Happy Birthday Canada … 141 years young!

Today is a very special day. Today the country I truly love turns 141 years young. Yes, young! In perspective England was founded by Alfred the Great the first Anglo/Saxon King to style himself “King of English” in 871 AD! Other countries however are not that old. I suspect you would think Italy was a very old country since Rome was founded in 753 BC! It might interest you to know that Italy did not become a united country until 1861 which makes it just a couple of years older than Canada!

I can say that Canada has the BEST flag in the entire world! No doubt! It has a look unlike any other country. It has great meaning and is easily recognized around the world. It took many years to design and select this gorgeous flag. You can see all the others not selected by clicking here.

In 1992, Hank Gigandet came up with the idea of modifying it to have it recognize the French fact in Canada. After failed government attempts at ratifying the Canadian constitution with the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, Canada’s Francophone population (based predominantly in Quebec) felt a lack of recognition of its distinctness and fragility from the rest of the country.

Mr. Gigandet added inner blue stripes alongside each red stripe on the existing flag design. The size ratio of the blue to red stripe was 1 to 4, the blue representing the 25% population of French speaking Canadians. The newly created “Unity Flag” was a means of outwardly representing Canada’s linguistic duality.

The flag was first flown on Parliament Hill on October 24th, 1994, a full year before the Referendum and months before one was actually called. It was shown on the television program, “Ottawa Inside/Out” by CBC on October 30th, 1994. In 2003, the flag was renamed the “Canadian Duality Flag”. Some claim that it has the potential of becoming the next to represent Canada in the 21st century. More information on the Duality flag can be found at http://www.trcf.ca (what a crock of shit!)

Canada makes the BEST beer in the world and we have a great sense of humor!

After the success of this commercial they produced this one too …

And here’s another fun song that will tell you all about how Canada is the second largest country in the whole world … right behind Russian.

If you still need to laugh check out this funny beer commercial. Probably not a fair representation of our neighbors to the South …

Have a great day … I’m going back to painting …

“I’ve been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it.” – Stephen Wright


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