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The Canadian Horse is a little known national treasure of Canada. This hardy breed descended from horses originally sent to the “New World” by King Louis XIV of France in the late 1600’s. These Norman and Breton horses were felt to be of Arab, Andalusian and Barb ancestry – traits of which can still be recognized in the Canadian Horse today.

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That is all the fault of the US making it necessary for us to have one to visit... fair dues....


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Subject: British news paper salutes Canada





This is a good read . It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words...
Sunday Telegraph Article
From today's UK wires: Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers, The Sunday Telegraph
LONDON - Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.

It seems that Canada 's historic mission is to come to the
selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and
then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.
Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the
hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire
breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow
dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is
repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower
still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the
floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

[ That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American
continent with the United States , and for being a selfless friend
of Britain in two global conflicts. For much of the 20th century,
Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a
part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and
that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the
gratitude it deserved.

Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom
in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy.
Almost 10% of Canada 's entire population of seven million people
served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly
60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded
by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the
entire British order of battle.

Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright
neglect, its unique contribution to victory being absorbed into
the popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the "British."
The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began
the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly
half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120
Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during
which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone. Canada
finished the war with the third-largest navy and the
fourth-largest air force in the world.

The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as
it had the previous time. Canadian participation in the war was
acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American
actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly
not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of course,
Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate
Canadian identity.

So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in
Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are
Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland,
Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David
Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Aykroyd have in
the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer,
British. It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a
Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood,
who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for
whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.

Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the
achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world
is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of
themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that 1% of the
world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping
forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the
greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates,
and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East
Timor , from Sinai to Bosnia .

Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular
on-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which
out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators.
Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely
Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the
Canadians received no international credit.

So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and
selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in
Afghanistan ? Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly
does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of
being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun.

It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud,
yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more
grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

**** ****
Please pass the on to any of your friends or relatives who served
in the Canadian Forces, it is a wonderful tribute to those who
choose to serve their country and the world in our quiet Canadian way.


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QUOTE(The Only MTS @ Feb 20 2007, 10:06 PM) [snapback]125487[/snapback]
What is bullshit?


Needing a passport to visit Canada and that the Canadian Soldiers are not given the respect and honor that are deserved by their selfless acts.

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QUOTE(MazdaCaddi @ Feb 25 2007, 01:08 AM) [snapback]127210[/snapback]
QUOTE(The Only MTS @ Feb 20 2007, 10:06 PM) [snapback]125487[/snapback]
What is bullshit?


Needing a passport to visit Canada and that the Canadian Soldiers are not given the respect and honor that are deserved by their selfless acts.


Thanks for clarifying my muddled mind.... wink.gif

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Yes we are dangerous people, free thinking and outwardly friendly.

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Benefits of being an Aeroplan Elite member.... being in the Executive Lounge and meeting the Trailer Park Boys.... shifty.gif HEY JET ARE YOU READING THIS???? laugh.gif

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