I didn't get to attend this big party on the St Lawrence. But a few months before we moved to Canada my dad hauled out some 8mm film he had taken when he visited the city during the magic summer of Expo 87. And we kids were amazed.
We knew we were going to a really big and cold country with igloos and bears....which was pretty exciting.
But who knew we were going to Disneyland?!!!!
By the time I got there most of the pavilions had been torn down. I only go there nowadays when I go to the Canadian Grand Prix. Or watch the fireworks show at La Ronde. But it's still a special place.
As it is for so many Canadians.
"It was like a fairy tale brought into our world......There were tensions but there was hope. It was a period of great achievements...."
"It was like an old Star Trek movie. People thought we'd all end up living in domes and riding monorails."
"We were happy then. And we didn't even know it."
A time when Canadians dreamed big dreams and everything seemed possible....
So what happened? We still have the golden memories. But we seem to have lost the Big Dreams.
Somewhere along the line we lost confidence in ourselves. Maybe Quebec's growing pains turned Canadians against each other. Maybe our politicians are such hacks they can't inspire us to do great things. It's just cheap politics all the time.
Maybe free trade gutted us so much, that too many Canadians started thinking like Americans.
Like Stephen Harper's Cons do. Mimicking the Bush White House like pet monkeys. By lying to Canadians.
The rest of us need to understand: This government lies to us without compunction or apology about the most important files a government can be asked to handle.
And sounding more and more like fascists.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested to police officers on Thursday that they could help the federal government with its law and order agenda by lobbying opposition MPs to pass crime bills before Parliament.
Politicizing the police force? What kind of junta general does Great Primped Leader think he is?
OMG. Isn't that scary? Soon they'll ALL be wearing sunglasses..
But despite this waking nightmare, I am still confident that Stephen Harper won't succeed in turning this country into a pathetic stunted copy of the United States.
Because forty years after Expo 67 some of that faith in ourselves lives on. And we know that we don't have to copy anyone to be great.
We can just be Canadians and build the kind of beautiful,tolerant, modern, progressive society WE want. And not something that looks like the crazy jungle of Bush Amerika.
Because if Expo 67 taught us anything it's that when Canadians dream big. Dream our own dreams. We can do anything.
Happy Anniversary Expo!!! I'm sorry I couldn't be there. But thanks for making me believe in the greatness of Canada...
Before I even arrived.
Although I am still waiting for the igloos and the bears...