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Published on June 27, 2014

Eric and Eva Defouni and son Evric, Montreal, Que. – “I travel a lot across the country, East Coast and West Coast. My biggest point about being Canadian is the diversity that we have. We have such a large territory and it’s all different east to west. So, when you go from B.C. to Ontario and across Alberta and Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and P.E.I., I find we have very different viewpoints on day-to-day stuff but at the same time we're all very proud of our nation. What it means to me is it’s great to have a country that’s so diverse but at the same time feel like it’s part of what we have that unites us all. I find worldwide we’re always well accepted, well approved. People are always interested to hear about us. We rarely have hatred shown towards us. People tend to always respect us as a nation and that means a lot. We’re pretty much seen as a neutral nation worldwide on the political scene. That gives us something special where we can mingle and no matter who we talk to, we can talk and we’re not being seen as a threat or being seen as trying to control the world.”

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Jeff Soper, Corner Brook, N.L. – “The best thing about being Canadian is being able to enjoy all of our wide open spaces and our natural resources — being able to go hunting, fishing and camping whenever you prefer. Other places in the world are so much more populated. We have such large expanse of wide open, untouched spaces, you can really get out and enjoy nature and get away from all the rest of the Canadians.”

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Jenny Mitson, Avondale, N.S. – “I guess I'm not officially a Canadian but I do kind of feel like I am. I'm a permanent resident, which isn't a Canadian citizen so I still have a British passport, but there's such a feeling of community here and I feel like I'm part of one big, enormous family.” Mitson immigrated to Canada from England in 2006.

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Frona Ripley and Elaine Reid (right), Kentville, N.S. – “Everything in the whole world,” says Frona. “Everything. I would rather be right here than anywhere else,” adds Elaine.

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Adrian Montfort-Guy and Matthew Guy, Paradise, N.S. – “When I moved here from England 8 years ago with Matthew, we were just "the English couple" not the gay couple. Being Canadian gave a kind of anonymity where our sexuality was the least interesting part about us. Being Canadian means that I have become part of something bigger, more inclusive, something that I genuinely feel attached to.”

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Regan Zscheile, Belmont, N.S, – “I’m very proud to be Canadian because there are so many opportunities here and I feel whatever I want to do in life, I can do it.”

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Douglas Rollwage, Charlottetown, P.E.I. – "As a first-generation immigrant, to me Canada means a home of freedom, opportunity and generosity. Being a Canadian means taking seriously our rights as well as our responsibilities, our freedoms as well as our obligations. I think immigrants have a special awareness of not taking Canada for granted!"

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Ron Kelly Spurles, Sackville, N.B. – “Being a Canadian to me means having the freedom to do what I want to and share my ideas and opinions. It means safety and security and endless possibilities for my children. And it means appreciating the sacrifices of all of those who have gone before us and who have made this possible.”

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Sheraton Simmons, Whitney Pier, Cape Breton – "I'm happy to be Canadian because there's other people in the world that don't have all the rights that we have and we're lucky to have what we have and we should be happy with it."

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Michelle Scott, New Glasgow, N.S. – "Tall green grass, beautiful oceans, tall mountains and swaying trees. Canada is not just a country to me. It's my home. I have grown up here took my first steps here went to school here met all my great friends here and fell in love here. Now, I am raising my three beautiful children here. We as Canadians have so much to be proud of. We have many great musicians and athletics and best of all, we have freedom.”

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Canada, England, Quebec UK Paradise East Coast West Coast B.C. Ontario Alberta Manitoba New Brunswick

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  • Asegid Tessema
    June 28, 2014 - 19:54

    i have sponsored my wife and my 3 years old daughter, the application for proof of citizenship for my daughter has been submitted since 2011 and later the application for sponsorship has been submitted and finalized meaning my wife has the entrance visa to come to this great and wonderful country. my question is how on earth specially from citizenship office have the guts to separate a 3 years old kid from her mother, i just can't imagine that as a proud Canadian. what happened to the wonderful good heart of Canadian that i know of? i do not know how am i going to enjoy this coming Canadian day celebration when everyone is having a good time but i have been contained with this feeling caused by this office for no apparent reason. i have called in so many times the answer from every one that i spoke to has been to call back after a month, sometimes after two month and the last one was three month. nobody seems to help me understand what the problem is. The reason i am writing this to this media outlet is; 1- The office for processing this application is located in your home town and you might have to know someone who can help me understand what the problem is 2- I used to think that citizenship office that level has a good code of ethics, responsibility, accountability, and so on not on my case 3- for the question about what CANADA mean to me; my answer is still the same and that is; IT IS ABOVE AND BEYOND EVERYTHING FROM THE COUNTRY I HAVE EVER SEEN. and Long live Canada. one last thing is i should say to you and your family out there is HAPPY CANADA DAY, and i will remember the celebration with the absence of my family in mined. may God bless Canada regards Asegid