I AM CANADIAN, AND I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS AMAZING COUNTRY!
A few facts about being Canadian.
Canadian Confederation date was July 1,1867.
We speak the Queen's English and spell things funny like - colour - others spell it color.
We say we are out and about (pronounced aboot)
When we say the alphabet at the end we don't say 'zee', we say 'zed'.
We are a friendly people and wave at strangers, sometimes albeit it may be a 1 fingered wave, but its a wave just the same.
We don't live in igloos and it is NOT winter all year long.
Hockey is not our official National Sport, Lacrosse is.
* But hockey is one of our passions. "He shoots! He scores!"
Shinny refers to an informal game of hockey that is played on streets, neighborhood ice rinks, ponds and at rec centres.
Most Canadians can hum a few bars of the original Hockey Night in Canada theme song.
Our constitutional head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, whom I affectionately call Betty Windsor.
We have a Prime Minister and our parliamentary system is based on the British constitutional parliamentary system.
Our National Police Force is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who are famous for their musical ride and red serge dress uniforms.
We have 10 provinces; British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick. There are three territories Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. (Most kids know this in grade school)
We have two official languages, English and French.
We are a very multicultural country and we welcome diversity.
We don't have a dollar bill or two dollar bill instead we have coins $1 is a looney, $2 is a toonie.
We like poutine, which is french fries with cheese curds and gravy - OMG!
The beaver is our national animal.
We aren't 'hosers' like Bob & Doug McKenzie. "Good Day Eh!"
Our flag is red and white with a maple leaf in the centre <--Cdn spelling :)
We have the best maple syrup and Canadian back bacon.
When you say I'll have a "Double Double" Canadians know you are ordering a Tim Horton's coffee! (hopefully with a Canadian Maple donut on the side)
Tim Horton's was around before Starbucks. Timmies opened up in 1964.
In 2011 according to census statistics Canada's population was 34.6 million.
We have universal healthcare for all Canadians.
We love kitschy oversize figurines in our cities; Mr. P.G in Prince George, a giant Ukrainian Easter Egg in Vegreville Alberta, giant Nickel in Sudbury, Giant Canada Goose in Wawa, Ontario.
We share Niagara Falls with the United States.
Our National anthem is O Canada and we sing it in both English and French.
But most importantly we don't say 'Eh'.