Canada is perfectly happy with its British heritage and many Canadians are proud of this.
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By 1931 it was more or less fully independent of the United Kingdom, although true independence did not occur until 1982.
Though a medium-sized country by its population (35 million), Canada has earned respect on the international stage for its strong diplomatic skills, peacekeeping efforts, and respect for human rights.
Canada uses the 12-hour clock system, however the 24-hour clock system is used in the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick where French is an official language and this clock system is used with that language; and where ambiguity must be avoided, such as train or airline schedules when given in both English and French, because they will be indicated in each clock system.
Daylight Saving Time, when clocks are moved forward by one hour, is observed in most of the country from on the second Sunday in March until on the second Sunday in November; during this time, for example, British Columbia is observing GMT-7 while Alberta is observing GMT-6.Official: English and French(recognized at territorial levels: Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, Chipewyan, Cree, Gwich’in, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, North Slavey, South Slavey, Tłı̨chǫ, 66 other indigenous languages Canada is by size, the largest country in North America, second in the world overall (behind only Russia).Renowned worldwide for its vast, untouched landscape, its unique and tolerant blend of cultures and multifaceted history, Canada is one of the world's wealthiest countries and a major tourist destination.Visitors to most cities will most likely not have to endure the weather that accompanies a trip to more remote northern or mountainous areas often pictured on postcards of Canada.Summers in the most populated parts of Canada are generally short and hot.Similarly to the United States' traditional image of itself as a melting pot, there are many different minorities from all over the world living in Canada, particularly in urban centres.