Despite its current shortcomings, Canada is still the best place on earth to live.
I don’t want to sugarcoat things, so let me get out the frankly: Canada faces some serious challenges as of July 1, 2022.
Inflation is out of control. Fuel prices too. Home ownership is currently out of reach for many people. The partisan and ideological divide is deepening day by day due to social media and the cynical, opportunistic leadership of the highest positions of the country. Reconciliation with First Nations is in progress. COVID is still spreading, and in general, more doctors and child-care providers are needed almost everywhere.
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That’s a lot, and as I pondered what it meant to be Canadian in 2022, I came to a sad conclusion: after many years, for lack of a better phrase, ass-backwards crap, the collective Canadian psyche deepens. appears to be injured.
But while some people have expressed shame this year for their country and even their fellow countrymen and women — for all kinds of reasons that I really don’t care to be here — I’m not one of those people. Am.
At the risk of sounding awfully lousy, I still believe in Canada, and I’m still proud to be Canadian. Because we have a lot to be proud of.
So fire up the “This Is the Tragically Hip” playlist on Spotify and join me as I unite our nation, restore our collective pride, and in our damaged, syrupy ones with my clean, simple, Canada Day Points of Pride. I try to salvage the sinking hearts.
Listen to some drama queens on Twitter, and you can assume that Canada is simultaneously a police state, a global shadowban, an oil-addicted petrol state, a communist dictatorship and/or part of the developing world.
There may be little kernels of truth in those extremes, but luckily, Twitter is hardly representative of reality, and despite its many challenges, Canada is still consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to live, year-round. Every year.
Based on rankings and metrics used, Canada doesn’t always end up at the top of the pile, but for the purposes of our Points of Pride, let’s look at a couple that really play to our vanity.
In their overall ranking of the world’s best countries released last year, US News and World Report ranked the Great White North at No.
The model in question is based largely on global perception, as the researchers surveyed more than 17,000 people in 36 countries, asking them to weigh each country based on 76 identified characteristics. Canada finished second in the rankings in 2020 before taking the top spot in 2021.
In late June, the Economist Intelligence Unit released its annual Global Liveability Index, which included three Canadian cities in the global top 10: Calgary (4th), Vancouver (fifth) and Toronto (eighth).
The only other country with two cities in the top 10 was Switzerland (with Zurich in third place and Geneva in sixth).
So Canada can’t be so bad, can it?
Abortion rights are human rights
On June 24, the US Supreme Court withdrew 50 years of US abortion rights when it ruled in Roe v. Wade’s landmark decision—six men imposed their archaic, oppressive beliefs on millions of American women, even if someone was hurt in the process.
In his ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas spoke openly about the cancellation of rulings related to contraceptives, same-sex marriage, and even privacy in the next bedroom.
What is the opposite of progress? Oh yes. retreat.
I don’t want to dwell on it too much, mostly because it pisses me off—and I’m just a simple guy living in a different country.
But I am proud to live in a nation that still believes in the right to choose. I am proud to live in an inclusive, considerate society that emphasizes equal rights and multiculturalism.
The US Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade is a harsh wake. It shows us what can happen to our rights when we become complacent.
In Canada too.
When Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Jagmeet Singh’s NDP announced in March that they had reached a supply-and-trust agreement to keep the government in power until 2025, I was considered perhaps the most stupid tweet ever (or maybe that day).
When bickering Shared a news story about the agreement, with one reader expressing a splash of displeasure. The deal was evidence of corruption and a broken government, and the media reporting neutrally rather than sharing this particular reader’s (totally false) disgust—the media ecosystem was bought and paid for.
Where even to begin uncovering the widespread ignorance of such a tweet?
In fact, agreement is proof of a system that WorksCoalition/supply agreements are an important tool in any parliamentary democracy, especially in minority government situations. The fact that you don’t like the parties involved doesn’t mean they’re cheating.
And no, it is not the job of the media to share your targeted outrage over basic parliamentary procedures.
I may not agree with every underlying policy implication, but seeing our minority parliament function this way brought a strange, shameful joy to my little politician.
Now if only Trudeau lives up to his promise to bring proportional representation to Canada – we’ll have a democracy to be proud of.
free health care
I don’t need to say much here.
Canada’s health care system is clearly far from perfect, and serious investment is needed now and in the future to ensure it is sustainable.
But the gift of Canadian health care—my No. 1 pride as a Canadian—is overpowered every time I see an American post a picture of their hospital bill.
If I had the space, I could move on. There really is no shortage of things to be proud of in the Great White North that even some will try to tell you that everything is gone or going to crap.
But as I said above, I don’t intend to sugarcoat things.
Our challenges are very real, and we have a lot of work to do in the coming years and decades to ensure that Canada remains one of the best countries in the world.
It starts with joining, any way you can. Volunteer for a community organization. Participate in public meetings. Be an active part of the process rather than a casual observer. Do something to make your community and country a better place for all of us, instead of letting everything go to waste due to some big conspiracy.
Despite its current shortcomings, Canada is still the best place on earth to live. But we all have to work together to keep it that way.
So let’s get to work.