They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Four beautiful doves flapping their wings against a clear blue sky with the Canadian flag in the background. As these doves symbolize, we are a country of peace, order, and good government, the same words written in our Constitution. Why aren’t we a country of “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” like our neighbour to the south, the United States? Because we are a low-key nation. Canada has always chosen to play the role of the peace dove around the world delivering humanitarian assistance wherever it is needed. As a middle-power country, just like a dove, Canada spreads the message of hope, peace, and compassion without throwing its weight around the world. Another reason for the different words in our Constitution is that our country was founded on different principles. While individual liberty and the pursuit of happiness are noble objectives, for Canada, a peaceful society along with a good (not a smaller) government are prerequisites to individual development. We see ourselves as members of a community, not atomized individuals.
To the rest of the world, Canada is a peaceful nation that welcomes people of all ethnic origins, sexual orientations, religions and creeds. Somehow, we have made this work through the years and from one wave of immigration to the next. There are no race or ethnic conflicts that can paralyze other nations. In what other countries can different communities so disparate in origins, cultural practices and beliefs live together in peace? Large cities such as Toronto and Vancouver have a reputation for giving rise to ethnic communities, but the appeal of Canada is that we can all participate in the Canadian culture while retaining our various identities.
Driving across the country will introduce the traveler to breathtaking mountains, oceans, lakes and rivers, all that Mother Nature has blessed Canada with. Whether in the mountains of British Columbia or enjoying the view of Niagara Falls in Ontario, one of the seven wonders of the world, there is a sense of peace and security knowing we are far away from the wars and conflicts on the other side of the world. Being lost in the beauty of this country can take your mind off whatever is afflicting the world today.
These are exactly the qualities that make Canada appealing to so many around the world. Just like the doves in the picture, Canada is peaceful, unassuming and has plenty to offer.