CANADA, you’re not everything I’d like you to be. You’re flawed.
Like an uncertain child, you stumble from time to time. You make poor choices now and then, but I’m not disappointed in you. I’m disappointed in those who refuse to come to your birthday party.
Because, Canada, I forgive you your trespasses.
Those who are unhappy about this birthday party forget that a country isn’t defined by individuals or a single generation. It’s about the spirit, the intent, the total record of a people, not one person or a few; it’s about values and commitment in the long-term, not a day or a year out of a lifetime.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.