🇨🇦 A dealer on the Delcampe internet auction site has revealed the final 3 designs of Canada Post's Canada 150 set which is due for release on 1 June 2017. The dealer is offering all 10 stamps in the set for sale as well as a sheet which contains one of each stamp design.
The remaining designs in the set all have a sporting theme and commemorate:-
1. The Summit Series which was a series of 8 ice hockey games played between teams from Canada and The USSR, then the dominant team in international competitions, in September 1972 which resulted in Canada winning 4 of the games, USSR winning 3 and one game being tied. I presume that this famous victory holds as fond a place in any Canadian's heart as does England's 1966 Football World Cup victory over the West Germans does in any Englishman's heart. Rating:- *** (though if I were Canadian I might well rate the stamp to have even more stars!).
2. The Olympic Games - the stamp commemorates the3 occasions on which Canada has hosted the Olympic Games - the Summer Games in Montreal in 1976 and the Winter Games in Calgary in 1988 and Vancouver in 2010. Rating:- ***.
3. Paralympic Games held in Canada in 1976 (Torontolympiad - 1976 Olympiad for the Physically Disabled) and 2010 X Winter Paralympic Games held in Vancouver and Whistler. Rating:- ****.
This is a determinedly 21st century set of stamps which passes up the chance to remember the sacrifice of the Canadian people through 2 great wars and numerous international peace-keeping operations as well other great achievements of Canadians in, for instance, the field of Medicine - how many millions of lives have been saved by Banting and Best's discovery of insulin treatment for diabetes?
The issue is a "looking forward" set rather than retrospective - there is a seam of early 21st century political correctness running through it - it centres on "inclusion" and multiculturalism. I'm not criticising it for that but merely making the observation. Politics shines through glaringly in this issue. I always say you can't separate stamp collecting from politics and I think these 10 stamps make that point very well. This may not be a great set of stamps but it is very worthy.