It’s not that Canadians don’t love their country. I do. Most Canadians do, too. They just love it quietly.

July 1 is Canada’s 150th anniversary, but nobody seems particularly eager to join the party…

The irony is that Canada, at the moment, has a lot to celebrate. Our prime minister is glamorous and internationally recognized as a celebrity of progressive politics. We are among the last societies in the West not totally consumed by loathing of others. Canada leads the Group of 7 countries in economic growth. Our cultural power is real: Drake recently had 24 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time — for one shining moment he was nearly a quarter of popular music. Frankly, it’s not going to get much better than this for little old Canada…

Pierre Trudeau, Justin’s father, articulated Canada’s difference from other countries perfectly: “There is no such thing as a model or ideal Canadian,” he said when he was prime minister in 1971. “What could be more absurd than the concept of an ‘all Canadian’ boy or girl? A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.”

Nationally, Canada has been spared the populism that has swallowed the rest of the Western world because there is not, and has never been, such a thing as a “real Canadian.” … To lead this country, you must be able to navigate multiple languages and multiple cultures. Our longstanding identity crisis has suddenly turned to a huge advantage — we come, in a sense, pre-broken…

So why is Canada so bad at celebrating itself?…Canadian self-flagellation results always in the same warm, comfortingly smug sense of virtue…It transcends the political spectrum. Whether it is Conservative insistence on frugality and small-town values or the furious outrage of identity politics on the left, everyone has the same point to make: We’re not as good as we think we are, and the government should do something about it…

None of what I have written should be taken to imply that Canadians don’t love their country, or that I don’t love my country. I do. Most Canadians do, too. They just love it quietly…

~ Stephen Marche, excerpts from “Canada Doesn’t Know How to Party” (NY Times, June 23, 2017)


  1. congrats and i love the title of the nyt article )

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  2. ‘Oh Canada’. – happiest of birthdays!

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  3. Who doesn’t love Canada! Happy Birthday to a beautiful part of the world 👏🇨🇦🇨🇦

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  4. Peggy Farrell says:

    Happy Canada Day, Dave!

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  5. We can quietly have cake thought, right?

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Happy Canada Day … 🇨🇦


  7. There’s a lot to be said for quiet celebration. Happy Birthday Canada.

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  8. Canada is a wonderful place to live.

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  9. I am so grateful for Canada. It feels like a safe haven if things get worse here.

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  10. Quiet? Really? We wear our flags and we let others do the talking.

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  11. Happy Canada Day, David! It’s true; we do and we do! ❤ ❤ Cher xo

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  12. Happy belated, pal! I’m with Sandy…something comforting about knowing there’s a large refuge of sanity just to the north.

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  13. grive2400 says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Canada. You, along with us in the US are still relatively young countries. It’s amazing our countries celebrate their birthday’s 3 days apart. Have fun, celebrate, and thank you for being our neighbor to the north.

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  14. Canada: You are loved and respected here in the US.

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