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Canadian Senator Bear Beaver

October 29, 2011 by staff 

Canadian Senator Bear Beaver, The conservative senator, who this week called the polar bear to replace the beaver as a national symbol of Canada animals equally passionate gave a speech last year in Parliament holding the flat-tailed rodents – now derides as a “rat accidentally broken “- as the role in” The foundation of our country. ”

Senator Nicole Eaton, who on Thursday rejected the “tyrant with teeth” as a “has-been 19thcentury,” used his speech last June to cite with admiration the famous fur trade historian Harold Innis, saying: “The history of Canada has been deeply influenced by the habits of an animal that occupies a worthy place in their coat of arms. The Beaver “.

Eaton added: “As we dig deeper, we find that (Innis) reveals the truth about the founding of our country.”

The remarkable evolution of thought Eaton’s two flagship species of Canada has taken the view that the beaver should “step aside as an emblem of Canada, or at least share the honor with the majestic polar bear.”

He noted in his speech on Thursday that many Canadians now believe the beaver as a “nuisance that wreaks havoc on farmland, roads, lakes, rivers and tree plantations.”

Meanwhile, he argued, the polar bear is not only “of Canada’s most majestic and magnificent mammal,” but also a “powerful figure in the material, spiritual and cultural life” of the Inuit of Canada.

The beaver, though often described as “worker” rather than majestic, has held a similar position in the cultures of many First Nations in Canada.

The word “beaver” has joined hundreds of physical characteristics, communities in Canada and a group of indigenous Athapaskan-speaking people in BC and Alberta.

A graceful image of rodent dambuilding first Canadian postage stamp, the beaver four quarters in 1851.

Last year, Eaton said the “beaver fur trade largely determined at the beginning of Canada’s physical and political development,” adding that “these traders carved border on earth roughly coincides with the current limits Canada. ”

Eaton has said in several speeches in the Senate that he intends to make his mission to help educate Canadians about their history and heritage and forge a more unified national identity.

“Canada is far behind other countries to address the issue of social cohesion and national identity”, said in a speech in June 2009.

The senator was born in Montreal to Ontario, who was appointed to the post by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in January 2009, traces his own ancestry Guillemette Couillard, “my grandmother 11 generations away” and the “first woman born in New France “, according to his first speech in Parliament in February 2009.

Since then, Eaton has drawn the attention of his colleagues in the Senate to the anniversaries of great battles of the First World War, the importance of the Group of Seven in Canadian art and the “false facts” used by some critics to attack the oil sands of Canada and key U.S. pipeline proposal

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