Thoughts from a Canadian about being Canadian

I am having a hard time understanding why the average big business keeps trying to insult the average Canadian...

To the Editor:

I am having a hard time understanding why the average big business keeps trying to insult the average Canadian by advertising articles priced at $999.99 or likewise to make them think the price is not $1,000. Anyone who has ever gone to school knows the real price by the time you add all the taxes is actually $1,200 and more.

Today the government is trying to make the airlines put all of the real cost it is charging to air fares. By far the most used figure in our culture is the number nine. There are other numbers, you know, including zeros.

While I’m at it, also – I believe Canada should adopt this policy the prime minister of Australia is pointing out. If you like our country better than the country you left to come here, you had better start doing the things we do in a free country. Don’t come here trying to change our ways to yours. We are not ashamed to keep our faces uncovered and we do speak English here.

My mother’s people came to Rhode Island in 1621, and my father’s people came from Ireland in 1823. I am Canadian and proud of it.

Yes. I know this letter is handwritten. I am over 90 years old now, so please forgive my handwriting. My head is still in gear, and I have seen more in my day than you younger people will ever see unless you live to 100.

This is my Canada. Happy New Year to you all and God bless you.

Wilf Miller, Keremeos


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