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Saturday 1 July 2006

National Anthem – Canada

What is the definition of a Canadian? Well, it is often said that it is a North American who is not an American (i.e. not a citizen of the United States). If I were to pick a country to go and live in and become a citizen of my instinctive choices would be quite limited, but certainly Canada would be very near the top of that list - except for one pretty important detail, the climate; I don't like severe cold. Canada became a self-governing dominion within the British Empire in 1867, has had legislative sovereignty since 1931, but surprisingly only repatriated its constitution in 1982, by an Act of the British Parliament passed at Canada's request. It is the second-largest country in the world after Russia. Canada does not have a team in the Football World Cup. Although it continues to recognise Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State and uses God Save the Queen when She is in the country, it has its own national anthem - O Canada! - as well:

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