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Australian Definition of a Canadian

My niece in Australia sent me this.  I love this definition of a Canadian, and want to share it here with you:

 

"You probably missed it in the local news, but there was a report that someone in Pakistan had advertised in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed a Canadian - any Canadian.  

An Australian dentist wrote the following editorial to help define what a Canadian is, so they would know one when they found one.

A Canadian can be English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek.  A Canadian can be Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani or Afghan.

A Canadian may also be a Cree, Metis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Sioux, or one of the many other tribes known as native Canadians.  A Canadian's religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or none.  In fact, there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan.  The key difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each  of them chooses.  Whether they have a religion or no religion, each Canadian ultimately answers only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of the world.  The root of that prosperity can be found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which recognise the right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

A Canadian is generous and Canadians have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.  Canadians welcome the best of everything, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services and the best minds.  But they also welcome the least - the oppressed, the outcast and the rejected.

These are the people who built Canada.  You can try to kill a Canadian if you must as other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world have tried but in doing so you could just be killing a relative or a neighbour.  This is because Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place.  They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom.  Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian." 

Good one, eh?

NANSELTAR NANSELTAR 61-65, F 23 Responses Jun 28, 2009

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Love it

Hate politics to come between us but you seem to have a climate change denying idiot for a Prime Minister just like ours

Aww, I feel so flattered. Almost moved me to tears. :D

A lesson for all I am English and i have lived 34 years of my 65 years,here in Melbourne Australia This country also has those very tributes A truely multicultural country.and i suspect that ,that dentist wasnt born here like 24% of us
7 weeks ago i did the great American crossing and also went to Niagara I was rather aprehensive about visiting the ststes and its people because in spite of the fighting for freedom aspect there is definitely hypocrisy and double standards.leaving their foreign policy stand.. much to be sesired,But i think this is mostly to do with right wing uneducated nutters. In a nut shell i found the American and Canadian people very friendly and helpfull particularly the Afro-Americans when you show them due respect I was blown away by how beautiful the country was with far more developement and infrastructure than here in Aus But we are still a young country,and that is part of our charm God bless Canada God bless America---Paulpetal14

I'm so proud to be Canadian :)

Oh I read that passage before, somewhere else, but can't remember where. It's a good passage, though. I like the idea that "Canadian" embodies something more than merely a nationality...

Thanks for sharing!

awesome!

frigging eh its a good one :)

Absolutely love it! Thanks!

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the canadians came to the aid of my beloved england wirh no thought of what danger hitler was not threatening canada

that is awesome! So true!

Thank you for sharing this!

That's good, I like that. =)

really good! simply wonderful..

I actually cried reading that! I feel that it is so true! We are not perfect and don't claim to be, but we are like the Samaritian from "The Good Samaritian" our kindness is blind, it is not judgemental, you do not have to qualify for us to be a helpful neighbour. It is also true that if you have peace in your heart you can be called a Canadian for we are (and proudly are) the Peacekeepers!<br />
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Cheers and best wishes to all!

cute and so true!thanks for posting that!

I saw documentary about Canada and two things stuck in my mind.<br />
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1.) Most don't lock there doors. Day or night.<br />
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2.) News programs do not ememphasis scare tactics. In the US "If it bleeds, it leds". <br />
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Most interesting...DD

yeah, i think we're all pretty sure what the word means to us. and that is what counts in the end

AngelaD, I could not agree more. Canada was named for the Iroquois word for "community", and nothing could be more appropriate.<br />
(Although there are some who say that Canada was named by the Spanish, Ca Nada, meaning, "there is nothing here". Boy, did THEY get it wrong!!!)

wow. nice. flatering i have to say. But you know, thinking about the conept of the 'global village' as relates to world peace, the word Kanata does seem appropreate for "the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom". Canada being the morderized version of that old word in this context.<br />
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I just ish everyone in Canada fit that definition. you know, the good parts

I the response! There is so much diversity here! I love it! :-)

Yes!