Canada Urged To Swap National Symbol
October 29, 2011 by staff
Senator Nicole Eaton wants to replace the polar bear, the beaver as the official symbol of Canada.
She says the polar bear is Canada “mammal majestic and splendid”, and a powerful symbol of life of Aboriginal peoples in the north. She believes the white furry carnivore “strength, courage, ingenuity and dignity” are added to an appropriate symbol for Canada today.
Instead, she makes fun of beavers humble as a “Century 19 has been,” a “rat accidentally broken,” a “with teeth tyrant” and a nuisance that wreaks havoc on the environment.
Eaton recognizes the involuntary role in the founding of the beaver Canada – provides fashionable furs drove the fur trade – but she says it’s time for a change.
“Symbols of a country are not constant and can change over time, provided they reflect the spirit of the people and the spirit of the nation,” said Eaton to his Senate colleagues on Thursday. “The polar bear, with his strength, courage, ingenuity and dignity is perfect for the role.”
Eaton said the beaver should “step aside as an emblem of Canada, or at least share the honor with the majestic polar bear.”
The government responded that it plans to change the beaver as a national symbol.
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