Happy Canada Day!

Canada dayOn July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. The holiday called Dominion Day was officially established in 1879, but it wasn’t observed by many Canadians, who considered themselves to be British citizens. Dominion Day started to catch on when the 50th anniversary of the confederation rolled around in 1917. In 1946, a bill was put forth to rename Dominion Day, but arguments in the House of Commons over what to call the holiday stalled the bill.

The 100th anniversary in 1967 saw the growth of the spirit of Canadian patriotism and Dominion Day celebrations really began to take off. Although quite a few Canadians already called the holiday Canada Day (Fête du Canada), the new name wasn’t formally adopted until October of 1982.

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10 thoughts on “Happy Canada Day!”

  1. Bonne fête du Canada vous païens impies!

    Kidding, kidding, jk – Happy Canada/Dominion/Whatever-You-Call-It day!

    To help my fellow ‘Muricans play nice with our apologetic (‘sorry!’) friends to the north, allow me to edumacate you:

    – Despite what many ‘Muricans think, Canadians don’t say “a-boot”. They say “a-boat”. Make fun of their incorrect pronunciation accurately.
    – Basketball was invented by a Canadian. Ask them why they suck so bad at it.
    – Something like 90% of the curlers in the world are from Canada. They take that sh*t seriously – not just during the Olympics. Refer to it as “shuffleboard on ice” whenever possible.
    – When talking to them, end every sentence with “eh?” They like that.
    – Ask them if they are a “Belieber”. They like that too.
    – Compliment them by saying they’re “just like Americans”. They absolutely love that.

    Side note – I find myself suddenly craving a really cold Molson with a really hot plate of poutine with really cold curds of course, to get that niiiice contrast. mmmm!

    • Bad at Basketball you say? Hmm, some short skinny white guy for Canader just recently won MVP 2 years in a row. This year 2 Canukians were selected in the top 10 of the first round draft pick. Ok, we suck. Sorry.

      Aside, I have never heard anyone in the English speaking world pronounce “about” like “a-boot”, except for lame American “comedians”.

      Aboot time to set the record straight.

      Happy July 4th, Yankees, but we beat you by 3 days there.

      • Lol! Wow, you sooo completely missed the point.

        My entire comment was light-hearted sarcasm poking fun at American stereotypes of Canadians (ie. I was making fun of Americans – not Canadians).

        This would’ve been obvious to you if you hadn’t searched for fragments to fit your indignation. For example, you don’t actually believe I think Canadians enjoy being asked if they are “Beliebers” – do you? Let’s take a look what got your fur all up in a dander:

        1) Canadians do not suck at basketball. Of course they don’t but cherry picking 1 person to represent the entire history of Canada compared to the entire historical roster of players of the American NBA is hardly a cogent argument.

        2) It is not pronounced “a-boot”. I agree – in fact that’s exactly what I said. It seems you were so eager to be offended that you didn’t actually read what I did write. And please, don’t refute “a-boat”. I can link you to several Canadian YouTubers actually saying “it’s pronounced ‘a-boat'”.

        A-boat time to set the record straight.

        3) Happy July 4th, 1776, northie but we beat July 1, 1867 by about 90 years and 362 days. Oh, and technically you guys didn’t officially gain independence from the monarchy until the Constitution act of 1982… that’s about 200 years after us. I personally could not care less about who was first but if you insist on trying to make someone feel bad with nonsense, at least get your nonsense correct.

        Pro Tip: when someone uses the word “edumacate” in their comment, take it in the spirit of humor. Stop being grumpy, Grumpy. 😀

        • That one Canadian basketball player was born in South Africa to Welsh and British parents, so he wasn’t from Canuckland.

  2. 🙂 Why Thank You Jonco and Richard. It’s most certainly a day that we take pride in our Beautiful Country and all Citizens that live here. I know I’m extremely proud to have been born and raised in this magnificent country. Your turn in a couple of days. 🙂

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