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Femion » Independence/Confederation Days

Independence/Confederation Days

July 4th, 2007

Happy July 4th all American readers, and Happy Canada day to Canadian readers. It’s a day to run to the St.FX football field behind my street for the final quarter of the Canada day concert to watch the surprisingly-good-for-small-town-budget fireworks, or watch Hayden Panettiere on PBS. It’s a day to celebrate the freedom that comes with being a citizen of these two countries by choosing not to participate in the parade in the town square in honour of our beloved leader (of course this does not occur in Canada, we’re not that left-wing). It’s a day to thank the government of Canada for funding my two summer jobs (I have an internship at the Coady now which is sponsored by Service Canada, and my editing job is paid with Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), for funding the universities that mean my education is affordable and my father is employed, for the police force that shuts the students living next door up when their parties go past twelve a. m., and for universal health care, which fortunately I haven’t had to really use so far.
Finally, I think it’s a day to realize how lucky I am. I will probably never be a refugee. I will probably never be too poor to feed myself. I will probably never loose a limb to a landmine. I will probably have a good career and not be homeless, and I will have the defense of the law and my human rights will be respected. All this I got for free. There are people who risk their lives or their families and years to get a Canadian or American citizenship. I got both just for being born.
So, here’s to the 4330:1 odds of getting dual citizenship (I got this statistic by multiplying the probability of being born a Canadian citizen by the probability of being born an American citizen. The real statistic is probably much smaller). It’s not as impressive odds as winning the lotto, but I’d say the prize is still worth a lot.

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