With the ever so constant reminder of the declining state of the world economy and the realization that everything we thought to be sound, secure, and solid has been proven otherwise, one realization has stuck with me throughout the ordeal. I am Canadian and I am damn proud of it. Don't get me wrong...I am not your flag waving, chest pumped, anthem singing patriot but more so your run of the mill average Canadian dude. This country if filled with "Average Canadians" like myself that when forced to look deep inside are ever so proud of our nationality and identity.
The world's view of that identity can portray us as people of little intellect and sophistication but I'm pretty sure that view has changed in recent times. Our banking system is rock solid and our nature of living within our means is very honourable. Perhaps we are laid back and tend to take a "wait and see" approach as a nation but there is something to be said about living relatively stress free existences in the grand scheme of things. We just want to pay our bills, feed our families, have beers in the fridge, fish in our rivers, gas in our trucks and the odd week day off for that quality time on the tribs Eh!