|If you STILL don't know what poutine is, Google it. Shame on you.|
I love my country. Here are my top three favourite things about it.
Canadians love nature. We go to cottages at every opportunity and tie our beers to a string and hang them in the lake to keep them cold. We ski and snowboard and carry beers in our pockets for those long rides up the chair lift. We have mountains, and prairies, and oceans, and polar ice caps - and we have beer that comes from all those places. Nature is a defining feature of this country. All this space and so few people filling it up. Gorgeous.
|This kinda looks like nature, but really it's my neighbour's backyard. Just pretend.|
I know that's a bad word. How about Communism? Better? No? Ok, well, sorry, but whatever you think about those words is probably inaccurate. Canada is not defined as either, but I wish it were. We have social programs that are meant to HELP people. They're not perfect. Lineups in emergency rooms are damn long. And those friggin baby boomers are stealing all my pension money. But it's a start. It's something. And I just can't be mad about 13% (or 15%) sales tax.
|Second cutest couple on Parliament Hill on Friday. (Thanks LB!)|
|No way to get close enough for a good picture. |
They were so adorable though! You'll have to take my word for it.
3) Culture. And People.
We're very diverse. And despite our current Conservative Government (curses!), we're tolerant of people. Generally. We like immigrants. And we have a lot of them. Gay marriage is allowed. We have TWO official languages, et j'étudie français! We have Newfies, and Quebecers, and West Coasters, and Northerners, and Cowboys. We have a rich Aboriginal background, with so much to learn from our First Peoples. And yet we all have one precious thing in common - the love of our country and wanting the best for it.
|That guy is my Uncle. No, not really. I've never seen him before in my life.|
|Canadian streets aren't normally blocked off for observers. |
The craziness downtown was something of a shit-show for sure.
But totally worth it.