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Canada and the US

By JamesRL ·
Canada just finished celebrating on July 1st our national holiday, and the US will celebrate their's tomorrow.

I thought I'd steal from a local newspaper, who in turn stole from some great Americans and Canadians:

"This example of two nations like yours and ours living together now for more than a hundred years with a borderland nearly 4,000 miles in extent, and no breach of any kind in that century, without fortifications or means of war between us, is something that the world ought to cherish as a possible ideal." Former president William Howard Taft, Toronto, Jan. 20, 1**9.

"Thomas Paine's words of two centuries ago are as valid today as when he uttered them: `My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.' In your continued quest of those ideals, ladies and gentlemen, all Canadians wish you Godspeed." Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau before the U.S. Congress, Feb. 22, 1977.

"The Dominion of Canada is part of the sisterhood of the British Empire. I give to you assurance that the people of the United States will not stand idly by if domination of Canadian soil is threatened by any other empire." President Franklin Roosevelt, Queen's University, Aug. 18, 1938.

"We have a powerful neighbour. Your massive strength, economic and military, excites a sense of wonder at its magnitude. The dedication of this power to the cause of freedom evokes the gratitude of all who love freedom everywhere. Your Canadian neighbours know that when you assumed the grave responsibilities you bear today, it was not of your choosing. And for what you have done, we honour you." Governor General Vincent Massey before the U.S. Congress, May 4, 1954.

"(Canadians) carried out the memorable Dieppe operation, in which one of those freak chances of war resulted in a casualty list of saddening proportions. Yet let no one tell you that the Dieppe affair was devoid of valuable results. I know of no other single incident that did so much to confirm convictions that the coastal fortifications in France could be successfully breached on a large scale. Moreover, out of that operation many battle leaders derived valuable lessons that were applied later to the amphibious operations in the Mediterranean, and still later, when we lunged across the Channel for the final invasion." Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, Ottawa, Jan. 10, 1946.

"Succeeding generations of Americans have known the wisdom of the philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote: `The way to have a friend is to be one.' Our two peoples, our two countries, have met that test in the past. We do so today, and I know that we shall in the future." Prime Minister Brian Mulroney before the U.S. Congress, April 27, 1988.

"The treaty that we sign today is testimony to the seriousness with which both our countries regard this critical environmental issue. And here is one that did take two to tango. Here is one where each had to give a little and take a little, and it's been worth it. And I think we're doing something good and sound and decent today." President George H.W. Bush, Ottawa, March 13, 19** after signing Canada-U.S. Acid Rain Treaty.

"I was talking last week to General de Gaulle in Paris ... (and he said) `You are always boasting, you Canadians, that you know the Americans better than anyone else.' Which is true. We really should. `What do you really think of them?' I was trying to find words to express at the same time my admiration and anxiety about the United States, and I said, `Well, General de Gaulle, as I have often put it in speeches in Canada, my feeling about the United States is this: To live alongside this great country is like living with your wife. At times it is difficult to live with her. And all times it is impossible to live without her.'" Prime Minister Lester Pearson, replying to a toast from President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Jan. 22, 1964.

"I think the United States and Canada are among the most fortunate countries in the world because we have such diversity ... What is the arrangement of government most likely to give us the best of all worlds, the integrity we need, the self-government we need, the self-advancement we need, without pretending that we can cut all the cords that bind us to the rest of humanity? I think more and more and more people will say, `This federalism ? it's not such a bad idea.'" President Bill Clinton, Mont-Tremblant, Que., Oct. 8, 1999.

Happy fourth, y'all.


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Thanks, James

by NickNielsen In reply to Canada and the US

Hope your Canada Day was a good one.

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I'm ready to celebrate the day Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum saved us

by Dr Dij In reply to Canada and the US

from the aliens, documented in 'Independence day'

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How cool. A belated Happy Dominion Day to you.

by seanferd In reply to Canada and the US

Make that "you" a plural. :)

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Well neighbor, James, friend

by Michael Jay In reply to Canada and the US

thanks for coming to The Gathering, wonderful to actually meet you, and so much fun was had. At this point it is actually the 4th of July, Independence day. I found that I have some really great fireworks so when the world turns to the darkness once again we will have a display.

Take care James, it was an honor to meet you.

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