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June 26, 2004

Red Ensign Blogs

In the spirit of Milblogs I am opening a post to keep track of blogs flying one or another version of the Canadian Red Ensign (this function has now been suspended).

We had an aircraft carrier. Imagine that. Now we have metric and the CBC. It was a bad trade. I am proud to say this is one of a handful of countries in the whole world where you can arrive, work hard and send your kids to school in the hope of a better life. No matter your accent or appearance you will be Canadian. Try moving to France and see if you could do the same. It is true that Canada used to be a profoundly nativist country with some repellent ideas about race. It is also true the history of this country might be told as one of conquest and exploitation. Also, we had no cable television. We were far from perfect. Nobody sensible wants anything like that again.

But Canada has also been about exploration and entrepreneurialism and optimism. Half this country is made up of Hudson's Bay territory itself granted in a charter to the oldest corporation in the world. It was trade that drove the voyageurs to find the next river or the next lake. It was trade that inspired the search for the elusive northwest passage (soon to be a reality if global warming finally pays off).

This country has also been a force for liberty. The third largest navy in the world fed Britain through the dark days of the Blitz and Hitler's north Atlantic wolf packs. This is the country that took Vimy Ridge and that stormed Juno Beach. Let's bring back that Canada.

Update: November 2, 2005

After I wrote this post I kept track of people flying the Red Ensign at their websites. I no longer do so. I have no relationship with the Red Ensign bloggers (though I have got to know several of them) and from what I can make out my politics are well to the left of most of them.

More important: it has come to my attention that some racist groups use the Canadian Red Ensign as a symbol. This is a profound insult. Canadians fought and died at Juno Beach to oppose fascism and racism. It is a fight we have yet to win.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 26, 2004 10:41 AM

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