Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Happy Birthday, North America

Today my country of Canada celebrates its birthday. In three day's time our closest neighbour and ally will celebrate their birthday.

I debated on whether or not to share the image on the left, for fear that it might offend some. I hope it does not, but if it does, please accept my humble apology; no offence was intended. I saw simply a humorous caricature that in my way of thinking, simply depicts how closely intertwined we really are as countries. Besides, if you've followed this blog before, you know that in many ways, it's built on my twisted sense of humour.

But seriously, the Canadian/American Free Trade Agreement of 1988, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of 1994 which included Mexico, means that, among other things, there are many Canadian companies today that are subsidiaries of larger American corporations. Cross border transportation of goods is huge. The fact is, we do a lot of business together and as such have a genuine vested interest in each other's well being.

In the same way, many Canadians call the USA home; some permanently, and others simply during some of the colder months of the year. Likewise I know Americans who have opted to live permanently in Canada. Many of us Canadians follow American sports and identify our allegiances to specific teams (Go Seahawks!). Of course we also have our favourite CFL teams too (Go Eskimos!) whose jerseys are worn by several American football players on the field as well. We have a lot in common.

Like most Canadians, I'm thankful for the neighbours I have to the south and have come to count many of them among my dearest friends. Thanks, USA, for having our backs in times of both war and peace.

So having said that, Happy Birthday to all of us. It is my hope and prayer that all of our celebrations of July 1st and 4th are fun and safe. Peace and Blessings to all.

Cartoon Source: Unknown (via Facebook)
Flags Source: http://www.sudburydowns.com/CommonPool.asp

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