Camelot, It's Said, Can Be Anywhere But At This Shining Moment It's in Canadian Hearts

Yesterday, like Canadians everywhere, i watched Justin Trudeau's inauguration as Canada's 23rd Prime Minister. It was a magical day for Canada, the dawn of a new era. Everywhere from coast to coast to coast the feeling that a huge dark storm had lifted permeated the hearts and minds of us all. The incomparable feeling of lightness began just over two weeks ago on election night and continues to grow.

Nothing i've ever seen compared to Justin and his beautiful young wife and children, followed by his new cabinet, as they walked up to Rideau Hall for the inauguration. To say it was historic that the son of one of Canada's greatest Prime Ministers, Pierre Trudeau, was the new P.M. is a vast understatement. The Government changed and so did every Canadian. Yesterday Camelot revealed itself for another shining moment in Ottawa.

Camelot first appeared in 12th-century French romances as the castle and court of legendary King Arthur, its precise location is never revealed. As Arthurian scholar Norris J. Lacy commented, "Camelot, located no where in particular, can be anywhere" Camelot lives in our hearts not our geography.

Of course, the pundits call this the 'honeymoon period' and warn that as the realities of governing come to bear the shining light from Camelot will dim and one day disappear and it may well do so, but as Jackie Kennedy said, quoting the Lerner and Loewe musical in Time magazine's famous edition shortly after the assassination of her husband, "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot".

Justin Trudeau's 'sunny ways' are already forcing old foes to mend fences, real change is possible in Canada and everywhere. Camelot can be anywhere, including in our hearts.