Jul 01 2007

On Canada Day, Quebec is the place to party

This Canada Day, as usual, the distinct society of Quebec is getting far more than its fair share of federal-sponsored fireworks and face-painting.

Quebec will get $3.7 million this year for Canada’s birthday bash, compared with $3 million for the rest of the country. Maybe it’s because the French settlers were really the first Europeans to stake a claim in the far north and help found this country.

Maybe it’s because we want to keep those settlers’ modern-day descendants within Confederation. Old fashioned laying down of tribute is always a winning idea.

Whatever. Pretty much as far from Ottawa as can be, us west coasters are having a great time soaking up the sunshine with maple leafs painted on our faces and a bottle of local-brewed Granville Island Honey Lager in our patriotic grip.

And you didn’t even have to bribe us.

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