free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong,
or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of
freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”
Prime Minister John Diefenbaker
God keep our land glorious and free.