Tuesday, July 04, 2006

happy birthday north america

It's a long weekend of birthdays...

Last Saturday it was Canada Day, celebrating confederation, July 1, 1867. Happy 139 Canada.

Today, is Independence Day in the USA, celebrating 230 years since tea taxes enraged the people to form their own country (and some other reasons too).

You may also be interested to know that Canadians owe some of their independence to the thrifty British and the warmongering Americans...

In fact, the Canadian goverment web site confederation information for kids teaches our kids that these very facts.

I quote ...
"Meanwhile, Britain didn't want to have to pay for the cost of defending its colonies. It decided to encourage the colonies to join together, because the United States would be less likely to attack Canada if it were a self-governing country rather than separate colonies of Britain. The fear of the United States helped to strengthen the call for Confederation."
from http://www.collectionscanada.ca/confederation/kids/h2-1260-e.html

Thank you cheap British people and you Americans for the threat which helped encourage us Canadians into Confederation.
One more thing, ummm, Americans, please don't plan to attack us again and no quebec does not have the bomb despite what the simpsons say....

Just us peaceful Canadians up here... Feel free to come up and join us for the fishing.


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