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Friday, January 6, 2017

An Australian Definition of a Canadian

Proud to be Canadian!
Once in a while someone does a nice job of describing a Canadian, this time it was an Australian dentist.

In case anyone asks you who a Canadian is . . . 

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, Métis, 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 recognize 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. 
Please keep this going! Pass this around the World. Then pass it 
around again. It says it all, for all of us

Thanks Norman

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