Josh Bowman celebrates Canada Day with some reasons to be proud of this wacky country.
- In Toronto, our Pride parade is on July 1st. We celebrate Canada Day with a pride parade! That is amazing. Oh, and did I mention how gays and lesbians can get married here and abortion is legal? Yup. All of that.
- Our banking system is considered “the most efficient and safest banking system in the world.” During the financial crisis, carefully-regulated Canadian banks stayed surprisingly profitable and stable. They did have some government help, but we avoided much of the instability that we saw in the U.S.
- Carly Rae Jepsen.
- The National Film Board has helped hundreds of Canadian artists make classic films and documentaries. Oh, and guess what? It’s all available for free online for anybody to watch.
- Delicious, cheesy, horrible-for-you-but-so-good-to-eat, poutine. And no, we are not embarrassed!
- We have healthcare for everybody. We know it could be more comprehensive, but it’s pretty damn good. In fact, from what I understand a lot of Americans would love to move here and really enjoy our socialized healthcare! Or maybe there are just some very confused Americans.
- Our adult literacy rate is 99%. Over 50% of Canadians from 25-64 have post-secondary education. We are so SMRT! S M R T!
- Even though the other provinces in Canada often dismiss Toronto and its residents, you should know something. We love you guys. From Victoria to St. John’s and all the way up to Iqaluit. I believe we should celebrate our remarkable diversity here! Let’s stand together! Who’s with me?? Hey, where are you guys going…? Oh, the game’s on. Right.
- We are up to our eyeballs in placid beaches, commanding mountain ranges, serene hot springs, wide open plains, waterfalls, and stunning cliffs. We are beautiful, yo.
- Our murder rate (and crime in general) is going down! Except for the recent rash of incredibly violent and bizarre murders, we are a pretty safe country to live in. So…mostly good news!
Canada isn’t perfect, but let’s take a day to celebrate the things we get right. Happy Canada Day.