Canada urged to swap national symbol
Senator Nicole Eaton wants the polar bear to replace the beaver as an official emblem of Canada. Canada symbol bear beaver,
By contrast, she derides the lowly beaver as a "19th century has-been," a "dentally defective rat," a "toothy tyrant" and a nuisance that wreaks havoc on its environment.
Eaton acknowledges the beaver's involuntary role in founding Canada — providing the fashionable pelts that fuelled the fur trade — but she says it's now time for a change.
"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 told her Senate colleagues Thursday. "The polar bear, with its strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity is perfect for the part." +Canada national symbol beaver,
Eaton said the beaver should "step aside as a Canadian emblem, or, at the least, share the honour with the stately polar bear." Canadian senator polar bear,
The government responded that it has no plans to change the beaver as a national symbol. Proposal to Change National Symbol Has Canadians Up in Arms,