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Globe’s call to bring back Dominion Day

- July 1st, 2011

Here is the Globe and Mail editorial that I mentioned a couple posts below. It used to run every year at this time:

On July 9, 1982, the House of Commons smuggled through a private member’s bill abolishing a 115-year-old piece of Canada’s heritage, with less than two minutes of debate. Their haste spoke volumes, however, of the legislation’s rationale: that the symbols of people are merely playthings. So was born Canada Day, a name of happy-face banality.
To call ourselves a Dominion never was a statement of colonial servitude. It is a proud and beautiful name we chose for ourselves and gave to the world, drawn from the 72nd Psalm, “He shall have dominion from sea to sea,” whence also comes our national motto. Only those ignorant of poetry and history could fail to understand this.
That is what is really at stake here: can we conceive of our nation in eternal now, not daring to imagine a greater future, not caring to remember a glorious past?
Give us back our Dominion Day.



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6 comments

  1. leilapaul says:

    Canada Day – happy face banality. Lately I rarely agree with the G&M but on this point I do agree.

    I thought it was a product of our American Envy of the times where we were the little kid on the block trying to define ourselves vis a vis the Americans and their big 4th of July. See? They didn’t have to label it with more than the date, but it was big hit anyway.

    Canada Day as a brand or image simply has no substance. But Dominion Day had meaning particularly as it applies so accurately to the quote from Psalm 72 – from sea to sea.

  2. rockinonldn says:

    Good post!

  3. gary4567 says:

    Hey…who would have brought in a piece of “barbaric” legislation like this…hmmmm….maybe a government, led by a great war hero, that pretty nuch raised it’s middle finger to most of Canada….

  4. dan.brown says:

    gary4567: War hero? What the?

  5. dan.brown says:

    leilapaul: Apparently there was a move at some point to make Dominion Day the first Monday (or maybe it was Friday) of July every year. But then some folks found out that meant it would sometimes be on July 4, Independence Day, so they nixed that. Talk about insecurity!

  6. Ron says:

    Canada Day was rammed through at warp speed without public consultation. I am wary of anything done in this manner. Please start a petition to restore Dominion Day; lets right the wrong once and for all.

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