Freedom and the Canadian Way

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(2) Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right

(a) to move to and take up residence in any province; and
(b) to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.

(Excerpted from http://www.efc.ca/pages/law/charter/charter.text.html, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)

I was just thinking about the freedom we enjoy and take for granted in this country. We hardly ever think about it, its just the way it has always been for most of us. I grew up in small town Ontario. there was lots of farming, some commuters to bigger centers like Newmarket or even Toronto (my dad). I now live with my wife (teehee, I sound so old having a wife 😀 ) on PEI.

What an awesome place to grow up… in Canada I mean. Death, war, pestilence, famine, even economic woes meant basically nothing to us. My dad had a good job, we never really were lacking in anything. Most other countries in the world know well about all the troubles around the world, fears, fighting, natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes. We, in southern Ontario, had none of this, no tornadoes rolling through there. No fishery disasters, not even much accidental deaths around there. It was pretty safe, pretty stable, pretty middle of the road back country, middle income living.

We live in such an awesome free country where you can move from one coast to another, or another with no issue, 5000kms one side to the other or something like that??  I can wake up in the morning, check my facebook, my email, current world news, and drink a coffee in the quiet of the day break. No chores even to do.  Freedom of speech (via this blog and any other outlet I use), freedom to move around, freedom of religion (or personal relationship with Jesus) are all things we just expect these days. I think of the uprising of Iranian citizens during the elections and the murder of some of those protester. We can do that here in front of our parliament buildings, we can walk right up front and through our parliament buildings, sure there are a few more cameras these days and an RCMP car always circuling parliament hill looking at you but hey, you can roam free, no worries. Its always a surreal experience and part of what I love when visiting the capital, Ottawa. I truly feel like a Canadian, like I own a piece of it (and I do with my taxes 🙂  ).

I love being Canadian, I’m so happy I’m on this side of the Atlantic! Europe is OK but way too close to all those nations of old and problematic history. I like that we’re ‘safe’ over here, that I don’t really have to worry about any impending invasions, oil crises, political uprisings or EU merges (hopefully the Amero won’t be coming any time soon!).

The freedom afforded us is not something I take lightly but it is something that we often don’t think about as its just the way it is here. So I say, sit down, stair out your window wherever you are and just think about some of the freedoms you’re enjoying right at that / this moment in time, don’t take it for granted, at least not at this second / minute / hour. Give thanks to God for where you are, who you are and for all the awesome blessings you have! I know I do!

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