I would like to wish all Canadians a very Happy Dominion Day! Or, if you desire, a Happy Canada Day!
Today marks 147 years since the formation of the Dominion of Canada on July 1st, 1867 with the British North American Act taking effect. The Dominion consisted of four provinces to begin with: Ontario, Quebec, News Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
Over the years, the Dominion would increase in size, with the addition of the following provinces:
Manitoba (July 15th,1870)
British Columbia (July 20th, 1871)
Prince Edward Island (July 1st, 1873)
Alberta (September 1st, 1905)
Saskatchewan (September 1st, 1905)
Newfoundland and Labrador (March 31st, 1949)
Canada also has three territories that were established on the following dates:
July 15th, 1870 (Northwest Territories)
June 13, 1898 (Yukon)
April 1, 1999 (Nunavut)
Canada has become famous for their police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and for the success of their military in the many conflicts they have been involved with: from the Second Boer War, through both World Wars, up to Afghanistan.
Canada has been long known for maple syrup, but also for being extremely good in hockey: the national women’s team has won the Gold Medal at the last four Olympics, while the men’s team has won Gold at three of the last four Olympics, including the two most recent Olympics.
Canada is officially bilingual with English and French being the two official languages. Canada is also officially multicultural and supports multiculturalism.
So as we celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday, let’s be happy that we live in the greatest country on the planet! Happy Birthday Canada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!