Simply Fabulous! Another huge, and glorious historic print of a famous JD Kelly creation from 1895. This one is amazing, and rare, because it is still in mint condition, in its original frame and glass. We have only ever encountered one other; it was in poor condition.
What a romantic vision of the founding of Canada, below the Heights of Quebec, with Champlain, accompanied by a faithful companion, a priest, loyal Indian paddlers, and dogs, looking towards... you guessed it, the 400th anniversary of this moment, in 2008, the founding of Quebec - indeed of Canada.
And what kind of Canadian hero is this? No body armour, no machine guns, or tanks, for decimating the local population... What! And turning his back on the locals? What American commander or CNN correspondent, would dare do that in downtown Baghdad; what Canadian in camos, in southern Afghanistan?
What a novel concept for a hero! We'd better celebrate this big time next year. Maybe we're on to something here! We shall not see his kind again, any time soon. The alarming trend seems to be to fashion Canadian heroes in the mold of the gunman from Texas... spreading terror all over the world. Sorry, we meant to say freedom and democracy...
But the trend will be good for Canada's movie industry; writers are already hard at work writing raping and pillaging scripts of Canadians in Afghanistan; and lawyers are already figuring out how the Canadian taxpayer will be tapped to pay for these Rambo run amok movies... Sorry, we meant to say Great Canadian Heritage minutes...
It's a shame! By the time 2008 rolls around there won't be any money left to celebrate real Canadian heroes and achievements that were brought about by working with local populations, not shooting the hell out of everybody, and calling it nation building.
Canada's Defence Minister has recently pointed out that Canadians are in Afghanistan as retribution for the 25 Canadians killed during the - follow me on this - non-Afghan attack on the twin towers in New York.
Let's put aside, do you attack the landlord because he has bad tenants? Just because he's available, when the tenants you really want have long gone and can't be got...
So is my math wrong here, or what? We've lost almost 40 Canadian dead - and more to come - to avenge 25 killed by non-Afghans in New York?
Is this nuts or what?
Can we expect a Canadian attack at any moment on the US because at least 56 Canadians have been murdered by Americans there in the past 7 years. Then at least the killing ratio would be in our favour.
Oh sorry! I plumb forgot... We're killing hundreds of Afghans in revenge as well... Yeah, I see what you mean... We may have to disband another regiment or two...
I knew I had it wrong somewhere...
Champlain! Where are you? Canada has lost her way...
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Champlain Arrives at Quebec, 1608 - JD Kelly, 1895
Orig. print - Size - 59 x 79 cm
Found - Stratford, ON
Original frame and glass.