aside On 7/1/2017 Canadians Celebrated their 150th Birthday With No Prior Visit From The US President

Children prepare to participate in the East York Toronto Canada Day parade, as the country marks its 150th anniversary with ‘Canada 150’ celebrations, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 1, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Despite the rain, people wait in a security line to enter Parliament Hill during Canada Day celebrations as the country marks its 150th anniversary since Confederation, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada July 1, 2017. REUTERS/Blair Gable
The Edge and Bono of U2 perform during Canada Day celebrations as the country marks its 150th anniversary since confederation, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada July 1, 2017. REUTERS/Blair Gable
Britain’s Prince Charles meets with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada July 1, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
A national survey found that 74 per cent of Canadians believe the country achieved independence 150 years ago.
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Yesterday, our Canadian cousin to the north celebrated its 150th birtday. Our Canadian cousins celebrated their Canada Day in grand style. Even in the rain, there were crowds, a myriad of festivities, famous bands, fireworks with the Royals in town to share this momentous occasion.

We here in the USA join in with the World Wide Community in wishing all of our Canadian neighbors to the north, a Happy 150th Birthday.

 

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As per the 7/1/17 Reuters report by Leah Schnurr and Andrea Hopkins,  “About 500,000 people were expected to be in Ottawa for the long-anticipated Canada Day festivities, which features a large outdoor celebration in front of the national Parliament, complete with acrobats, fireworks and musicians, including singer Bono and other members of Irish rock band U2.”

“Trudeau, accompanied by Britain’s Prince Charles, shook hands with some of the thousands of revelers who converged on Canada’s capital Ottawa for the festivities.”

“Canada is a country made strong not in spite of our differences but because of them,” Trudeau told the gathering. “We don’t aspire to be a melting pot – indeed, we know true strength and resilience flows through Canadian diversity.”

“Some cities are celebrating in more unusual ways. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, will have a giant rubber duck floating in its harbor, while Calgary will have a “living flag” composed of people wearing red and white.”Image result for photos of rubber ducks in calgary

Image result for photos of rubber ducks in calgary for canada dayImage result for photos of rubber ducks in calgary for canada day“Security was already ramped up in the days ahead of the celebration and party-goers must contend with road closures and concrete barriers across entrances into Parliament Hill, located in downtown Ottawa.”

Saturday marks the 150th anniversary of the day Canada officially became a country. Britain had ruled it before 1867.

“The nationwide party comes as Canada is enjoying an unusual amount of interest from the rest of the world, largely due to the election of charismatic and selfie-prone leader Trudeau.”

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“Events and installations celebrating the sesquicentennial milestone have already been held across the country this year, with the total cost to the federal government reported to be half a billion dollars.”

“Along with fireworks, free museums and outdoor concerts nationwide on Saturday, more than 50 special ceremonies to swear in new citizens will be held across the country.”

“Twitter users were sharing their favorite Canadian songs and food, along with photos of the preparations under the hashtag Canada150.”

Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, take part in Canada Day celebrations as the country marks its 150th anniversary, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada July 1, 2017. REUTERS/Blair Gable

“Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Canada for an official visit on Thursday (6/29/17). The royals began a three-day tour of Canada with a trip to the northern territory of Nunavut, home to a large number of First Nations and Inuit people.’

“The bash in Ottawa will culminate with a musical fireworks show that is billed as largest-ever such display for Canada Day. It will last for 20 minutes and 17 seconds to commemorate 2017.”

We here in the USA join in with the World Wide Community in wishing all of our Canadian neighbors to the north, a Happy 150th Birthday.

Britain’s Prince Charles during Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill as the country marks its 150th anniversary in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 1, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

While I was enjoying reading all about our northern neighbors toasting to their 150th birthday on its July 1 Canada Day, I was reminded that the republican President Donald Trump has yet to pay a visit to Ottawa, as our past presidents have traditionally done, with rare exceptions.

But although, the prime minister did make the customary offer for our president to visit when he called the president to congratulate him on his win, there has been no follow-up and this time, Canadians are not feeling snubbed.

The handsome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did visit the US president at the White House in February 2017 where the attention that he garnered may have been disconcerting.

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On May 10, 2017, Alan Freeman of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump’s first foreign trip snubbed Canada. Canadians couldn’t care less.”

Excerpts:

“(In early May 2017), President Trump announced the itinerary for his first overseas trip since taking office, and one destination was noticeably absent from the list: Ottawa. By choosing to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican — followed by a NATO summit in Brussels and a Group of Seven meeting in Sicily — Trump defied the convention that U.S. presidents make their first foreign trips to Canada.”

“That custom isn’t always followed. But for Canadians, who are chronically insecure about their relationship with the United States, it’s usually seen as a sign of Canada’s standing in Washington. In the past, picking a destination other than Canada for that first trip abroad usually led to considerable hand-wringing.”

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre,

Image result for photo of barack obama in ottawa“In 2001, President George W. Bush opted to visit Mexican President Vicente Fox at Fox’s ranch in San Cristobal rather than head north to Ottawa, sparking suggestions that Canada had been unfairly ignored.”

“Eight years later, there was a collective sigh of relief when President Barack Obama, less than a month after his inauguration, flew up to frigid Ottawa for a six-hour visit whose highlight was a stop at a bakery for a BeaverTail, a flat, deep-fried pastry favored by skaters on the city’s frozen Rideau Canal.”

But with Trump, there hasn’t been a peep of protest from Canadian politicians or editorial writers.

Related image“When Trump was elected in November, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the usual congratulatory call and told the news media that he had invited the U.S. president for the traditional first visit north. “I reminded him of the tradition and extended an invitation for him to come up. He responded positively, but we’re still working with the incoming administration to finalize it,” Trudeau said.”

“There has not been any word about a potential visit to Ottawa since then. Trudeau’s first face-to-face meeting with Trump, in February, took place at the White House, not Canada’s Parliament.”

Image result for photo of trudeau“Srdjan Vucetic, a political scientist at the University of Ottawa, says it’s clear what’s going on. Trudeau has no desire to have Trump turn up in Canada and provoke massive protests, yet wants to keep relations with Washington as smooth as possible.”

“I imagine most governments that are not authoritarian have the same aim,” he continued. “Invite him — but not really.”

“Since Trump’s election, Canadians’ opinions of the United States have dropped to historic lows. According to the Environics Institute, a Toronto-based pollster and public policy group, only 44 percent of Canadians now hold a positive view of America, compared with 68 percent in fall 2012.”Image result for photo of parliament hill ottawa

“Small wonder, then, that government officials were quoted in Canadian media in January as saying that they would not be upset if a visit from Trump were delayed “for several months.” Cameron Ahmad, Trudeau’s spokesman, would not say what happened to Trudeau’s original invitation. “They did have a really successful visit, and we’re in regular communications with our counterparts in the U.S.,” he told The Washington Post.”

“So, while the invitation stands, it’s one RSVP that officials in the prime minister’s office are not anxious to receive.”

12 comments

  1. I ADORE the giant duck!!!! And the Canadians I know have mostly said they hope Trump never comes to visit Canada. He is a persona non grata in the UK, and given time, he will likely be in other nations too. Happy 150th birthday to all our Canadian friends!!!
    Hugs!!!

      • Dear 1EarthUnited,

        I don’t have a specfic answer to your question.

        But while, the huge rubber Ducky has been a hit around the world, it has not happened without controversy.

        As per a 5/29/17 CBS Toronto news item, “A six-storey rubber duck won’t call Toronto waterfront home until this summer — but it’s already making waves in the Ontario legislature.”

        “The 13,600-kilogram rubber duckie drew criticism, and many puns, from the Progressive Conservative tourism critic as he questioned why the province would help pay to bring the Instagrammable bath toy to Canada for a visit.”

        “People are already treading water, trying to pay their bills, and you float this rubber ducky right in their faces?” Rick Nicholls said.”

        Funded festival for 3 years running

        “The province gave the Redpath Waterfront Festival a $121,000 grant toward its annual Canada Day celebrations, which will be magnified in keeping with the country’s 150th birthday.”

        “Minimum wage raise announcement coming Tuesday, Ontario premier says
        Rubber Ducky is being billed as the perfect selfie backdrop by the festival — and as a tourist attraction by the province.”

        “We’re not ducking any of these questions,” Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon said during question period, noting that the funding is for the festival and not the duck specifically.”

        ​”We’ve actually been funding that festival for the past three years and we’re funding them again … because they create jobs, they do a fantastic job, and they bring in tourists,” she told reporters later.”

        Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Jill,

      The duck is a big hit. This president will have a difficult time feeling welcomed in non totalitarian regimes and this is probably why, he looks uncomfortable at events where non totalitarian countries are present.

      I am worried about the upcoming G20 summit being held in Hamburg, Germany.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Yes, I have been giving much thought to the G20 also, and I find myself wishing Trump would come down with a severe case of strep throat or hives or something … ANYTHING … to keep him from further embarrassing us and further shredding our reputation around the globe.

        And despite the controversy, I still LOVE the duck! Wish we could have it here sometime … 🙂

        Hugs!!!

    • Dear Kim,

      Who wouldn’t be fascinated by the big duck? I don’t think that he’ll be heading North anytime in the near future. When it comes to photo-op opportunities, he is too outclassed. His vanity couldn’t take it.

      Hugs, Gronda .

    • Dear Roger,

      We would all be cringing, thinking of ways that we could keep him busy, occupied and out of the way. He is too much work to have as a guest.

      Hugs, Gronda

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