Why DO you exist?!
Every year…this day rolls around and I find a number of individuals (Canadian and otherwise) who wonder WHY this day exists. It has been compared to the American Independence Day…but Canada didn’t fight for this moment in history like the US so the word “independence” had no place.
So to all those who wondered what ever happened on July 1st in Canada to warrant a national holiday with fireworks and festivities, your answer reads below.
Until 1982, Canada day was known as “Dominion Day,” the day that celebrates the enactment of the British North American Act (now called the Constitution Act) which united three British Colonies into one empires called “Canada.”
Canada became a kingdom in its own right on that date but the British Parliament kept limited rights of political control over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982 when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.
While we no longer have any political ties to England, there are still strong emotional ties. That is what brings the newly wed Prince William and Princess Kate to Canada today to celebrate with the country in our capital Ottawa (yes, that IS our capital, not Toronto 🙂 for the day.
So to all those who are Canadian, like Canadians, or would want to be a Canadian; join us in celebrating the birth of the true North strong and free! 🙂