This weekend Canada celebrates her sesquicentennial birthday. Saturday is the 150th anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, uniting the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.
Toques off to a land so polite they had to pass a statue barring apologies as an admission of guilt. From the loop canada:
"The “Apology Act“, passed in 2009, is a direct result of Canada’s overuse of the word “sorry”. See, once upon a time, lawyers in court were probably able establish guilt quite easily. All they would have to do is prove someone apologized at the time of the incident and presto! the verdict would swing in their favour.
Of course, in Canada, such a trend would create massive problems, as everyone says sorry whether they are at fault or not. That’s why lawmakers cleared it up, stipulating that an apology of any kind “means an expression of sympathy or regret” and not “an admission of fault or liability in connection with the matter to which the words or actions relate.”
Only in Canada would such a law be necessary. Only in this country can you be rear-ended, exit your car and apologize to the person who just hit you."
Grab a Molson and a plate of poutine, put on The Hip, and celebrate Canada!
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