Happy birthday, nation to the north!
For a very interesting post on some of the political developments that preceeded Confederation, see Randy McDonald.
At times, I wondered if there was a reason other than political inertia why the British didn't make the obvious concession to Canada, and grant representation in Parliament. Randy's post raises the possibility that the result of such a move would have been another Ireland.
Or not. I don't pretend to fully understand the dynamics of Irish independence, either. Can anyone explain why the British never moved to better integrate their remaining North American holdings with the British Isles? Was such a thing even considered before the first Imperial Federation proposals in 1884?
Still, Britain's loss was America's gain, in that we have a solid, strong, and very admirable neighbor to the north. So here's to the objectively fairest, justest, and best-managed polity on the North American continent. The only thing wrong with it (beside the weather) is that she just plain ain't my own.
Which is why, emotionally, I'll be celebrating the birth of the bestestest polity in North America three days from now. And one even better for the great example across the northern frontier. So, from a patriotic American, with all my heart, ¡Viva Canadá, viva!