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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)

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We need to make a profit, but most Canadian business people are not exclusively profit-driven. There is a little bit of social responsibility mixed in there, which you don’t always see in other countries.

Maybe that means we are not quite as competitive price-wise as we could be, but quality of life is pretty important to people in this country. The traditional mindset in Canada has been neither right nor left. We have a balanced approach to running the economy and looking after people who are disadvantaged.

53. Our apologies “Canada is the best country because you can walk into someone and they will apologize first.” – Kelly Oxford, author and Twitter sensation

54. It’s inspiring “The challenge in designing [a Bahai Temple in Chile] was to give material expression to the concept that ‘Humankind is One.’ This temple welcomes peoples of all faiths (or indeed none), all creeds, classes and races. As an architect, I found myself deeply moved by this project of a lifetime. At some point in my struggle – I don’t precisely remember when – I reminded myself that the country to which my family immigrated almost five decades ago is, in every respect, a living expression of this vision. Canada is a society beyond nationhood: a population from every corner of the globe, a welcome to every cultural voice, an international reputation that is unique. In short, this country, as it unfolds, is my inspiration.” – Siamak Hariri, founding partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects

55. We believe in the public good “There are so many things I love about Canada. But above all I cherish what has been the short swing of the political pendulum between left and right: Those on the left, who favour the public sector, understand that wealth generation is necessary to provide for the welfare of a nation; those on the right, who favour the private sector, believe that without that welfare we would be, in every sense, a poorer people.” Architect Jack Diamond

56. There’s an Indonesian restaurant in Kitimat, B.C.

“I remember going to Kitimat, B.C., about 15 years ago, and I found a restaurant that served Indonesian food. And I thought, ‘This speaks to what this country is about.’ And the restaurant was just absolutely top-notch, it wasn’t some mish-mash or something. It was the best Indonesian food you can have – at a restaurant in Kitimat. That speaks to the diversity of this country and the richness of this country, and to me that is my Canada.” – Hassan Yussuff, newly elected president of the 3.3 million-member Canadian Labour Congress, who moved to Toronto at age 16 from the South American country of Guyana

57. Our soldiers

“I think the best thing about Canada are the soldiers who keep us ‘strong and free.’ My mother and her-first born daughter were rescued from a hospital in Bruges, Belgium, when the Germans were bombing the city. The Canadian soldiers drove over floating bridges to return them home to their family, who thought they had perished. Because of this act of courage and commitment my family immigrated from Bruges to Canada in 1951 and settled in St. Edwards, Alta. As far as I am concerned, the generations that fought wars for Canada are the most deserving of a spot on the list of 147 reasons to love Canada.” – Reader Mariane Musschoot, Edmonton


“I remember visiting Vimy Ridge and feeling a great sense of pride and respect being a Canadian and learning that it was there that soldiers from across Canada fought together for the first time, helping to define us as a nation and providing the freedom we live today. I’ve been fortunate enough to live in British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick, and it has been evident to me that Canadians from coast to coast share that same tremendous connection with each other and pride to be Canadian that I’m sure the soldiers that fought and sacrificed in 1917 felt wearing the Maple Leaf.” – Anson Kwok, vice-president of condo development firm Pinnacle International

58. Canada Day on Parliament Hill

“I’ve been living in Ottawa for 21 years. I really enjoy being here for Canada Day. What I do is get up, go to the Hill for a bit and see the Snowbirds. I take my family, my wife and my son. And then in the mid-afternoon we go to a cottage or just go by the lake, relax and come back for the fireworks. It’s a day to really embrace our culture, especially in the capital. People are very happy and excited. I usually don’t work on Canada Day, so it’s also nice to be a bit of a tourist in your my city.” – Chef and Top Chef Canada winner René Rodriguez

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