Over the last 15 years, I have conducted business in over 30 countries and even spent a couple of years living overseas in Asia. Anytime people found out I was Canadian, they were friendly and very curious about how life was as a Canadian. One of the most memorable was in Vietnam. The local customs agents spent 15 minutes asking “what life was in a “great” country like Canada”. They called it a land of opportunity where they thought anyone coming in has a chance to build a better life.
I remember standing in countless airports, starring at the maple leaf on the tail of an Air Canada plane. Feelings of pride running through my body as a citizen of one of the most admired countries in the world. Canadians living in Canada often underestimate what it means to be Canadians and I wanted to write a couple of entries about some of the reasons we should be proud.
There are dozens of reasons to be a proud Canadian but here are some of mine:
- We have incredibly innovative Canadians that have positively contributed to the world (more on this later)
- Our national healthcare system. It is far from perfect and could use improvement but at least every Canadian is taken care of.
- A culture of tolerance and acceptance. Canada is richer because of its multicultural society. We have helped thousands of families from war torn countries rebuild a brighter future for their children.
- We are a relatively peaceful country.
- We are a bilingual
- We have a beautiful democracy where very different opinions co-exist peacefully (Regardless of how different. )
- A passport that is accepted and respected in any country without issue.
I will write about some Canadians that have contributed to the world. Things we can all be proud of coast to coast.