Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Happy Birthday Canada!

Today marks the 142nd year of Canada’s existence as an independent country.  Our good neighbor to the north became independent without a war, abolished slavery earlier (and bloodlessly) than the U.S. and has had SOMEWHAT better relations with its First Nations peoples.  And they have universal healthcare and even their Conservatives love it.

So, here’s a Moosehead brew and a round of “O Canada!” for all my Canadian friends.

July 1, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. No disrespect to our beloved northern neighbors, but I believe this marks the day of Canada becoming a united federation of provinces, not independent. Canada was still a dominion of the British Empire, and Parliament didn’t divest itself of the last vestiges of political control till sometime in the 1980s. (I believe the Queen is still the titular head of state, isn’t she?)

    Comment by Lee | July 1, 2009

  2. Wow !! Can someone in Canada adopt me ? 🙂

    Comment by Paul | July 1, 2009

  3. By independent, I didn’t mean that Canada was a republic like we are. She’s not. She is both a parliamentary democracy and, because the Queen is the head of state (through the Governor General), part of the Commonwealth of Nations like Australia and New Zealand. But that membership is voluntary.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | July 1, 2009

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