One of the late Peter Gzowski’s most amusing contributions to the never-ending search for Canadian identity was his contest to find this country’s equivalent of “as American as apple pie.”

So they made a national contest to come up with a new Canadian slogan and fill in the blank, “As Canadian as …
You could think the winning entry was going to be, “As Canadian as maple syrup,” or, “… ice hockey.”
But no, Canadians voted for their new national slogan to be — I kid you not — “As Canadian as possible under the circumstances.

So what are “the circumstances” under which people feel and become most Canadian?

“To be as Canadian as possible under the circumstances …” Not a bad citizenship objective, despite its self-deprecating modesty. But let us then pay greater attention to defining, expanding and appreciating “the circumstances” under which we become “most Canadian.”