Rip Van Canada slept for 150 years… and awoke to find Confederation gone!
Rip awakens in 2017, his clothing in tatters, his Confederation beard to his knees. When his head clears, he stands up and totters in the direction of the Parliament buildings on the bank of the River flowing through Ottawa where he had fallen asleep under a tree….
Wondering what time it is, Rip looks up. To his horror, a Soviet minaret tops the Peace Tower…
Ding, ding, ding, booms the chime, tolling 3:00 P.M., end of shift in the self-managed worker factories… Over every loading dock, a plaque with the face of Marshall Tito dedicates the factory to “popular democracy”.
Mounting skyward on the parliament lawn, a monolithic striding bronze figure towers over the democratic workers toiling at their weed clippers. At the base of the bronze, the following dedication bears witness to Jean-François Lisée:
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