I just became a citizen of Canada. I did the online ceremony with my wife and son.

I swore an Oath of Allegiance to the King of Canada, King Charles III. The Judge, who has been doing this for a while almost mentioned the Queen. An understandable minor slip. Quite emotional after the last week with the Queen's funeral on Monday.

I sang the National Anthem and God was still in there. Hallelujah. When we first came here and went to an ice hockey game the crowd stood and sang Oh Canada. I was moved to tears by the strength and belief in the words of the anthem being sung out. That is Canada to me.

This is a great country.

I sit in my Edwardian style English House built in 1912 looking out towards the hills and a volcano top in the distance on a blue sky day, wisps of cloud above...

And I process the journey and what being a Citizen means.


Canada, in the last few years since we arrived, has been facing challenges in my eyes which were not what I expected to see here. My Canadian friends tell me this also. A Christian basis for society is written out of State Education. A promotion of alternate gender, without parents being involved in State Education is confusing children and causing division among them. This is according to friends who witness what their own children face. Adults are, by force of social media or a sense of doing the wrong thing, unable to question without being attacked. The Rainbow, in all its forms, seems to be establishing control as an ideology that cannot be questioned. This is dangerous as it enables a State control to sneak in under its banner.

A massive spend during Covid has taken an almost debt free country into huge overdraft.

A peaceful demonstration in Ottawa by truckers was demonized and bank accounts frozen for people who supported these folk by the Government. Leaders of that event imprisoned. For what? I understand the State has kept the right to freeze your bank accounts in place. If you do something The State does not agree with, your mortgage (if you have one) might not be paid. So behave.

And yet today as I took the Oath, freedom of expression was one of the things I swore to uphold. Confusing.

And Benjamin was just too old to go into French Immersion School when we arrived. And having French is a door opener to many jobs here, particularly in Government. Interesting to learn the culture.