Bruce Soderholm

The tremulous note hung heavily in the midst of early dawn, the mournful obligato of the trumpet paused in what seemed like suspended animation before plunging ahead into the final phrases of the anthem. Eyes that had been gazing skywards searched the ground in various disaffected manners as the flag was carefully detached for the final time from the cable which had lowered it from its once proud height. Stifled

sobs punctuated the still air from somewhere in the sparse crowd as the crimson-coated officer folded with measured precision the artifact which represented so much to those who had gathered this morning. A single orange finger of sunlight touched the sheen of brilliant red and white and then crept over to reveal the edge of a pointed maple leaf still visible in the folds of silk. An air of finality saturated the scene; no more would the emblem of the True North be hoisted aloft to show a country strong or free ….

I sat up quickly, disoriented — my pulse racing and droplets of sweat beaded on my forehead. The figures in the vision, or more accurately the spectres of the nightmare, receded, as I realized that what had been so vivid had not yet come to pass. Like Scrooge I asked myself whether or not these were the shadows of things that must be or only things that might be. Could Canada disappear as a nation, recalled only as a distant memory by those who loved it? Winnipeg singer/songwriter Steve Bell in his song “Lament for a Nation” wonders how Canada’s `requiem will sound’ in a song that captures the imagery of mourning.

For every heartbreak poets lenda place where memory finds her bedfor everybody’s there’s a stoneto divide the living from the deadfor every nation come and goneyou’ll find a melancholy songtelling stories of her glory

for the ones who called her home.”

The report of our nation’s demise (I trust) is greatly exaggerated, but the threats are real enough as evidenced by continued foreign takeovers of Canadian corporations, the prospect of harmonized social and medicare programs with the U.S. being forced by the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as the assault on our currency and other aspects of our international autonomy. Such real threats beg the inevitable question: “Why is Canada worth saving?” The answer lies in our capacity to balance social values and progress, and the model we exhibit of human diversity.

This country is worth fighting for because it is uniquely able to maintain a balance between progress and human social values. As a member of good standing of the world’s leading industrialized nations, Canada has a highly developed economy that is technologically advanced as evidenced by such marvels as the Canadarm used on the space shuttle. Yet even with the ongoing push to be globally competitive Canada has managed to maintain a social safety net that includes assistance for those without employment, and care for the most vulnerable members of our society, the children and the elderly, along with a health care system that, even though it is beleaguered, provides the best of health care possible to its citizens regardless of income or societal status. It is not a coincidence that for the last number of years, the United Nations has rated Canada as the most desirable country in which to live based on its balance of access to education, health care, and employment opportunities, amongst several other criteria. Canada continues to strive for that balance.

Canada also remains worth saving because we exist as a model of human diversity that the world needs to see and emulate. In contrast to the Catholic-Protestant tensions of Northern Ireland, and the palpable hatred that hangs like a heavy mist over the shattered ruins of the Balkans, Canada has managed to prevent its inner tensions from turning into civil war — a unique feat among developed nations. While other nations, notably the U.S.A., function as a melting pot where backgrounds, ethnicities, and traditions are tossed in and effectively drowned in the dominant culture, Canada has been able to piece together a mosaic of varied cultures and creeds where distinct pieces blend together when viewed from a distance, yet maintain a distinct character all their own. We have our own shameful moments from the past, our self-perceived `yellow peril’ and internment camps for loyal Japanese-Canadians, but ours is not a history of burning crosses or burning ghettos. In the crucible of our nation’s forging, French and English were forced to coexist from the very start and perhaps therein lies the key to our remarkably successful social experiment. In a land with geography so diverse and peopled with residents of the entire global village, Canada in microcosm shines like a lighthouse beacon to the world and sends the message that peaceful, meaningful coexistence is not just the substance of trite beauty queen speeches, but a real possibility in a world that desperately needs role models to look upon. It is easy to hyperbolize any country’s achievement but it is not careless overstatement to suppose that in our balance of progress and social values, as well as our human diversity, Canada remains an entity that is worth any amount of blood, sweat, and tears to preserve.

Peter John Loewen

It is a reasonable maxim that actions which are truly good bestow positive benefits both upon the source of the action, as well as those affected by or related to the action. From that axiom springs our most compelling reason to save Canada: doing so benefits not only us, but also those to whom we are related.

In saving Canada, we must first concede that we have not fully protected the borders of our ideas. They have been crossed, and some new ideas have entered, replacing older more noble notions.

Count among these full employment. This idea has given way to the notion that an unemployment rate of 8% is optimal for the operation of our economy and monetary system, regardless of those citizens who are left displaced and demoralized.

Count too the principle of a universal health care system. Alberta’s Bill 11 is the most recent and visible assault against this universality. It is not an isolated example.

Count, finally, the belief that our regulatory framework should encourage ownership of Canadian corporations by Canadians, and not foreign interests. Countless examples make clear the reality that our public policy has not supported Canadian ownership of Canadian corporations.

Thus, in saving Canada, we must be impassioned by these awful realities. They must become our motivation for not only fighting to restore full employment, universal health care and Canadian ownership. They must be our motivation for saving what remains of our nation.

We should be motivated to save Canada because it remains a nation who punches above its weight in the international ring. There is no doubt that this is a result of our willingness to take a lead in creating and maintaining peace. Peace-keeping is simply a reflection of greater values. Chief among these values is the rule that nations should not act in accordance with their own narrow interests, but should work towards the greatest good. The initiatives of our current foreign minister — from banning land mines to the establishment of an international criminal court — are a reflection of this collective value. These are values worth saving. These are values which have changed the way the world views international relations.

Thus, if we allow Canada to be swallowed up into the larger world we risk allowing our ideas of international civility and duty to be swallowed up by those who conduct themselves by the law of the national interest jungle alone.

We should be driven to maintain Canada because it is a model of balance to all the world. Our nation is one which has balanced wonderfully two official languages, dozens of unofficial others, and a palate of people as diverse as anywhere else in the world. This is no small accomplishment. The United States still scratches at the scars of its segregationist past. The United Kingdom maintains discriminatory immigration laws towards those from the Indian sub-continent, while wrestling with racism within its larger cities. Much of Eastern Europe remains a model for how democracies fall apart under the weight of ethnic clashes. Canada, meanwhile, has maintained this balance without revolution or revolt.

This is a testament to neither political brokerage or historical luck, but to a nation that sees diversity as integral to its character and survival. Such an idea does not find space in a world whose nations are increasingly moving towards either radical assimilation or a dangerous tribalism. If we can save

Canada, we can save this example to the world. In saving Canada, we can save the respect of the poor and disadvantaged our globalized world has left behind. While we have allowed it to erode in recent years, we are still a nation which believes in the importance of compassionate and generous programs of assistance. By reversing this trend we can both improve our lot at home, and renew the envy of the world.

And in saving Canada we can make a last stand — one which benefits all the world. By example and ideal, we will reaffirm the belief that citizens, gathered together in a nation, can best meet one another’s needs. And we still stand for the premise that people are better ruled by a democratically elected government, with restraint and care, than by corporate-driven treatise and agreements.

Why is Canada worth saving? Because doing so will be a good noble act. Looking inwardly, we find a country at the envy of the world. Looking outwardly, we find a world shaped by us to a degree far beyond that of our meagre size. In saving this country, we help ourselves, but we also help the world.

Hans Riekko

Throughout history, every nation eventually comes to a fundamental crossroads and must ask itself what its reason for being is. Today, with the mass Americanization of our culture and the increasing globalization of the economic system and institutions governing world affairs, Canada has come to that point. Why should Canada continue to exist? Why should we preserve what we have created? Fortunately for Canada, the country has a very legitimate raison d’être and is unquestionably worthy of being saved. Although our fellow citizens often take it for granted, we must take the time to appreciate the greatness of what all Canadians have collectively achieved over the past 133 years, and the value Canada presents to the world community. With Canada we have created a model of unparalleled success, providing incentives to follow personal ambitions while looking after our less fortunate neighbours. We must work hard to preserve what we have achieved, and make everyone everywhere appreciate what we have created, or we risk losing everything we have accomplished to the neo-conservative hegemony.

The modern identity of Canada as being a caring, kinder, gentler, more compassionate people emerged after World War II, and is one facet making Canada worthy of being saved. The post-war acceptance of Keynesian economic theory favouring government intervention in the economy led to the development of Canada as a modern welfare state. The resulting social and economic programs which Canadians today value dearly was nothing short of a remarkable achievement for the country. Unemployment insurance was created in 1940 to ease those in transition between jobs. Family allowances were introduced in 1944 to improve the quality of life for children. Old age security and a national pension plan were established in the 1950s to eradicate poverty among the elderly. Perhaps the greatest achievement of all was the adoption of universal medicare in 1966 (fully implemented by 1972), providing any Canadian, rich or poor, with access to quality health care services. Government intervention to correct market failures and inequitable distributions of income resulted in wealth being more fairly shared, and a reduction in income differentials between the rich and poor, a statistic still distinguishing Canada from the United States. Budgetary cutbacks in the 1990s have decimated these programs, and restoration of adequate funding is imperative for preserving these social programs and our identity.

Another reason Canada is worth preserving is the quality of life provided by our social development for both rural and urban residents. Our crime rate is a fraction of that in the United States, and continues to decrease, while the Americans are incarcerating people at ever-increasing rates. Our downtown cores have not been abandoned, whereas in the United States many are empty shells teeming with violence and decay. Our suburbs are more diverse and complex, not just the typical white ghettos of voluntary American segregation. Also, pressures to leave cities are fewer, resulting in less counter-urbanization and urban encroachment into valuable farmland. In Canada, millions of immigrants have successfully integrated into mainstream society while being allowed to retain their cultural heritage, providing for a rich multicultural society, while elsewhere discrimination, race riots, and neglect have gripped minorities. Finally, education levels and literacy rates in Canada are among the highest in the world, a product of quality public schooling and affordable post-secondary education.

Finally, Canada should continue to exist because we set a good example for the world through our international involvements. Canada, guided by the foresight of Lester B. Pearson, invented peace-keeping during the 1950s. Since then, we have been part of every United Nations peace-keeping mission, helping promote non-violent solutions to the many conflicts in trouble spots around the globe. As a middle power, we have used “quiet diplomacy” to resolve international disputes because of our friendly relationship with the United States. Canadians have also helped the less fortunate in this world through hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign aid, and also through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) by providing medical, educational and technical solutions to chronic problems. Thus Canada has its special place in international affairs, without which the world would be worse off.

In conclusion, Canada is worth saving because we have developed a positive national identity with the creation of the welfare state, because we have developed a good quality of life in our society, and because we play a vital international role. Canadians must fight the economic imperialism of the United States through institutions such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund, and take back our culture by better utilizing and properly funding tools like the CRTC and the National Film Board. Foreign investment is beneficial, but it must occur on our terms. Only this will allow Canadians to control their own destiny.

Andrew Ellis Carson

Canada is a nation of equitable compromises between a variety of cultural, social, and economic ideals. This balancing of interests has been particularly pronounced after World War II, a time when fresh waves of immigrants arrived in Canada and the social welfare net was patched together. Though many critics thought that these factors would topple the primarily bicultural constitution of Canada and stunt the strong economic recovery of the post-war era, Canada instead adapted to these new factors, gradually reinventing itself as a multicultural society with generous, people-directed social policies. But in recent years, a new set of external influences has not only threatened but has also begun to undermine these cherished national characteristics. Free trade and globalization have placed a daunting strain upon our social institutions and the tax system that vitalizes it, rendering both increasingly inefficient. These and other factors are subverting Canadian sovereignty and our ability to culturally, economically, and socially define ourselves. Though action is necessary to counteract this process, before such engagement occurs we need to define what it is that needs to be preserved and why Canada needs to be saved.

As a unique blend of idealism and practicality, of multiculturalism and tradition, the continued existence of Canada is necessary as a verification that such an accommodating organization of government and civil society can endure within a modern state. In contradistinction to the consumer culture of the U.S., Canada has been able to organize itself to reflect the best of both the American free market system and the European social democracies. But the combined influence of NAFTA, globalization, and the gross importation of American culture has slowly tipped the scales. The focus of parliamentary debate and policy formulation has increasingly become economic restructuring, tax relief, etc. Admittedly, these are all valid concerns, but the readiness to address these issues in lieu of our faltering social programmes underlines the growing negligence of our welfare state. In addition, Canada’s open reputation to immigrants and refugees — annually recognized and lavished with superlatives by the United Nations Development Agency — has lately been threatened by the consolidation of populist power represented by the freshly forged Canadian Alliance. Such a shift in the political landscape threatens the continued fostering of multiculturalism in Canada. As American commercial interests and domestic populism become increasingly influential denizens of Canadian economic and cultural policy, the threat to the continued existence of Canada looms more and more ominously. The failure of Canada to resist these influences would signal not only a failure by Canada, but also the failure of a loftier ideal of modern governance — an ideal that seeks both to balance free market expansion with social justice and openness and multiculturalism with high domestic living standards.

Many of the principles by which we understand ourselves in Canada, many of the ideas that have bound us together in peace and understanding, are concepts that are also essential in furthering peace and partnership in the international community. Every Canadian knows that we have stepped precariously close to the precipice of national division and that we are constantly confronted with the possibility of Québec’s separation. But throughout these travails, both sides of the debate have sought peaceful solutions and attempted to foster an understanding of each other’s perspective. Unfortunately, this has not been the experience during regional and ethnic conflicts in many parts of the world. Strife, militarization, and intolerance have characterized these troubling situations. India during decolonization, Rwanda in the early nineties, and Kosovo most recently all stand as testaments to the explosive potential of ethnic and cultural prejudice when confined with a common national border. Indeed, as more historical rivals have to confront their differences and decide on future cooperation, many analysts have commented that the world is becoming a more Canadian place. And for this very reason, Canada must be saved. As a nation in which European, Native, and other groups have been able to live in relative peace and prosperity, Canada must survive as a symbol of hope, showing how to unravel these difficulties and proving that such denouement is possible.

In considering why Canada is worth saving, it is essential to transcend the notion of nationality and instead regard Canada as an ideal and symbol. It is an ideal that aspires to unify a variety of political stances, economic, and social policies, and a symbol of tolerance and understanding. But many external and internal influences are threatening to weaken or even discard these characteristics. Though these influences are considerable and though the process they represent may seem inevitable, they must be resisted. We must realize as a nation that saving Canada is not so much about saving Canada; rather, it is about preserving an ideal for an open and equitable society and a symbol of hope in a world of intolerance.

Craig Wallace

Kanata, “the village,” and Canada, “the nation” are two examples of how multiculturalism has affected the development of this country. Our native Indians who originally inhabited the land, looked internally at the diversity of its resources and formed a culture sustainable with the environment. The European explorers who arrived on its shores made the rest of the world aware of this diversity and formed a culture that wanted to live for a better future. This interaction between cultures could lead to confusion, but in Canada the result is true beauty. The name of our country resulted from a mistranslation, not between two different languages, but from two different viewpoints. The nation of Canada today is as promising as the native settlement of Kanata. Canada is diverse, Canada is strong, Canada is worth saving. That is no mistranslation.

The key to Canada’s past in the eyes of navigators such as Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain was to find a link between East and West. Lakes and rivers brought people farther inland to settle. The natural wealth in Canada was seen by them through the fur trade, mineral deposits, fish supplies, and forests but also through the overall beauty of its landscape. It was the determination, hope, and imagination of these founders however, that made Canada’s motto, “A mari usque ad mare” a reality. From sea to sea, the Canadian National Railroad was built and served as the ultimate link to the west coast. Now, it serves as a reminder to modern Canadians of the ingenuity experienced as a nation independent from any other. Our natural resources must be preserved or there will be a risk of losing educated and professional citizens to other countries. If the environment is continually exploited, so will the lives of future Canadians.

In the eyes of many politicians and corporations, the key to Canada’s present is to link north and south, the south being the United States of America. The economics of this country impact how Canadians are viewed by others and in how we view ourselves. Canada is geographically rich, enjoys excellent social programs and infrastructure, is welcoming to immigrants, has a multiculturalism policy and produces talented musicians, artists, and athletes. Clearly, Canada is the most desirable country in the world to live but Canadians must recognize and strive to protect this in order to maintain a sense of self. Relationships with other countries are also very important to Canada’s economy. Formally, Canada is a member of the United Nations, NATO, NAFTA and the Commonwealth, and Canadians are respected as peace-keepers throughout the world. This is an age revolving around technology, mass media, competition and opportunity. Unfortunately, past achievements are at risk due to free trade and poor protection of Canadian industries.

Canadians have a unique outlook on the world because of diversity and our education in becoming globally oriented. By comparing Canada with the rest of the world, advantages over many other nations can be discovered. We must focus both on our many present advantages and how to create a harmonious future as a community. A society that emphasizes corporations rather than societal needs establishes drastic gaps between the rich and the poor. Health care, education, and safety must be accessible to all Canadians. Canada’s future cannot be bought or sold.

In the eyes of a young person, the key to Canada’s future is to link Canadians. For many of us, our self-perception as a citizen has become somewhat clouded. Varied backgrounds, viewpoints, and a weak knowledge of history, have sometimes made us too modest when considering our global importance. Education on policies made by the government will form a stronger understanding of self-identity. A common goal as a nation can be announced, but it is not necessarily understood. Past generations have made many mistakes due to an inability to think of the future. The environment has been badly damaged. Canadian companies are becoming foreign owned, and Canadian culture is at risk to a larger, more aggressive American culture. There are so many answers to the problems and they lie in the minds of Canadian youth. Canada is proof that diversity is a strong word, not a confusing one.

The Maple Leaf can now be observed on backpacks, beer commercials, tattoos, and etched in the hearts of Canadians. It has evolved from a national symbol to a sign of patriotism — a sign of identity. Canada has developed from a small “village” to a strong nation. The past cannot be forgotten to ensure a vision for the future. In villages, people work together and care about each other. This village element must always be present within our country. Community, opportunity, and freedom are characteristics to treasure as a Canadian and it is this realization that will protect our homeland. O Canada. We TRULY stand on guard for thee.

Bren Campbell

Many people have lamented that Canada has no identity of its own. They believe that we have done nothing for ourselves; that we have only stolen the works of others. That is, in many ways, true. Canada has been built upon the fragments of other cultures, carried to us on various winds of hope and desperation; faith and folly. However, it is nothing to be ashamed of — rather, it is a primary strength that Canadians have drawn upon, and forged into a country that is multifaceted, enduring, and beautiful. By taking the best of both worlds, we have gained the respect of the world, and the admiration of many. However, there is always a danger in having too much of a good thing, and recently Canada has begun the march towards that abyss. In order to remain balanced and varied, too much can not be pulled from any one culture — in this case, the United States. To do so risks submerging all the others, and losing the diversity from which we draw our strength. We cannot allow that to happen. Canada has so much to offer the world, as it stands.

It is Canada’s cultural mix that enables us to avoid prejudice and bigotry. Throughout our history, various cultures in Canada have balanced each other, and impeded us from falling into too narrow a mind-set. In Canada’s early days, while we were still a colony of Britain, that enabled us to serve as a refuge for black people escaping from slavery in the United States. During the Cold War, Canada’s inherent diversity also prevented us from succumbing to the Red Scare, which was at the time ravaging our neighbour to the south. The one major failure Canada has had, one moment of weakness wherein we did surrender to racism, was during World War II, when we held thousands of innocent Japanese in internment camps for years. There was no excuse for what we did, and Canada has not tried to make one. All that we can do is remember, and try our best to make sure that it never happens again — either in Canada, or anywhere else.

Over decades, Canada’s deeds have shaped the world’s opinion of us. People will listen to what Canada has to say, even though we don’t have enormous might — military or economic. We have built for ourselves a reputation of justice, innovation, and kindness — that is enough. We have never been afraid to speak out against injustice, or inhumanity. We have always championed human rights, and the decency of the common man. For example, right now one of our retired generals is in Northern Ireland, playing an invaluable role in their peace process as they attempt to restore harmony and order to a troubled land. In both conventional and nuclear weapon disarmament, Canada is recognized as a leader. We introduced and brought to a successful conclusion the Land Mine Treaty, and, in addition, are avidly pursuing both the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty and the possibility of burning surplus weapons-grade plutonium from both the United States and Russia in our nuclear reactors. Finally, charity has always been a trait that has defined Canada. During the Kosovo crisis, Canada was quick to offer to house refugees escaping from a devastated land. Even when refugees arrive illegally, such as was the case with the recent boat-loads of smuggled Chinese off the west coast, they are given a fair hearing by the Canadian government. Canada holds to its ideals, always. That lends our nation strength, by giving us a common focus, and thereby unity.

Today Canada faces a crisis of identity. Even our own people don’t realize just what is at stake if our multiculturalism fails us; if we allow ourselves to be absorbed by the United States. All of our power is based in our multiculturalism. It is what has allowed us to survive and prosper in the modern world — without military might, without overwhelming population, and without especially favourable circumstances. If we are absorbed by the U.S., what do we gain? A heartless medical system? In many ways, a lower standard of living? Right now, we have the respect of the world, a caring social security net, and a rich history — what could the U.S. possibly give us? Economic might? Perhaps. But at what price? We should remember the old adage “look before you leap.” Our feet have already left the ground, but we haven’t even opened our eyes yet.

Devon Windsor

Is Canada worth saving? This question is incomplete. One must add to this question and ask: “Worth saving from what?” It seems to me that the greatest danger facing Canada today is its disappearance as a sovereign state due to that process known as globalization. For Canada, “globalization” really means its impending absorption, economically, politically, and culturally, into the United States. Thus, the more appropriate question becomes: “Is Canada worth saving as an independent, sovereign state in North America?”

Canada is a relatively young country by world standards. During its 133 years of existence, Canada has successfully developed into and remained an example of relatively peaceful and prosperous multiculturalism. Unlike the American “melting pot”, the Canadian “mosaic” has demonstrated to the world that it is possible for different peoples, races, and ethnicities to not only live together, but to thrive together.

The majority of the world sees Canada as a tolerant, compassionate, and just society. A study done in the 1970s (Lyon, P.V. and B.W. Tomlin, 1979, p. 83) showed the Canadian experiment in diversity to be widely recognized and admired. Foreigners perceived countries acting “like Canada” to be generous, modest, and peace-promoters. Countries acting “unlike Canada” were described as being selfish, irrational, and expansionist or violent.

Throughout much of its short history, a considerable amount of the Canadian identity has been formed as a result of resistance to American Manifest Destiny. Indeed, the CPR was built not only to open up and settle the West, but also to establish an East-West link as a foil to perceived American imperial ambitions toward Western Canada. We Canadians view our land differently than do the Americans and Europeans. As Salutin (Salutin, 1991, p. 101) says: “Americans conquer their country. Europeans civilize theirs. Canadians confront the land with admiration and anxiety.”

A result of this is that the word “Canada” tends to evoke an image of land rather than people. For example, it does not create in the mind’s eye a national figure such as Uncle Sam. This emphasis upon `place’ instead of `people’ remains a large part of the Canadian psyche and can be seen in a comparison between American (e.g. Rockwell) and Canadian (e.g. Carr) popular art. As well, Canadian literature deals with the issues of exploration, settlement, and the struggle between people and environment (Berton and Mowat), whereas American literature tends to focus on the relationships between peoples (Alcott, Twain).

It is of equal interest to note that Canada and the U.S. have different conceptions of heroism. Whereas most U.S. heroes have almost been military leaders (e.g. Patton, MacArthur) or political leaders during time of war (e.g. Washington, Lincoln, Eisenhower), national heroes in Canada have almost always been explorers (de Champlain, Cartier, Fraser).

An important outcome of these different cultural viewpoints are differences in the way we view our societies in general. For example: (a) the revolutionary and individualistic tradition of the U.S. versus the counter-revolutionary and communal tradition of Canada; (b) the U.S. `rags-to-riches’ myth (the American Dream) versus the Canadian theme of surviving diversity and; (c) the U.S. promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness versus the Canadian bargain of peace, order, and good government.

George Grant, in his seminal, but sad Lament for a Nation, concluded that (Grant, G., 1970, p. 4): “To be Canadian was to build, along with the French, a more ordered and stable society than the liberal experiment in the United States.”

A result is a Canadian system of values demonstrably different from those of the U.S. In comparison with Americans, we Canadians really do fit our international image. We are (except, perhaps, when playing hockey) courteous, non-violent, and broad-minded.

Is Canada worth saving? The answer must be an unconditionally and resounding YES! The Canadian experiment in tolerance, fairness, and compassion is an example for the world. Its loss would, in the truest sense of the word, be tragic. In a world increasingly divided by ethnic, religious and racial prejudices, Canada continues to celebrate and revel in diversity. This is a Canadian contribution to the human community that we must not allow to be destroyed.

Canada is worth saving so as to preserve the sacrifices made by the early settlers. For Canada to disappear would be to render in vain the courage, sacrifice and perseverance of our forefathers. The history of heroism embodied in the discovery and settlement of Canada was eloquently described by the Hon. Lieutenant-Colonel the Reverend George Oliver Fallis, in his address at the Dedication of the Vimy Memorial (arguably Canada’s most famous overseas monument) in July 1936. Fallis described Canada as having been settled by: ” … goodly men and women (who) crossed the seas, arrived in Canada, hewed down the forests, built their log cabins, erected their school-houses, colleges, universities and churches, educated their children in wisdom, manners and morals … developed industry and commerce, built great railways, mined precious metals, erected mills, and fished the depths of the seas … explored the great West, travelling by ox-cart into a land they knew not, transforming the unshorn fields of the prairies into a land of golden grain … faced the Rocky Mountains, scaled snow-capped peaks, forded turbulent rivers … passed through narrow defiles of yawning canyons … carved out the wilderness of native land filled with beauty and plenty, builded a goodly nation, pursuing peace, loving industry, jealous of none and respectful of all.”

These words have particular meaning for me as I am the descendent of a U.E.L. and can trace my ancestry in Canada back to 1794. As a young Canadian woman about to enter my final year of high school, I am distraught at the prospect of Canada disappearing as a sovereign state. Like my ancestors who fled the U.S. after the American Revolution, I, too, have no desire to be a citizen of the United States. There can be no more important goal for my generation than the fight to save Canada.