An Australian Definition of a Canadian...
written by an Australian dentist
An Australian dentist wrote the following editorial to help define what a Canadian is, so people would know one when they found one. I love this...and it is the truest definition of this undefinable nationality that I've ever read!
A Canadian can be English or French, Italian, Irish, German,
Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek.
A Canadian can be Mexican, African,
Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab,
Pakistani or Afghan.
A Canadian may also be a Cree, Metis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Sioux, or one
of the many other tribes known as First Nations people.
A Canadian can be an Eskimo,
A Canadian's religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu
all the way through to none. In fact, there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan.
The key difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each of them chooses.
Whether they have a religion or no religion, each Canadian ultimately answers only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.
A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of
the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Charter of
Rights and Freedoms which recognize the right of each person to the
pursuit of happiness.
A Canadian is generous. Canadians have helped out just about every
other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in
return. Canadians welcome the best of everything, the best products, the
best books, the best music, the best food, the best services and the
best minds. But they also welcome the least - the oppressed, the outcast
and the rejected.
These are the people who built Canada.
Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place.
They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom.
Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian.
"Keep your stick on the ice, boys!"