I am working right now on designing the t-shirt for this year's Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair (May 5 here at the Galt Museum & Archives). This is the 16th year of the fair so we've had many different t-shirts over the years and I want something different for this year. So I decided to go with a quote -- a great Canadian quote about who we are and how we relate to our history.
It was interesting to research and see some of the different quotes. Below are some that I found including the one I used on the t-shirt. Which one would you use? If you want to know which one I picked, you'll have to drop by the fair in May.
Canadians are the people who learned to live without the bold accents of the natural ego-trippers of other lands. - Marshall McLuhan
Canadians have an abiding interest in surprising those Americans who have historically made little effort to learn about their neighbor to the North. - Peter Jennings
The US is our trading partner, our neighbour, our ally and our friend...and sometimes we'd like to give them suck a smack! - Rick Mercer
There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people. - Sir Winston Churchill
Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren't British, and to the British that we aren't Americans that we haven't had time to become Canadians. - Helen Gordon McPherson
Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die. - Pierre Trudeau
I am so excited about Canadians ruling the world. - John Diefenbaker.
I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. - John Diefenbaker.
We'll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us. - Andy Barrie.
Let us be French, let us be English, but most importantly let us be Canadian! - John A. Macdonald
The beaver, which has come to represent Canada as the eagle does the United States and the lion Britain, is a flat-tailed slow-witted, toothy rodent known to bite of its own testicles or to stand under its own falling trees. - June Callwood
If you don't think that your country should come before yourself, you can better serve your country by livin' someplace else. - Stompin' Tom Connors
It's going to be a great country when they finish unpacking it. - Andrew H. Malcolm
Canadians, like their historians, have spent too much time remembering conflicts, crises, and failures. They forgot the great, quiet continuity of life in a vast and generous land. A cautious people learn from its past; a sensible people can face its future. Canadians, on the whole, are both. - Desmond Morton
Some Americans ruin it for other Americans. You know these Americans: "Oh, we're the best country on earth, and we do this better, and we do that better, and we're better at this than anybody else. Why does anyone want to kill us?" I don't understand. Cause Canadians, we're not like that. We're better than that. - Glen Foster.
Did you make your choice?