Canada Day in Ottawa

  • November 15, 2018

My wife and I were flying to Ottawa to celebrate my son’s engagement. Despite my natural anxiety about preparing for the ceremony and the family visits, I was thinking about how a new country in North America had been established.

As the plane hovered over the eastern coast of Canada, I recalled how everything was started by Jacques Cartier, a French sailor from the seaport city of Saint Malo in Brittany. He sailed in 1534 with two ships to establish a stake in the New World. At the time European countries were involved in a frenetic race to make history and clone themselves in the glamorous New World. All wanted stakes. The news of the rich resources in the New World reached kings and queens, the rich and the powerful, sailors and warriors, opportunists and investors and all wanted a share.

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