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Happy Canada Day! - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
Happy Canada Day!
I'm curious as to how many of my friends will recognize this:

Or if I say "giant flying bathtub", and play this song? In retrospect, the lyrics are rather trite and stereotypical, but then when you've only got just a few lines to talk about each part of the country, there's not much you can get across.

Growing up in Ontario in the late 1970s, my parents put me into bilingual education. I didn't always appreciate French as much as I could have; and it took me a long time to even begin to understand the separatist mindset in Quebec, but I'm glad that Pierre Trudeau tried to get the citizens of Canada to learn both languages. It's a pity (and kind of funny) that only New Brunswick has truly adopted bilingualism as a provincial policy.

Anyway, back around 1974-1975, someone in the government decided to release a bilingual language kit for schoolchildren called Oh! Canada, featuring a bird not native to Canada. I suspect schools must have received hundreds of these things and given them out to students like crazy. I distantly remember a board game, a thin record, and a comic book where a bunch of kids travel across Canada in a strange vehicle invented by one of their crazy relatives. There may have been other stuff included.

Of course, anything from the government that appears to encourage bilingualism in children might be propaganda, and so must be banned in Quebec. Well screw that, mes amis - Je te souhaite une joyeuse Fête du Canada, et je te donne une bise sur chaque joue!

Current Mood: amused amused

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kfops From: kfops Date: July 1st, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Canada Day, and thanks for the flash-back!

Though I didn't receive one of these sets personally, I remember by brother coming home with one (or one showed up somehow) and I was jealous.
orleans From: orleans Date: July 3rd, 2012 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Amazingly, I was just thinking of that song a few weeks ago! I had no idea what is was called, or why I knew it. (Though it seems I would have been a bit young given the 1974-1975 time frame ... maybe I caught the tail end of the distribution or maybe it stuck around for a few years?) Thanks for the context and the blast from the past (this thing is probably still collecting dust in the basement of my father's house).
dronon From: dronon Date: July 3rd, 2012 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to have accidentally helped!! :D

niall_ From: niall_ Date: July 5th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh GEEZE, yes I know this. It was played very much in my quebec school - but in the Outaouais, that traitorous region... The teacher then played more Angèle Arsenault albums, and I requested one LP from my parents.

The lyrics are pretty trite, but it's for children and you have to start somewhere.

Somewhere, I wonder if my sister ever found the old OC Transpo board game...
dronon From: dronon Date: July 5th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heeheehee, I was hoping this would bring back memories! :) Angèle Arsenault is a new name to me; I'd never heard of her until I went looking for this old song - Was she a popular children's singer in Quebec?
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