Mark Steyn – Happy Dominion Day!

To all my fellow sons and daughters of the Great White North, a happy and glorious Dominion Day to you.

There are many things I love about my native land. It doesn’t have Fannie Mae and (John Koskinen’s) Freddie Mac, so its housing market was not clobbered by subprime mumbo-jumbo. Many other things, from the banking system to immigration policy, are less insane than America and elsewhere. Its foreign policy in recent years has been sober and serious, as Israel and others appreciate.

Beyond that, its political class seems less weird, or at any rate less expensive to maintain.

Bonus Canuck stuff… Cheers to the Dominion

“As for myself, my course is clear, a British subject I was born—a British subject I will die. With my utmost effort, with my latest breath, will I oppose the ‘veiled treason’ which attempts by sordid means and mercenary proffers to lure our people from their allegiance.” John A. MacDonald Father of Confederation and the first Prime Minister of Canada speaking in 1891.

What prompts me to think of this quote is our national holiday, Dominion Day, celebrated on the 1st of July, recalling the birth of a nation in 1867 whereby the British Parliament enacted the British North America Act (BNA Act) creating the Dominion of Canada. MacDonald wanted the new country designated the Kingdom of Canada, but Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley proposed the term ‘Dominion’, from Psalm 72:8: “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”