The Conservative government is introducing a bill that will make it illegal for someone to prevent you from flying the Canadian flag.
I didn't know this was an issue, but apparently it is. That said, let's call this bill for what it's real purpose is... to stop some overzealous nationalist folks in Quebec to prevent you from flying the Maple Leaf in their neighbourhood. There, I said it.
Patriotism is obviously great and all, but I wonder if it infringes on the freedom for private multi-unit residence boards to ensure a level of aesthetics to their choosing. Many do not allow political signs, signs of any kind, or certain tacky decor.
I guess the flag will be the exception, and only when it is displayed properly. There are specific rules for that as well. So what if you're displaying the flag improperly, can someone call you out on that and what will the government do then?
In my many travels in the U.S., I saw a larger percentage of home than in Canada that very proudly and properly displayed the American Stars and Stripes. But meh, that's not our style and that's fine.
But speaking of Canada, apparently, we have the best overall reputation in the world. Yay us!
The Reputation Institute study measures the trust, esteem, admiration and good feelings the public holds towards 50 countries, as well as perceptions of peoples' quality of life, safety and attention to the environment. Results from 42,000 respondents worldwide ranked Canada first, Sweden next, followed by Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand.