OTTAWA (The News Desk) — After 10 years of deliberation, the Canadian Parliament unanimously passed a motion today that named the Canada goose — known to biologists as Branta canadensis — the official goose of Canada.
“We talked about a few other types of goose,” said Peter Kent, MP of Thornhill, ON.
“The greylag goose, the African goose, the magpie goose, the Chinese goose. But then when it came to the Canada goose, we were like, ‘Wow, perfect.’”
“There are so many different beautiful types of geese out there,” said House Speaker Andrew Scheer.
“One type that I enjoy in particular is the northern gannet, also known as the solan goose. I was informed by a biologist that the northern gannet is unrelated to the true goose, or any other Anseriformes, but we still considered it, because it’s such a beautiful bird.”
The motion described the Canada goose, a short-tempered, primarily herbivorous bird native to arctic and temperate regions of North America, and a common carrier of disease and bacteria, as a perfect animal representation of the Canadian spirit.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Carolyn Went, 57, of lobby group “Canada Goose for Canada’s Goose.”
“This decision has made the years of tireless campaigning and petitioning worthwhile.”
Canada becomes the first country in the world to name an official goose. Canada has yet to name a national bird, but sources say it will be a tight race between the great horned owl, the common loon and the mosquito. ♦
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