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July 1, 2013,

WELCOME  FRIENDS, VISITORS AND NEIGHBOURS  TO SATURNA’S  CANADA DAY LAMB BARBEQUE.

TODAY CANADA CELEBRATES THE 146 TH BIRTHDAY OF OUR CONFEDERATION. IT IS OUR NATIONAL PARTY DAY.

HERE ARE SOME FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CONFEDERATION.  WE PARTIED OUR WAY TO OUR UNION.  IF THE FATHERS OF CONFEDERATION WERE HERE TODAY THEY WOULD BE IN THE BEER GARDEN.

AT CHARLOTTETOWN, WHERE THEY FIRST MET IN 1864 TO CONSIDER UNITING THE FIVE   ORIGINAL  PROVINCES INTO ONE,  THE CANADIAN DELEGATION ROWED ASHORE IN AN OYSTER BOAT WITH A SHIP LOAD OF CHAMPAGNE FOR A WEEK OF LUNCHES, DINNERS AND DANCES. THE MEDIA COMPLAINED CONFEDERATION WAS AGREED TO BY POLITICANS WHO GOT DRUNK AT PUBLIC EXPENSE.

THE COMPETITION WAS A CIRCUS.  THE PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDERS WERE MORE INTERESTED IN THE ELEPHANTS.

WHEN THEY MET AGAIN IN QUEBEC TO CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS, REPORTS STATE THE DELEGATES WORKED ALL DAY AND DANCED AFTER MIDNIGHT ON A RIVER OF CHAMPAGNE.

WHEN THE QUEBEC LEGISLATURE DEBATED THE UNION, MEDIA REPORTED THE POLITICANS DRANK THE LOCAL  SALOONS DRY. TIRED, JADED AND HUNGRY, REPORTED THE MEDIA, THEY VOTED FOR CONFEDERATION.

WHEN THE FATHERS WENT TO LONDON TO URGE THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT TO RATIFY OUR CONSTITUTION, OUR FIRST PRIME MINISTER SIR JOHN A MACDONALD, A NOTED TIPPLER, SET HIS HOTEL ROOM ON FIRE WHILE READING BY CANDLELIGHT. THE MEDIA REPORTED THAT A BILL DEALING WITH DOG LICENCES CREATED MORE DEBATE IN THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT THAN CANADA’S CONSTITUTION.

BRITISH COLUMBIA DIDN’T JOINT CONFEDERATION UNTIL FOUR YEARS LATER. OUR FIRST MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND LATER PREMIER WAS CALLED HIMSELF AMOUR DE COSMOS, OR LOVER OF THE WORLD. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. HIS REAL NAME WAS BILL SMITH. HE WAS THE FIRST NOVA SCOTIAN TO BECOME A LEADING BC POLITICAN. THE LATEST, OUR MP ELISABETH MAY, FORMERLY OF NOVA SCOTIA ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE WILL ARRIVE BY WATER TAXI SHORTLY TO SAY HELLO.

THE FATHERS OF CONFEDERATION WERE ALL MALE AND ALL WHITE. TODAY HALF THE PROVINAL PREMIERS ARE WOMEN, A THIRD OF MP’S ARE WOMEN AND WE ARE A NATION OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY.  SO RAISE A GLASS AND YOUR VOICES TO JOIN SINGER SUE  KENDALL IN A JOYOUS  O CANADA. BEER DRINKER OR TEETOTALLER ,WE HAVE MUCH TO CELEBRATE!

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to my website. We’ve posted information here about my political work: the ongoing effort to preserve heritage lighthouses through the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, my official biography and key speeches that I delivered while serving as Senator for British Columbia.

Outside of federal politics, I’m also a long-time supporter of the Arthritis Society of Canada and the Arthritis Research Centre, the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden, the Emily Carr Foundation, and Music by the Sea. Information and these and about my memoir, Trade Secrets, are featured here, along with recent media coverage.

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