Do Montrealers not celebrate Canada Day? I live on an extremely busy street, Saint-Denis Street, and yesterday, I did not see one Canadian flag or an inkling of National spirit or pride on the streets of my neighborhood.
Also, I was watching the festivities in Ottawa on the tele, and when the Governor General arrived and "God Save the Queen" was playing, a group of ornery Frenchmen (baby boomers oddly enough) started cursing and demanded I turn off our "Royal Anthem" on Canada Day!
Because I live in a borough, The Plateau Mount Royal, which is apparently separate from Montreal, local festivities usually take place at one of the parks instead of having to travel all the way Downtown. Last night however there was absolutely nothing going on at any of them.
A couple of distant sparks adorned the skyline when the sun fell, but the show was hardly worthy of Canada's 142nd birthday; it paled in comparison to the fireworks competition.
I have seen larger Dominion Day celebrations in cities that have less half a million people and more spirited ones in villages not much bigger than a couple city blocks.
We live in a nation afforded the luxuries and freedoms that others fight their entire lives to obtain. From coast to coast to coast we are free to practice any religion, preach any politics, and freely express ourselves. Capitalism flourishes in tandem with socialism in our society and we do our best to take care those less fortunate. Generally, we are a very tolerant people accepting of other cultures and that which is different. Internationally we are a talisman of peaceful mediation and humanitarianism. If that's not reason enough to celebrate on Canada Day, I'm not sure what is. For shame Montreal, for shame.
Lonely Patriot in the Plateau