Mark Steyn wrote:
Even if one takes the somewhat reductive position that Canada as a sovereign entity dates only from the 1867 British North America Act or the 1931 Statute of Westminster, that would still make us one of the oldest nations in the world.
I agree with the premise that Liberals manipulate history.
But the basic premise that Canada is a young country is correct.
I counted 44 countries whose date of independence is earlier than Canada's:
9. United States
16. Costa Rica
18. El Salvador
42. San Marino
I didn't count countries that are formerly part of larger entities, but whose nationhood extends way before their most recent liberation: Slovenia, Croatia, Ukraine, Egypt, Mongolia, India, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, etc.
When you throw those countries in the mix, Canada is indeed on the youngish side. Canada is older than many of the countries created through de-colonization, many of which are very artificial constructs. But it's not one of the older countries. Sorry Mark Steyn.
I think when Liberals say how young we are, they're stating a fact. But I think that Liberals denigrate the past from the belief in progressivism. Old is bad, new is good. History is a means of celebrating when heroes made "progress", and threw off the fetters of oppression and ignorance.
By extension, tradition, and thus the past, tends to be denigrated.