I consider myself lucky to live in a country that is so open and gives me the opportunity to be who I want to be. Allows me to go to seek medical attention without any worries if I can afford to go or not and to live in a country free of war and fighting. All this comes with a very minimal price. People living in Canada have certain obligations and responsibilities to be considered a Canadian citizen. You have freedoms, rights and have to participate in the community. You have a right to freedom, which allows you to speak your beliefs.
Freedom can be defined as the capacity to exercise choice; free will. Freedom in Canada allows you do whatever you want while not breaking the laws. In Canada, you have the freedom to pick up and move from province to province. You also have the freedom to choose any religion that you would like to believe in and you will not be apprehended for your beliefs. You have the freedom of speech where you will not be attended for saying what you would like to say. And you can think any thought that you would like without being arrested. In Canada, you also have freedom to express your feelings by going to a press company and allowing them the opportunity to use your thoughts for the daily news, in whatever form that they wish to use. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states, “Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: a.) Freedom of conscience and religion; b.) freedom of thought , belief, opinion and expression, including freedom or the press and other media communication; c.) freedom of peaceful assembly; and d.) freedom of association.”(Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982) In Canada, not only do you have freedoms, but you have rights as well.
In Canada, you are entitled to certain rights. A right is the legal or moral entitlement to do or refrain from doing something or to obtain or refrain from obtaining an action, thing or recognition in civil society. You have a right to do specific things in Canada. One of which is the right to vote. You have the right to choose who you would wish to have look after the country that you live in. The country encourages for you to vote. “Canadian citizens have the universal right to vote, and strong array of mechanisms guarantee that they can exercise their right freely and easily.”(Canadian Museum of Civilization Cooperation, 1999) Doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing. Your employer should allow taking the time to vote in elections. The government is finding many ways to allow everyone over the age of 18 to vote. “He must also remove any obstacle that could make voting difficult. Voters can choose among several voting options: ordinary and mobile poles on Election Day, advance polls and mail-in special ballots.” (Canadian Museum of Civilization Cooperation, 1999) You also have the right to equality. Women should not be seen as any lower than men. They are working everywhere today. They should not be with held from finding work due to their sex. The disabled should be treated in the same way. In retrospect, men should not be seen as anything less if he decides to play what would be considered a women role, such as being the stay at home parent that does the household cleaning and that looks after the children. You also have rights to uphold laws. Breaking of the laws have punishments, weather it be going to jail, volunteering your time or having licenses be suspended for certain amount of time. The laws are put in place to keep the country from harm, since there are so many freedoms and rights. You cannot have people think that just because they can feel angry at the world that they can go out a hurt people because they feel that they have the right to do so. That is why Canada has those laws in place. Along with rights, people have other obligations to fulfill by participating in the community.
In Canada, you have an obligation to participate in your community. They are responsibilities that you as a Canadian citizen should uphold to. “Some responsibilities are: to obey Canada’s Laws; to express opinions freely while respecting the rights and freedoms of others; to help others in the community; to care for and protect our heritage and environment; and to eliminate discrimination and injustice.” (Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2003) You could help by volunteering your time. You could volunteer at food banks, homeless shelters, hospitals, senior citizens homes, any political campaign or A Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance Service. You can also participate in your community by just by joining in certain groups that help make the place that you live a safe one. If you have children, join the PTA at the school. Participating even includes, finding better ways to do things that will not have such a harmful effect on the environment. Such as carpooling, recycling, and composting. Those are also tiny day to day ways that you can participate in your community. It is not that hard to be able to mange these things.
Being a Canadian citizen is a wonderful thing to be. You can do the things that you want to do and without very little obligation. There is not a lot to be a citizen in Canada. To be a Canadian citizen, you have certain obligations and responsibilities to fulfill. By participating in your community, your freedoms and your rights, will you uphold you part of your citizenship. I do not think that I would like to be any place else. Being a Canadian citizen makes me open my eyes as to just how lucky I am to be living in such a wonderful country.
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