Canada built on faith

Dear editor,
The Dominion of Canada.
That is the official name of our great country. The word “dominion” was taken from the Bible verse found in Psalm 72:8: “He shall have dominion also from the sea to sea, and from the rivers unto the ends of the earth.”
In September of 1864 at the conference at Charlottetown to establish the unity of the country, the fathers of Confederation agreed and expressed their desire that God would have dominion over this new country and that the official name of the country would be “The Dominion of Canada.”
Under the Constitution Act of 1982, Dominion remains Canada’s official title. This act also establishes Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Peace Tower was built in 1917 after a fire destroyed most of the parliament buildings.
The architect, John A. Pearson, designed the Peace Tower to be the centre of the parliament buildings.
Over the east window is inscribed the scripture verse found above.
Over the south window, it reads: “Give the King thy judgements, 0 God, and thy righteousness unto the King’s son” (Psalm 72:11).
Over the west window, it reads: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).
John Pearson also designed the Memorial Chamber within the Peace Tower which was dedicated to the memory of Canadians who had died in military service.
The east, south, and west windows have scripture versus contained in them which pertain to a nation which must stand up for what is right, just and Godly.
When Canada’s constitution was patriated in 1982, the first statement of the Canada Act is “whereas Canada is founded upon principals that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.”
With the Canada Act (1982), the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was also instituted. The supremacy of God was placed in the first statement of the act.
There is no doubt the constitutional documents of any nation are the meant to provide a good foundation to that nation–not only for the generation that made them but for the generations that are to follow.
This charter gives freedom of religion and beliefs for all people.
We are approaching the time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Let us stand up as Canadians who adhere to our constitution and join with the men and women who have built this great country on strong Christian faith.
To all who will receive. May God bless you and your families as you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas!
Heavenly Father, let your will reign over this nation.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Mike Andrusco
Fort Frances