Something worth celebrating?

I grew up in Canada, but I’ve worked and lived in both Canada and the US. I’ve often wondered what it means to be Canadian, though I can’t get a definite answer from anyone. Until today, that is.

Today my local paper printed an editorial entitled "Canada: Something worth celebrating", which contained this explanation:

To be fair, Canada may very well be the only nation premised on not being something else. We in Canada, from the days of this nation’s founding, have simply chosen not to be American. And whether we acknowledge it or not, that may well be the glue that holds this Canada together. [emphasis mine]

I’ve often joked that this was the case, but I guess I never expected to see it in print.

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