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Our Canada Forever!
“Dominion Day” – not the bland ”Canada” Day – is what we celebrate and, of course, under Canada’s real flag the Red Ensign. The very name “Dominion” comes from the Bible. Canada’s founding/settler people were Europeans and overwhelmingly Christian. The word Dominion suggests a stewardship over the vast sweep of the top half of the North American continent: “He shall have dominion from sea even unto sea, and from the great river unto the ends of the earth.” (Psalm 72:8)
Our Red Ensign dramatically symbolizes the European/Christian character of this nation and its founder/settler people. Note the Union Jack which reminds us that our legal system, our main language and our political system and much of our culture is British. Note, too, the symbols of Ireland, Scotland and France, reminders of the huge role these people have played in the development of Canada. Note, too, the Christian cross within the Union Jack, that reminds us that Christian compassion lies beneath many of the institutions we cherish, like medicare and a social safety net.
So, to all my readers and friends, a very Happy Dominion Day.
CANADA FIRST IMMIGRATION REFORM COMMITTEE
Proclamation requiring celebration of July 1st:
on June 20, 1868 a proclamation issued by the Governor General, Lord Monck, enjoined and called upon all Her Majesty's loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the celebration of the Anniversary of the formation of the Dominion of Canada on the 1st of July, 1868. This proclamation, a copy of which is attached, was published in the Canada Gazette on Saturday, June 20, 1868.
Lorne White writes: “Psalm 72:8 - He shall have dominion from sea even unto sea, and from the great river unto the ends of the earth.
In my country, today is Canada Day, which celebrates 131 years of the confederation of four British colonies into the "Dominion of Canada".
It used to be called Dominion Day, and, perhaps because it occurs after schools recess for the summer, not enough has been done to explain it in schools or at public events, so we've lost knowledge of the apparently small things which form Canada's greatness. Canada was, after all, the first country in the world to gain its independence peacefully from another, which is no small thing, but we were not taught that in school.
The marvellous story of how my country's name derives from the prayer of a politician can be found in the Canadian Encyclopedia, as told by the late Senator Eugene Forsey. At the London Conference, in 1866, "the Fathers of Confederation wanted to call the new nation the 'Kingdom of Canada', but the British government, fearing the sensitivity of Americans to references to the Crown, and anxious not to antagonize them after the American Civil War, insisted the Fathers find another title."
Sir Leonard Tilley went back to his hotel room, prayed on the matter, and took out his Bible, which opened to Psalm 72:8. He suggested "Dominion", because the verse described the country as hand fits glove: "He shall have dominion from sea even unto sea, [Atlantic to Pacific] and from the great river [St. Lawrence] unto the ends of the earth [the Arctic]." Forsey continues, "The Fathers suggested that [the name 'Dominion'] was intended to give dignity to the federation, and as a tribute to the monarchical principle. Under the Constitution Act, 1982, 'Dominion' remains Canada's official title."