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Quotes of the Day for 1 July 2004 – Canada Day

The first British North America Act, passed by the British parliament on 29 March 1867, went into effect on this day that year, creating the self-governing Dominion of Canada. This day was celebrated as Dominion Day until 1982 when the name was changed to Canada Day. "O Canada! ... True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free!"

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The quotes:

This is the flag of the future, but it does not dishonor the past.
     - Lester Bowles Pearson, on his country's new Maple Leaf flag

Perhaps the rediscovery of our humanity, and the potential of the human spirit which we have read about in legends of older civilizations, or in accounts of solitary mystics, or in tales of science fiction writers - perhaps this will constitute the true revolution of the future. The new frontier lies not beyond the planets but within each one of us.
     - Pierre Elliot Trudeau, 1919 - 2000

Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren't British, and to the British that we aren't Americans that we haven't had time to become Canadians.
     - Helen Gordon McPherson

We Canadians live in a blind spot about our identity. We have very strong feelings about who we aren't but only weak ones about who we are. We're passionate about what we don't want to become but oddly passive about what we should be.
     - John Cruickshank

Canadians are the people who learned to live without the bold accents of the natural ego-trippers of other lands.
     - Marshall McLuhan, 1911 - 1980

In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations - it's cold, half-French, and difficult to stir.
     - Stuart Keate


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