Good reason to be thankful

October 7, 2016   ·   0 Comments

IF FOR NO OTHER REASON than the timing, let’s celebrate the coming holiday weekend.

We’ve never understood why Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in the United States until late November, long after the last crops had been harvested east of California and north of Florida. Although once observed in Canada on a Thursday in November, its celebration was moved to the second Monday of October in 1931 and that has been the date proclaimed by Parliament since 1957.

At a point in our history when there seems to be lots to complain about, be it gun violence, soaring hydro prices or the weather, there’s surely much more that we can be thankful for.

Perhaps topping the list is the existence of a national medicare system that, despite its failings, is vastly superior to that in the U.S.

And perhaps we should give thanks that the biggest issue in Ottawa last week was whether the newly discovered birthplace of a cabinet minister should require her resignation.

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