Oh Canada

On July 1st, Canada turns 150 years young. Laugh Again is heard in many countries, but wherever you are today, I think you’ll enjoy taking a little Canadian quiz, eh? Here we go.


1: Which species is found only in Canada?
a. Hippopotamus
b. Kentucky Fried Chicken
c. Canada Goose
d. Maritime Shrew

The answer? The Maritime Shrew. The iconic Canadian goose can also be found in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand and parts of Northern Europe – usually on golf courses.


2: Which country invaded Canada in 1775?
a. Russia
b. Zimbabwe
c. U.S.
d. Saskatchewan

It was the U.S. In fact, the US has invaded Canada twice, first in 1775 then in 1812. Both times they got cold and went back home. I’m glad we’re still friends.


3: Who is our current Prime Minister.
a. Jim Carrey
b. Justin Trudeau
c. Justin Bieber
d. Justin Timberlake
It’s Justin Trudeau.


4. What is Canada’s national sport?
a. Hockey
b. Lacrosse
c. Apologizing
d. Both A and B

Trick question. Hockey is Canada’s official winter sport. Lacrosse is the official summer sport. Both were invented in Canada. As was basketball. What would the world do without us?


5: Finish this line from Canada’s National anthem. “From far and wide Oh Canada”
a. Our home and native land
b. Where moose and beaver stand
c. We stand on guard for thee
d. We shoot our pucks at thee

The answer? “From far and wide Oh Canada. We stand on guard for thee.” I love the next line: “God keep our land. Glorious and free.”


In 1534, Jacques Cartier approached the rocky coast of Newfoundland. He wasn’t impressed. He wrote, “I am rather inclined to believe that this is the land God gave to Cain.” But as have millions of others, he came to see its beauty and raised a 30-foot-high cross at what is now Gaspe Harbour. 320 years later, the Fathers of Confederation discussed the founding of the new nation of Canada. But would they call it? Sir Leonard Tilley, Premier of New Brunswick, and a Christian, couldn’t sleep that night, until he read Psalm 72:8: “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” Tilley later told the delegates what he had read and recommended the nation be named, “The Dominion of Canada.” That remains its official title today.


Whatever country you call home, pray for Canada. That God would have dominion in the hearts and minds of its people, that they would know the joy of following Jesus. I’ll close with the seldom sung final verse of the Canadian national anthem.


Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our Dominion in thy loving care;
Help us to find, O God, in thee
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the better Day,
We ever stand on guard.

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Phil Callaway

Phil Callaway, the host of Laugh Again, is an award-winning author and speaker, known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life.

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