Canada’s 150th birthday will occur in 2017. To commemorate such an event, the Harper government has decided which events and milestones will be celebrated.
From the CBC:
"There will be continuing efforts to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Raids, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.
The government’s Interdepartmental Commemorations Committee has also singled out the 200th anniversary of the births of Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Etienne Cartier as well as the 175th of Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s entry into the world.
In addition, the list — released to The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act — includes the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games, the 125th of the Stanley Cup and the 100th of both the National Hockey League and a Canadian expedition to the Arctic.”
Now the Throne Speech hasn’t occurred yet, so all the details are not clear. With that being said, the details they have released are -to me- indicative of the main areas of Harper’s focus.
Notice they don’t include women’s suffrage? Or that we were one of the first countries to allow gay marriage? Or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Or the various extremely rich and beautiful cultural practices of our Native brothers and sisters? Or our proud history of immigration? Or our wilderness and natural beauty? Or Louis Riel’s birthday? Or our peacekeeping? Or the Nobel Prize one of our Prime Ministers won (Pearson) for solving the Suez Canal Crisis without the use of force? Or Quebecois culture? Or the invention of the telephone? Or the creation of insulin? Or any of the numerous things that make up the historical and societal fabric of Canada? What about Nanaimo bars and poutine and freaking butter tarts?
No. We have wars, the arctic, and sports. I’m not saying these things aren’t important to our country, but there are other milestones, cultures, and accomplishments that, in my opinion, are representative of our rich, diverse society.
Further, in my view, by showcasing warfare, they’re attempting to usurp our value of peacekeeping and entrench a value of militarism.
I’ll say it again: We need a government that actually cares.