My mother tongue was German, and this was in the day when you still had ex-army dudes on mechanic's creepers sitting outside the Iroquois Hotel with their tin cups and no legs.
It was not always the best of times.
But I grew up with a certain sense of what this adopted country was all about.
My dear daddy told me many times that we ended up in Canada because it was a less militaristic society than some of the other options.
That was one thing that always stuck in my mind.
The fact that Canada, very early on, was a destination for escaped slaves instead of the place they were escaping was something that stuck with me too.
We seemed to be just a bit ahead of the curve on all sorts of compassionate causes.
We were peace-keepers, not war-mongers. We cared about the environment. We believed in free health care for everybody and we brought in gun control.
That was then.
This is now;
- Here's a story about Steven Harper praising the new Australian PM on scuttling the carbon tax
- Here's a story about Canada weaseling loopholes into the international prohibition against cluster bombs
- Here's John Baird poo-poohing the Iran deal negotiated this weekend
When did we vote for that?