Ottawa, Ontario — A group of Canadian nationalists are petitioning the government in Ottawa to replace the maple leaf on the flag with something more “representative” of the Great White North: a gravy ladle. The movement, which was started by the conservative group Canada First! in 2009, seeks to “replace all Canadian symbols with more appropriate and culturally accurate ones” according to its website.
“We are fighting for what is truly Canadian,” said Canada First! leader and volunteer Mark Lindsey of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “The Maple Leaf is a symbol of Ontario control over the provinces, and we want to take Canada back. Nothing says Canada more that ‘do you want gravy with that?’.”
For decades now, nationalist and separatist forces have been largely confined to Quebec, where the upstart native French-speaking province has held several referendum to leave the Canadian federation and form its own country. However as waves of nationalism are sweeping across the planet largely in reaction what are perceived as “elite globalist agendas,” even the normally peaceful and notoriously polite country to the North of the United States has not been immune from it.
Not to be outdone, Quebec nationalists plan on altering their flag to display a middle finger in defiance of any change from Ottawa.
The movement has not gone unnoticed by the Canadian government, prompting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to issue a statement.
“Canada was built around a very simple premise,” said Mr. Trudeau in an early morning press conference. “A promise that you can work hard and succeed and build a future for yourselves and your kids, and that future for your kids would be better than the one you had. Changing directions at this critical time will upset our agenda for the future. Which is why I’m encouraging the forces who want to embrace what they call the ‘true Canada’ to reconsider their actions. Or better, simply move to Quebec.”
It is unclear how much support the Canada First! movement has in Parliament, however despite an uphill climb, Mr. Lindsey is undeterred.
“We will fight for our heritage and our gravy rights,” continued a somewhat exasperated Mr. Lindsey. “We think we can find allies on Quebec, even though they won’t talk to us at the moment. We’re not going to give up with out a fight.”