Just seventy-five years ago many Canadians considered their country to be British:
Democracy’s ideal has nowhere been fully realized. For such an advance toward it as has been made the world must thank largely the British genius and temper; and British genius and temper may be trusted to hold and consolidate its hard-won gains.
The challenge of the European anarchs is a challenge to British peoples everywhere to take the measure of their Imperial responsibilities in the political field as they have done already in some degree in the economic.
What are the great Canadian buzzwords today? Diverse. Inclusive. Sounds like the British Commonwealth–not the Empire–of the 1930s. A broad community of countries sharing a common feeling of identity (for most people), yet with legal independence for members, and based on history and many shared values. Surely a progressive notion. Sad that the broader “British” identity is increasingly defunct.
Canadian passports until 1977 stated that “A Canadian citizen is a British subject.” Sigh.