|"Oh Canada, We stand on guard for thee..."|
I became a Canadian citizen in the fall of 2007. One must pass a test in order to become a citizen. On this test they ask questions pertaining to Canadian history, government and geography. I was a bit nervous about taking the exam. After all, it had been quite a few years since university, and after parenting five kids my brain has partially disintegrated.
On exam day I have to admit I felt ashamed for being so worried. As I looked around the room at the other twenty people taking the test I realized I was most likely the only one whose native language was English. I can't imagine what it would have been like to study for and then take a test in a language you were struggling to learn. I should have had ten points taken away for having an unfair advantage. I'm happy to say I did end up passing the test and a couple months later attended a ceremony where I was sworn in as a Canadian citizen.
I love this picture for two reasons. The first is that the four of us are all immigrants to Canada. I think it is pretty neat to have that common bond with my three youngest kids. The other reason I love the picture is the RCMP officer. Even after thirty years in this country there is still something about seeing a Mountie in red serge that makes my day.
RCMP Officer, Kristie, Alexandra, Rebekah, David, Judge
We have the longest coastline of any country and the highest tides. And when you turn away from the oceans and look inland you will be faced with 2 million lakes and 1/4 of the world's fresh water.
We have the third largest oil reserves in the world, and in what will be a surprise to many we actually provide the USA with more oil than the Middle East.
We invented basketball and insulin.
We consume more donuts and Kraft Dinner (Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for Americans) per capita than any other people on the planet. Let me just say this is a statistic, not a point of pride.
Our citizens can expect to live longer than those of all but seven other nations. (There might be some room for improvement here if we would give up the donuts and Kraft Dinner.) And upwards of 90% of us fully support our system of universal medical care.
The population of Canada currently stands at 34,500,000. I am very happy to announce that as of September of this year that number is going to increase to 34,500,001 when my niece Corinne moves North of 49 to attend Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. When Corinne was here over the Christmas holidays we did all we could to prepare her for life in the Great White North.
We introduced her to cooking Canadian style. Whatever that means.
|Rebekah and Corinne|
|Danielle, Diana and Corinne|
|Corinne and I at the top of Sun Peaks|
|Bienvenue au Canada|
Who has been a Canadian citizen longer, Corinne or me?