Since 1931, December 11 has been the anniversary of our legislative independence from the United Kingdom. Yet the federal government marks it annually by having facilities nationwide fly Britain's Union Jack. In many cases, provincial and civic buildings follow suit.
It's ridiculous and ironic to celebrate our independence by flying the flag of another country.
It makes as much sense as having a governor general decide our political future. An unelected office representing an overseas, non-Canadian monarch is the arbiter of Canada's constitutional authority? This is a national and international embarrassment. (Did you see The Daily Show on Monday?)
British flags have no business being flown for Canadian anniversaries, and foreign royalty and its vice-regals should not decide our state affairs. Our independence was achieved 77 years ago. It's more than time we grew up and acted that way.
By Wayne Adam