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Reason to love Canada No. 123: Reader Peter Taylor holds a book and a beer beside his campfire at Monck Provincial Park in British Columbia. (Peter Taylor)
Reason to love Canada No. 123: Reader Peter Taylor holds a book and a beer beside his campfire at Monck Provincial Park in British Columbia. (Peter Taylor)

147 reasons to love Canada Add to ...

113. My farm.

“Everything I love about Canada comes back to my home and my farm. What makes it truly Canadian is hard to describe, but I think there is so much there: the fresh water and rich soil, the great choice we have in Canada in cattle genetics that make us a world leader in breeding strong and healthy cows. And then bringing it all together into a quality standard for milk that is second to none, providing my fellow Canadians with something they can trust to give their families. – Andrew Campbell, social-media guru and dairy farmer in Southwestern Ontario

114. That we can push for things that would make us love Canada even more

I love that as Canadians we can openly choose to love and marry whoever we want.

I love that our belief in equality is not only in our Charter but deep in our DNA.

I love that health care is a right and not a privilege.

I love that we stand up for Israel even if we don’t support their every decision because we recognize that it is a true and creative democracy wrestling to thrive in a brutally dangerous and complex neighbourhood.

I love that Canadian writers, musicians and creatives from all fields punch so above their weight on the world stage.

I love that we can claim as “ours” the founders of Right to Play, We Day and Free The Children – and that so many Canadians embody the spirit of giving back both at home and around the world.

I love that part of our riches include two official languages.

I love that we have the breathtakingly beautiful Trans Canada Trail – the world’s longest recreational network of trails – and that in a very few years it will connect Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

I love that our brand – CANADA – is respected for all the right reasons, all over the world.

I love ( and appreciate) that I am inspired by Canadians every single day.

And...

I would love Canada just a little bit more if...

We would get serious about climate change and do our part to protect our environment.

We would commit to making Canadian children the most literate on the planet.

We would more boldly celebrate our achievements and the things that make us so special.

For that we are.

Happy Canada Day!

– Heather Reisman, CEO Indigo

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“I am a proud Canadian, proud of our history and proud of our many accomplishments both at home and abroad. It is a privilege to call Canada home.

One of the most memorable days of my life was the day two and a half years ago that I went to Rideau Hall to be invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. I had not imagined that I would have felt such a surge of emotion for Canada when our very elegant Governor General, David Johnston, placed the ribbon and the Order around my neck and told me how proud my mother would have been, as she also had been an Officer in the Order.

My wishes for Canada on this her 147th birthday are that Canadians be encouraged to be proud of and speak proudly of their magnificent country and its heritage; that we think of ourselves as Canadians first and foremost; that we find again the courageousness of spirit so evident in our forbears; that we embrace individual responsibility and accountability; that we reject the entitlement that is so pervasive today; that we discourage dependence on the state in favour of self-reliance and an entrepreneurial spirit; and that we reject the tyranny of political correctness.

It is my wish for our great country that all Canadians demand more accountability from our political leaders; educate themselves about the challenges our country faces; and encourage the productive engines of our society in the interests of keeping our economy strong and our country more prosperous. All of us have a responsibility to enhance our proud tradition of innovativeness and courageous action.

Canada is the envy of so many. Happy Birthday Canada! May the true north strong and free be ever stronger and may its sons and daughters recommit themselves to our proud heritage of living lives of service and accomplishment, no matter what the challenges may be.”

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