I am (not) Canadian

Editor, The Times:

Recently it was reported in the news that our government will consider abolishing the nickel.

When the penny was discontinued, financial reasons were cited. One then assumes the nickel will also be discontinued for the same reason.

When the penny was eliminated, so was the maple leaf that adorned one side of the coin.

If the nickel is discontinued, we will lose the beaver that adorns that coin. The maple leaf and the beaver are Canada’s national symbols.

They will be gone forever.

Our government is discreetly taking away these symbols and not replacing them on new coins produced. Coupled with the national anthem, which has had its words changed, our government appears to be systematically altering our Canadian identity so as not to offend any one group of newcomers.

These are just a few examples of what I have observed.

Doesn’t anyone else notice this?

I am the descendant of many generations of true Canadians who were proud to be of this nationality. Today, I do not say I am a Canadian. When asked, I tell people proudly I am a British Columbian.

I believe in a higher power, saying Merry Christmas and always earning my keep, with no free rides.

I do not always feel proud to be a Canadian.

L. Ward

Kamloops, B.C.