A Canada Day Salute from one of Ireland’s favourite sons

U2’s Bono Praises Canada as a nation that ‘opens doors’ rather than ‘builds walls’ … that ‘leads while others follow’

A Brief One to share from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

Posted July 1st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Before this 150th anniversary of Canada Day is over, I want to share this moment with you if you missed CBC’s broadcast of the afternoon festivities at Canada’s big birthday party on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

U2’s Bono pays tribute to Canada for opening up arms, doors.

Bono, front man of the legendary rock group U2 and a long-time champion of humanitarian causes around the world, took time out from the band’s ongoing global tour to attend Canada’s country and praise the country for standing by policies that reflect compassion and inclusivity in a world where – in these times – there are too many forces pushing the other way.

 “When others build walls, you open doors,” said Bono to those, including Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, gathered on Parliament Hill for the festivities before singing a song. “When others divide, your arms are open wide. Where you lead, others follow.”

To watch a video of Bono’s appearance at this July 1st’s Canada Day party, click on –

.Before I end, I mentioned in a Canada Day piece I posted on NAL earlier this July 1st that a Canadian writer, Stephen Marche, recently had a very thoughtful column about Canada published in the New York Times.

A few lines from that column fit well, I think, with Bono’s brief remarks on Parliament Hill.

Here is an excerpt from Stephen Marche’s column

“Nationally, Canada has been spared the populism that has swallowed the rest of the Western world because there is not, and has never been, such a thing as a “real Canadian.” Kevin O’Leary — Canada’s supposed answer to Donald Trump — ended his campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party, even though he was leading in the polls, because he couldn’t speak French well enough to win an election. To lead this country, you must be able to navigate multiple languages and multiple cultures. Our longstanding identity crisis has suddenly turned to a huge advantage — we come, in a sense, pre-broken.

Pierre Trudeau, Justin’s father, articulated Canada’s difference from other countries perfectly: “There is no such thing as a model or ideal Canadian,” he said when he was prime minister in 1971. “What could be more absurd than the concept of an ‘all Canadian’ boy or girl? A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.” Despite this country’s manifold failures to uphold its ideals, its core vision has turned out to be much more sophisticated than America’s “E pluribus unum.”

You can read Stephen Marche’s entire New York Times column on Canada by clicking onhttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/opinion/sunday/canada-doesnt-know-how-to-party.html .

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders


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