Quarrelling over a pointless and unnecessary war:
“The Americans won the war,” declares a 34-page civics guide issued to prospective citizens by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Canadian guide notes the pre-Confederation British colonies “defeated an American invasion.”
“Believing it would be easy to conquer Canada, the United States launched an invasion in June 1812,” reads page 17 of Discover Canada.
“The Americans were mistaken.”
On the weekend, Immigration Minister John McCallum hinted the Canadian citizenship guide’s retelling of the War of 1812 would be pared down.
“If you ask an average Canadian what Canada means, maybe they’ll say hockey, maybe they’ll say something else, they’re not likely to say the War of 1812,” he told CBC’s The House on Saturday.
Saying that the guide was threaded through by an “ideological element,” McCallum added, “I’m not anti-military, but I do think it was a little heavy on the military.”
Yes we used to call that "ideological element" Canadian patriotism. Naturally the new "Liberalized" citizenship guide will be entirely free of any ideological bias whatsoever. It will just feature pictures of Lester Pearson picking up his Nobel Prize and Pierre Trudeau looking suitably dramatic. My guess is that the only Conservative to appear in the new and improved guide will be John A himself. They haven't as yet figured a way to airbrush our first PM out of the history books. Though I'm sure the guide will explain how very, very mean he was to hang Louis Riel.