Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Saturday, August 15, 2009

God Save the Queen

Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces under the British Commonwealth in 1867. The federation was extended to include 10 provinces and 3 territories as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. The Canada Act of 1982 severed Canada's legal dependence on the British parliament. While Canada now has it's own constitution it remains loyal to England and continues to be a British ally.

The British national anthem, God Save the Queen was either sang or played up to 1982 as part of elementary and secondary schools' opening exercises. It is still played as part of any ceremonies performed by the Royal Canadian Legion. It is often played at other social, historical and Canadiana events. As a child it was one of the first songs learned and most children knew at least the first verse before they started school. Of note a picture of Queen Elizabeth II is displayed in public halls, schools, arenas, Royal Canadian Legions

God Save the Queen (standard version)

God save our gracious Queen,1
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.*

* When the monarch of the time is male, beyond the other alterations mentioned above, the last line of the third verse is changed to "with heart and voice to sing/ God Save the King". Also where it says "Scatter Her Enemies" that will be changed to "his".


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