If a Canadian Conservative senator has her way, beavers will be replaced by polar bears in Canada shortly. No, she isn’t suggesting that polar bears should start feeding on beavers, but rather that Canada’s emblem should no longer be the beaver (which is also the country’s national animal) but instead be replaced with the polar bear. The beaver was an important animal to Canada, as the beaver fur trade business was very lucrative in the 1600 and 1700s, and the trading of these pelts helped build the country’s economy. But times have changed, and Senator Nicole Eaton thinks Canada’s emblem should follow suit.
Senator Eaton claims that beavers are a “19th century has-been,” a “dentally defective rat,” a “toothy tyrant” and that they destroy the environment. Meanwhile, she sings the praises of polar bears, stating that they are a “most majestic and splendid mammal” and that their “strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity” would be a good representation of her country.
“A country’s symbols are not constant and can change over time as long as they reflect the ethos of the people and the spirit of the nation,” Eaton preached to the Senate on Thursday. “The polar bear, with its strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity is perfect for the part.”
Why Canada’s Senate has enough free time to argue such trivial matters is another story. But if they truly want to find a symbol that best reflects their country, wouldn’t a picture of a hockey player be more appropriate?! Or, even better, beer?!