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I AM CANADIAN


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
By:

Howard Galganov

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I AM A CANADIAN . . . PROUD AND TRUE:

I have a great respect, admiration, and sincere FONDNESS for the United States of America. And I have a deep emotional commitment to Israel . . . BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST, I AM A CANADIAN.

So, when my country comes under attack as what is happening as I am writing this, MY BLOOD BOILS WITH ANGER.

In Canada, we have no shortage of our own LEFTIST problems. We have no shortage of language and cultural issues to deal with, AND governments that are TOO BIG, TOO REGULATORY HAPPY, TOO EXPENSIVE . . . Etcetera.

And just as I’m critical of what’s happening in the USA, I am NO LESS critical of what is happening politically and socially in Canada. But that doesn’t matter now.

When I first realized that America came under attack on 9/11, I sat in front of my television, with tears streaming down my cheeks, because a BEST FRIEND was just harmed. And this morning (October 22, 2014), just as on 9/11 . . . tears filled my eyes as I watched the news unfold as a gunman was shooting it out in MY PARLIAMENT BUILDING.

CANADA FIGHTS WELL BEYOND OUR SIZE:

Canada is a small country in terms of population, at just about THIRTY-FIVE Million People, and HUGE in size, the second largest landmass in the world.

But in spite of our small population, NO COUNTRY has ever provided more military in the defense of FREEDOM on a per capita basis than has Canada.

Canada was one of the FIRST countries to send TROOPS to Afghanistan, who didn’t hide in their compounds, as virtually all other Nations’ troops did.

OUR TROOPS FOUGHT, BLED AND DIED.

Regardless of how we ARGUE with each other in Canada, TOUCH ONE CANADIAN and you’ve touched us all. And if anyone thinks for a second that Canada will back down when PUSHED, they should have a very serious DOUBLE THINK, because Canada NEVER BACKS DOWN.

We are one TOUGH “little” country with a very BIG heart.

And if this shooting at Parliament has anything to do with Islamo/Fascism, as the killing of one soldier, and the wounding of another on Monday (October 20, 2014) in St Jean Sur Richelieu (just South of Montreal) was carried-out in the name of Islam . . . THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY.

HERE’S SOME BRIEF PERSONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

1 – I have spoken at Parliament at the invitation of the government.

2 – I have led various large events on Parliament Hill including the Pledge Ride in 2012.

3 – I have visited often with Members of Parliament on Parliament Hill, dining from time to time in the Parliamentary Dining Room.

4 – Anne and I have enjoyed a Private Supper with Stephen Harper (Canada’s Prime Minister) as our guest at the Syrian/Lebanese Club in Montreal.

5 – And currently, I am organizing with several Members of Parliament to have a special Tour of Parliament for our American Riders of the Pledge Ride for 2015, which this year will be held in part in Ottawa . . . ending in Washington DC.

HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE:

IF THIS WAS AN ATTACK IN THE NAME OF ISLAM . . . NEITHER ALLAH NOR MOHAMMED WILL BE ABLE TO PROTECT THOSE RESPONSIBLE.

Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov

YOUR COMMENTS:

Good statement for us who are Canadian. The Islamic influence on some young people is of a big concern to me. Those people do not accept any responsibility for their members who kill innocent people. We as Canadians need to be more vigilant and perhaps a little less forgiving. Hugh Yeomans

Posted On: 10/23/2014 1:05:40 PMHugh Newton Yeomans, Kelowna, BC

Great article Howard, you speak Canadian, and American, you put into writing what millions of Americans are thinking today. O Canada!! I played your National Anthem today. Your PM calls it like it is terrorism. It's time the Western World stops the coddling of these Islamo/Fascist killers. I don't know if Canada has their version of ACLU, but if they do they will be out looking for sympathy for that little worthless punk.

Posted On: 10/23/2014 11:39:10 AMNaomi Barnard, Norman, Oklahoma USA.

Bravo, Howard! My thoughts exactly.

Posted On: 10/23/2014 10:51:40 AMArnold Eyre, Ottawa, Ontario

Bravo, Howard, on an excellent editorial that speaks exactly what I feel! And it seems, from the comments, many of our American friends feel too. Canada is a great country-helps anyone in need, and supports justice and right. That these malicious, hateful terrorists attack her rouses me to the point of sometimes wanting the death penalty here. Keep being the great country I love, Canada, and tho' many Canadians are anti-Harper, I think he's a good leader, and true to Canada!

Posted On: 10/23/2014 9:26:40 AMPaula Rudner, Oshawa, ON

Howard, Being at the southern tip of Africa, and having visited the USA and Canada numerous times, my heart bleeds for you, having to endure such savagery. Hopefully, those involved, their backers, and their ilk, will be expelled from Canada, and permanently refused any travel visas to enter your country ever again. Fight fire with fire. John W. Rosen, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Posted On: 10/23/2014 6:27:46 AMJohn W. Rosen., Johannesburg, South Africa.

Perhaps this horrible travesty will shed some realism on Washington DC to show them that there is no such thing as a peaceful loving Muslim. They go by their book and their book only. We are all infidels unless we convert and all infidels will be killed. Hopefully the slow molasses moving lawmaking body in Washington DC will now see the hand writing on the wall.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 11:52:02 PMCathy Stokes, Granite Falls, NC 28630

My prayers go out to Canada.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 9:36:48 PMPatricia Garcia-Kenney, Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States

Canada is a sovereign nation and is not part of the United States, but I cannot hear of any injury to that wonderful country that hurts me less than any injury to the USA. I hope each and every Canadian knows how Americans feel about Canada and its people. We may seem apathetic in some areas, but not where the well-being of our beloved neighbors and friends to the North is concerned. Ralph Glorioso California

Posted On: 10/22/2014 9:26:50 PMRalph Glorioso, Santa Rosa, CA USA

I am so thankful for Sgt. at Arms, Kevin Vickers. He had a gun and knew how to use it. The shooter did not, or he would have killed many as he fired numerous times after killing the soldier at point blank range. Kevin Vickers is the hero of the day.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 8:49:57 PMJohn F. Morgan, Dalton, GA USA

In 1972 the terrorist were depicted as rats swarming over the wall of the Olympic village. A lot of rat traps needs to be set and if the rat survives the trap he/she will be very sorry. This is war, no time for pussy-footing around! Ingo Andersen Burlington ON

Posted On: 10/22/2014 8:44:00 PMIngo Andersen, ON

This is both very sad & infuriating. The U.S. is under attack from within and without. Remember 9, 11?? Remember the shooter who entered a Synagogue and killed? The list goes on and on. No gun fires itself. Concealed (or open carry where allowed) was instituted for a reason, a good reason. I am not a vigilante, BUT, will defend and protect when and where necessary, family first. My heart & prayers are with you, Howard. Canada is under attack. Lock & load.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 8:00:35 PMJohn C. Rochotte, Tiffin, Ohio

HOWARD,you are so right...this texan is so ready for civil war to protect our rights,,i do not believe this will ever be resolved peacefully,,,,,john in dallas

Posted On: 10/22/2014 7:02:48 PMjohn doe, dallas,texas

Spot on Howard! Some day soon, Americans may admit that Obama has essentially declared Jihad/war on conservatives, Christians, Jews, Israel, Constitution, Bill of Rights & freedoms Saul Alinsky style. Cite a dozen "phony" scandals, IRS/DHS/NSA spying, Major Nadal Hasan's murder of 13 (wounding 30) yelling "Allah Akbar" as "work-place violence". Obama was raised Muslim; top advisor Iranian-born Muslim Valerie Jarrett & Obama lie as cover for their acts. Next two-year agenda? We'll all be crying!

Posted On: 10/22/2014 6:47:33 PMRon White, Woodland Park, CO

I never dreamed we would be attacked by our own people -our own born terrorists. Canada has helped fight the evil forces in the past and now we are being punished from within. This has brought thousands of Canadians to tears. May the culprits be caught and the other followers have their passports taken from them and be dealt with promptly for being traitors to our country. The death of two of our soldiers on our soil is deplorable. Imagine the heart ache of the parents and loved ones. Dot

Posted On: 10/22/2014 6:22:59 PMDot Fuhrman, Kelowna, B.C.

O Canada, our wonderful neighbors to the north , we in America stand with you even if the weak knee community activist & his merry band of communist are in denial about these Islamist savages. DICK DEPEW, NYS

Posted On: 10/22/2014 5:39:25 PMRichard Depew, Scotia,NY 12302

Howard, I am feeling hollow with what has happened in Ottawa. And, I am afraid that you are thinking of the Canada of our fathers. It sickens me to see what the left has let our country become. I believe that Harper will try and do what is right and just while the other parties will try and make political hay out of this terrible situation. The crime will be the media who will report what serves them, not the country. Sad times indeed.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 4:42:38 PMBill Merkley, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Great article Howard. You are a true vibrant Canadian, one that really cares and remains totally active. Your protests were most successful and part of our lives and activists' agenda. Renee Edwardh Montreal, Quebec

Posted On: 10/22/2014 3:58:55 PMRenee L Edwardh, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Howard...I think we are blood brothers. I am a Canadian and have great love for my country. And The USA is where I lived and worked for 52 years. I get shivers when they play O Canada AND the US NATIONAL ANTHEM. I cannot vote in the US because I am not a citizen and I cannot vote in Canada because of my residency...I can, however shout loud and often about where my tax dollars go, the size of government, the admiration of our forefathers in both countries and recognition of God in our lives.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 3:57:54 PMRobert Crewe, Morpeth, Ontario, Canada

England, home of the Magna Carta, face down in the mud of apathy refusing to enforce laws created from 1,500 years of bloodshed. Europe, after centuries of the worst wars in history has capitulated to the Fascism and Radicalism today as in the past. In the USA, congress and the president use the Constitution, one of the greatest documents in history, as toilet paper. These may be the attitudes of other countries, but not here. Don’t make Canuks angry … you won’t like us when we are angry.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 3:31:48 PMJeff Bogaerts, Smiths Falls, Ontario

My prayers to the families of the victims. Now it is time to stand up together and END this INSANITY!!!!!!!

Posted On: 10/22/2014 3:18:39 PMKate Stone, Klamath Falls, OR., USA

Welcome to my world...you need a second amendment.

You bet we do. Canada has some of the toughest gun laws in the world. I don't mind the hoops we have to jump through to get licensed as Anne and I are to own Hand Guns and other RESTRICTED weapons. But not being able to CARRY is not what guarantees our freedom and protection - HG

Posted On: 10/22/2014 3:16:59 PMJoyce Kaufman, Pompano Beach, Florida, United States

Howard, It seems there has since been another terror attack in Jerusalem which killed a 3 month old baby girl. These terrorists certainly show their true colours, the big men that they are, going after a newborn infant. When will the blind world see? How much more needs to happen before the gov'ts, media and general ignoramuses are willing to label it for what it is and determine itself to eradicate it?

Posted On: 10/22/2014 3:08:33 PMJoe Eliott, Montreal, QC

Howard, well said and I agree with you entirely, you have the benefit in knowing our President will, in support of your feelings, place yet another "red line in the sands of time" as he has done in Syria, Jon Boothe Las Vegas, NV. USA

Posted On: 10/22/2014 2:53:47 PMJon Boothe, Las Vegas NV

No more weasel language. No more hiding behind political correctness. No more evading the responsibility to deal with Islamic terrorism be it next door neighbor or across an ocean. This attack was organized, deliberate and in every respect, successful. Our Parliament, once and open and inviting seat of the people, will now be in permanent lock down and under heavily armed guard. That's the "success" these jihadists were after. I go on record as saying they were home-grown.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 2:39:56 PMStephen Boyling, Toronto, ON

When I heard the news, my thoughts were for Canada, Canada's Parliament, those who died and/or injured today, & you, Howard. I know, you truly love your country, as much as I love mine. It has been heart breaking, to see our two nations, basically, at "odds" with each other. Our US President doesn't have any patriotism for the USA & is constantly blaming the USA, for all sorts of ills. Plus, he continually apologizes for the USA. That's not pride, in my book. Proud Americans stand with Canada!

Posted On: 10/22/2014 2:39:33 PMMickey D Watson, Rome, GA, USA

This is the first I've heard of this terrible happening, Mr. G. I am so sorry! The enemy, whichever one it is, hates us for being free and wants the land we have, the great nations we have, to be part of a worldwide capsule of misery and enslavement. They also want our souls; at least that's the Islamic aim. It's the aim of members within our governments as well. I hope the men who attacked Canada will be dealt with so the entire world can see that we two nations will not be slaves.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 2:05:30 PMMarianne Hart, St. Louis, Missouri

All true Americans stand with Canada. Show no mercy to the barbarians as my country does. They are war criminals and should be treated as such. God Bless Canada. God Bless the USA. C W Simmons, Victoria, TX

Posted On: 10/22/2014 2:04:27 PMCharles Simmons, Tivoli, TX. 77990

The media party apologists will try to link this with P.M. Harper's moral and righteous position of supporting Israel and entering the fight against the ISIS monsters. Watch and see how the lefties will spin this. Only yesterday NDP leader Mulcair was unwilling to call the murder of the soldier in St. Jean sur Richelieu a terror attack. I wonder what B.S. he or pretty boy Justin will say now.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:50:35 PMLawrence Kalman, Montreal QC

Dear Canadian friend, I cry with you on this attack on your country. Americans stand with you, although I can't speak for our own unamerican leadership. True Americans will support you in what ever way we as individuals can do. Our prayers are with you, please know the majority of us know you as true friends and our heart breaks over this despicable act. Jeri LeRoi, Traverse City, Michigab

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:35:49 PMJeri LeRoi, Traverse City, MI

Howard, wherever terror occurs, whether Muslim or other, we who enjoy the freedoms of our free countries must stand united in defiance and in battle against those who wish to steal it from us. I remember standing with you in May 2012 on the very spot of today's attack. We stood together again in Boca Raton last September. We stand together because we stand against terror. But if Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama tells you he's got your back, LOOK OUT! Just ask Bibi Netanyahu.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:26:44 PMPerry Birman, Boca Raton, FL

Canada never backs down is why canucks are so well respected world wide..sure hope you do not take any prisoners

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:19:42 PMGene Archambault, Santa Barbara CA

Howard, we are here if we are needed! Just speak the word! We stand with Canada, one of the highlights of my life is speaking on the Parliament Hill in 2012, standing with you and other political leaders. I am currently doing 13 episodes of television, a full season. One of the recordings yesterday included the speech in the Parliament the afternoon following our rally. We pray for 'your' Canada - may justice be done. I refuse to be silent -

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:14:02 PMGary Burd, Amarillo, TX

Will we wake up? Sadly I think not. 98 % of canadians will still welcome the muslim hoard! Close to having the comparative SS in our midst! Dream on canada.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:11:27 PMKenneth Oldfield, Hasselt, Belgium

I am a past Canadian, born there and became an American citizen in 1947, I agree with you that if this attack is Islamic, then Canada should seek revenge and restitution and the US should support and assist anyn action Canada takes as Canada has for the US

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:06:40 PMJerry Miller, Florida

My heart breaks for your country as it did for mine on 9/11. It is way beyond time that terrorism be recognized for what it is and that all countries stand up and smash it!

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:05:26 PMJanice Spence, Palm Coast, FL

Just a matter of time before the "Doofus" American President comes out with a statement such as...lets not jump to conclusions or some other rot. Have no doubt at all the media goes into over-drive to protect the identity of those that were involved.

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:05:15 PMVincent Dainotto, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

We in America stand with Canada! Do not back down as the USPresident continually does. No one in Canada comes close to that disaster!!! Pauline FitzPatrick

Posted On: 10/22/2014 1:03:27 PMPauline FitzPatrick, Fort Lauderdale

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