Watching CBC this morning they were talking about Citizenship Day and that today was the 60th anniversary of Canadian Citizenship.
I was not aware that prior to February 16, 1947 we, born in Canada, were not considered Candians but were British Subjects. It was Paul Martin senior, the father of our previous Liberal Prime Minister who lobbied for Canadian Identity and the Establishment of Canadian Citizenship.
Prior to 1947 soldiers who died on the battlefield were buried as "British Subjects". Paul Sr., while walking through a WWII cemetery noticed that the hundreds of "Canadian" war heroes buried there were designated as British Subjects.
There I sat oblivious to this most interesting fact in our history. It just shows you how we Canadians take our homeland for granted. Even my 2007 Canadian, City of Brampton, calender does not identify this most auspicious of days in our history as "Citizenship Day". It does however mark Valentines Day.
There are even some amongst we Canadians who are considering declaring Valentines Day an official holiday since it would break up the long winter season.
Hmmmm..... and I thought I was "Shallow" not knowing this piece of our history.
Thanks Bob H.