Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Right to Live Free -- Join the Election Day Blogburst

In 1960, the government of John Diefenbaker passed into law Canada's Bill of Rights. On Dominion Day, 1960, Diefenbaker affirmed what ought to be a mantra for all Canadians. --

"I am a Canadian,
a free Canadian,
free to speak without fear,
free to worship God in my own way,
free to stand for what I think right,
free to oppose what I believe wrong,
free to choose those who shall govern my country.
This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold
for myself and for all mankind."

There is no 'wiggle room' and there are no 'weasel words' in this solemn declaration. The Bill of Rights, standing in defense of our foundational and non-negotiable freedoms, remained the cornerstone of enunciated rights in Canada until 1982. Here's a partial roster of the blogburst contributers so far.

Five Feet of Fury
Small Dead Animals
Blazing Cat Fur
Ghost of a Flea
Covenant Zone
Halls of Macadamia
Deborah Gyapong
Dust My Broom

And they told two friends; and they told two friends; and so on, and so on ...

The Preamble to the Bill of Rights reads as follows:

The Parliament of Canada, affirming that the Canadian Nation is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, the dignity and worth of the human person and the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions;

Affirming also that men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law;

And being desirous of enshrining these principles and the human rights and fundamental freedoms derived from them, in a Bill of Rights which shall reflect the respect of Parliament for its constitutional authority and which shall ensure the protection of these rights and freedoms in Canada.

Pass this on. And join the Blogburst.

1 comment:

Chimera said...

The original quotation does not mention a specific diety. The line should be: "...free to worship in my own way..."

And the phrase "a free Canadian" is not in the original, either.