Dreaming the St. Roch

Pericat is taking her exam to become a Canadian citizen. She has a blog about it but its intention is primarily to help her study. Still, its interesting, just to see the questions. For example, I knew about Samuel de Champlain but not the other guys who followed.

Sam de Cham, as we call him, has a statue in Queen Square in Saint John. He stands, facing the west, with his right arm outstretched, pointing at some far off, distant thing (“Look! Savages! Pierre, go steal their furs and sneeze on them!”) For a few decades, that far off distant thing was a Royal Canadian Legion, so the young whippersnappers in town would place a beer bottle in his hand, to complete the effect. I don’t know if they still do that.


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