I am a Canadian, a free Canadian,
Free to speak without fear,
Free to worship God in my own way,
Free to stand for what I think right,
Free to oppose what I believe wrong,
Free to choose those who shall govern my country.
This heritage of freedom, I pledge to uphold
For my self and all mankind.
John Diefenbaker laboured long through the night on June 30 th., 1960 to bring The Canadian Bill of Rights before Parliament, and it was accepted and signed on Canada Day, July 1 st., 1960. Our Pledge is an excerpt of that famous document.
In our small town of Smiths Falls, our School Board gave this young principal of New Aberdeen School the honour of having his class recite Our Pledge for national T.V. cameras. It was used in our classrooms of Lanark County until 1995, even after our Supreme Court took God out of the classroom. Let's reconsider. Our Pledge is so carefully worded that is all inclusive. What a great way to start a school day! It unites all races, creeds, and colours in our great nation. It belongs right up there with our flag and the singing of O Canada! It defines who Canadians are; it gives us our identity. It is so commanding; it gives us our destiny.
Now, in the Year of the Veterans, it is there to enshrine the great legacy that our War dead and members of our armed forces have given Canadians. Let's restore it to our nation. It should be in the hearts and minds of every Canadian. Help put it back in our classrooms where it belongs.
I will be at our three stations in Smiths Falls on Canada Day weekend asking for your signature to our petition. Can you be there? If not, you and your friends can visit our web site www.pledgecanada.com and sign up there.
Do more than wave a flag on Canada Day; unite our country !