Oh Canada!


For me it seems almost like a life time living in Canada. I first arrived on the Maritime shores on 18th January 1964 aboard the submarine Alcide. We were stationed here for two years before returning home to the UK. Shortly after my return I left the navy and rejoined civilian life. However, I missed the Canadian way of life, and in Belfast, sectarian issues were starting to reach boiling point. Mostly fuelled by Ian Paisley and Bernadette Devlin. The Belfast Telegraph posted a front page photo of Paisley behind bars the caption “behind bars for Jesus”. It was time for me to move on. At Canada House in the city centre I was interviewed by an immigration official and approved to return to Canada. I well remember his warning words of advice. Son, when you get to Canada you will have to work for a living. There are no handouts, no unemployment money, you work or you starve. I landed in Halifax Pier 21 on 18th January 1967, it’s worth noting today Pier 21 is a museum! Well I worked hard and I never starved nor did I ever regret my decision to immigrate.  This all took place some fifty eight years ago, and since that time much has changed, sadly not always for the better. Nevertheless Canada is my home and I’m proud to call myself Canadian. Of course, I miss Ireland, but love my life in this little hamlet of Abram Village. I’m long since retired to enjoy my grown family our dogs and this quiet and beautiful corner of Canada. I married a lovely smart, wise and beautiful young girl, we have two equally lovely smart daughters, the two dogs, lovely but smart? not so much.
God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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