Saturday evening we enjoyed the annual fund raising dinner of the Georgetown Rotary Club of which my father-in-law is a member. Before the meal, we sang the Canadian national anthem. I found myself fighting back tears. The Harper’s government signed an Inter-governmental agreement to betray banking information to the IRS of US citizens living in Canada, thus enforcing FATCA, an extraterritorial law made in Washington–a law which claims global jurisdiction over bank account information. Since many of these so-called “US citizens” are Canadians living on Canadian soil, they are part of that collective nation we call “Canada”. “True patriot love in all thy sons command!” Yet clearly, the current elected leaders have cynical intentions: money is more important to them than protecting Canada as “the True North strong and free”. I sang with a heavy not a “glowing heart” as I see Canada’s sovereignty weaken and her freedom diminish.
“From far and wide”, means that Canada consists of every citizen who lives within the borders of this country, from Atlantic to Pacific.
O Canada is noble and beautiful song. It is an oath and singing it with “True Patriot love” should be considered an expatriating act under US law, and the hundreds of times that we sing, “We stand on guard for Thee”, must under US law count as a oath to a foreign land. Everyone who reads this blog and is a Canadian citizen has sung this oath many times. When we Canadians sing it, we vow to protect the rights of all Canadians. The French version makes this even more explicit (my translation):
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
(“Your story is one of epic of the most shining exploits. And your valor, steeped in faith, will protect our homes and our rights” )
In French, Canadians sing as a collective to defend the homes and rights of all Canadians. But we live in a generation of vow-breakers. Unfortunately, the Harper finance department does not take this oath seriously and has agreed to turn over our sovereignty to the USA, by abusing the equality rights of those Canadians whose birth incidentally took place at a US address. This treachery saddens me.
We must urge the Harper government to keep their oath to stand on guard for Canada. To protect Canada is their first and primary mandate.