The state Senate in Hartford has unanimously passed a bill making June 24 Canadian-American Day in the state of Connecticut. Now – if you go north to Quebec, Canada on June 24, you will be there on a Canadian national holiday honouring St. John the Baptist.

Of course, this isn’t a done-deal yet, as the Connecticut State house will also need to vote on it in the affirmative. My guess is the governor would sign, as this is pretty non-controversial. They say that if the bill is approved, that state officials would hold ceremonies at the capitol and other places each year to honour Americans of Canadian ancestry.

The idea of a Canadian-American day isn’t far-fetched at all in that Connecticut just last year made June 24 Franco-American Day, recognizing French Canadians for their culture and influence on Connecticut. This bill will expand the day’s honor to Canadian-Americans of all ethnic backgrounds.

From the April 21, 2009 edition of the Edmonton Sun.