Dave Duncan

"Eat Well, Stay Fit, Die Anyway"

Eagle + Beaver = awesomeness

Last week I got a very exciting letter from the Canadian government which stated the date and time of my Canadian Citizenship exam.  After living in and around Canada for the better part of the last 11 years, I had a choice to make and I didn’t take it lightly. Not only is it going to be much easier for my taxes, general business-ownership and a future life in Canada, I really do find I feel “Canadian”.  Not being able to vote while living in Canada really bothered me and I know there are loads of arguments about a single vote not mattering, but take that right away and you feel it.

Now I have to study for a test which I’m pretty sure most Canadians would have a hard time with.  Luckily it’s mostly multiple choice with some short answer.  You can see the process and take a few practice tests here.  I didn’t do so well on the first attempt, but on others I’ve done ok, so I know I need to study.

If, nay WHEN, I pass I have to come back for a Citizenship oath.  Part of me feels excitement for it and part of me feels it’s pretty lame. Maybe it’s my US side that favours the excitement as it is an outward display of nationalism which I don’t like to show.

It would be nice to have some family and friends there ready to cheer my allegiance to the Queen (which contrary to our various discussions, Dave, I finally understand… No thanks to you 🙂 ).  They would hand me a little Canadian flag and I could kiss a photo of Sir John A. McDonald and Wayne Gretzky (as I’ve heard is tradition).  But do I really deserve such a celebration?

There will be a lot of people taking the oath with me and some will most likely be refugees or people who fled their ancestral home during a time of strife to come to a land filled with opportunity.  I met a girl and liked the people up here.  They had to endure camps and times of starvation.   I had to wait in line a bit at the border.

To be honest, it will be an honour to share this experience with other new Canadians no matter how they came to be in Canada.  When you get back Dave, we’ll have to debate the relevance of OUR Queen in today’s context and not just her place in OUR history. 🙂

-Karim-

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