Quebec and Ontario, Nova Scotia and NB you know.
Red River resistance, Manitoba comes to be.
BC, PEI, trouble building railway lines.
Alberta, Saskatchewan. Sea to sea to shining sea.
Great war, Blue Puttees, conscription leaving none too pleased.
General strike in Winnipeg, women’s voting rights.
World war two, King’s in, you heard, BC’s Japanese interned.
Newfoundland is in at last, Tommy, for Medicare, fights.
Pearson’s peace plan, seaway flowing through the land.
Bill of rights, new flag, highway coast to coast.
Expo, FLQ, martial law in Quebec—it’s true!
Thanks to Henderson, we all get to boast!
Olympics, Winnipeg dances, Terry Fox’s run commences.
Referenda in Quebec, Constitution & Charter is a must.
Meech lake fails to show, Charlottetown’s another no-go.
Oka reminds us all how fragile is our trust.
Nunavut, clarity bill, Afghanistan, for some, a bitter pill.
Gomery inquiry, record Olympic gold.
Natural gas, tar and oil, Canadians who work and toil
remind all those in Ottawa, the country can’t be sold!
All celebrations aside, today is also a bittersweet one for those of us Canadians fortunate to reside in Newfoundland Labrador. NL’r’s have always given unselfishly to others and the war efforts were no exception. On this day, in 1916, at Beaumont-Hamel, the regiment from this province, the “Blue Puttees.” so named for their distinctive leggings, suffered grievous loss during the infamous “July Drive.” I get to think of it often, for my office is located at Memorial University, a place built to honour the memory of the many who gave the ultimate gift. As we celebrate this country’s birthday we are also reminded that peace and prosperity come at great cost.