Wednesday, August 15, 2012
An interesting, if depressing article on Canada and Freedom. I doubt our founding fathers and our founding mother HLIM Queen Victoria would be happy about our los of freedom. At a time when Canadians are wealthier than Americans, when our dollar is at par with theirs, when we live longer, are freer and have real cappuccino, one begins to suspect that we’ve gotten something right. The deep Canadian pessimism, the self-doubt, the diffidence that more closely resembles a neurotic failing than mere good manners recede, and the smallest stirrings of national pride assert themselves. Not that we’re about to adopt the corresponding American traits of optimism and noisy self-assertion. Our dreams are smaller. We learn that Iceland might want to adopt the Loonie and ask “Can Greenland be far behind?” We might also take just a bit more interest in our history and traditions. The Fathers of Confederation had seen the American constitution close up and didn’t want any part of it. They didn’t foresee just how we’d turn out. Overall, however, our good fortune would not have surprised them, for they knew that they were founding a free country. On reading the Confederation debates, one is struck by how the Fathers insisted that we had real liberty in Canada, more so even than Americans. That comes as a bit of a shock, as we had thought that Americans had property rights in liberty. They owned it, and on occasion were kind enough to try to export it to lesser countries, as they did 200 years ago in the War of 1812 (where they came in a very strong second).