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What we celebrate when we celebrate Canada Day – The Star

July 1, 2024
Canada is a country built on precarious compromise, not tethered across our vast geography and diverse communities by language, blood or soil.

There’s little doubt that the tenor of Canada Day has changed in recent years.

Sure, for some, the holiday remains an easygoing summer celebration accompanied by concerts in the park, barbecues, community gatherings, fireworks and a little maple leaf swagger.

But for a growing group of others, expressions of national pride and satisfaction are more subdued, tempered by acknowledgments of this country’s historic failures and contemporary shortcomings.

For others still, any celebration of Canada is entirely unthinkable, so shameful and broken a place our country has seemed to become.

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