For Canada

I am grateful to Richard Bott of British Columbia, often found on this blog, for his words today.canadian-maple-leaf

#‎MyCanada‬ is two grade 7 girls leaving school, one wearing a hijab, the other with a crucifix around her neck – arm in arm, BFF.

#MyCanada are people who stand in the face of extremism (of whatever sort) and say, “No.”

#MyCanada is the calm voice of Peter Mansbridge, the decisive action of Kevin Vickers and the rest of our police and security forces, the desire to heal of unnamed Good Samaritans, the willingness to serve – even unto death – of Cpl. Cirillo, Warrant Officer Vincent, and the women and men who are their comrades.

#MyCanada will not let fear become the value that overtakes those of “peace, order and good government.”

No.

#MyCanada will NEVER let fear become the value that leads us by the nose.

Oh, Canada, our home and native land,
true patriot love, in all our [lives] command,
with glowing hearts we see thee rise,
the true north, strong and free.
From far and wide, O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
God, keep our land
glorious and free,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada
we stand on guard
for
thee.

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5 Responses to For Canada

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  2. rezrevres says:

    Thank you Richard for your well considered words of honourable wisdom. I trust you’ll forgive my being so bold as to suggest a couple of additions which I tweeted earlier:
    #MyCanada will not be terrorized into sacrificing the freedoms that define us by excessive security restrictions
    #MyCanada understands that whenever we allow unreasoning fear to dictate extreme repressive responses the barbarous insanity of extremism wins a victory

  3. rezrevres says:

    #mycanada turns out to honour our fallen comrade Corporal Nathan Cirillo bring his body home down the Highway of Heroes

  4. Maren says:

    To both of your additions, Matthew — amen.

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