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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Foreign Nationalists with Canadian passports of convenience

A Canadian blogger for whom I have a lot of time, Raphael Alexander, has a thought-provoking post on his Unambiguously Ambidextrous blog that I believe will resonate with millions of Canadians across our land who chose to come and live here. Here is an excerpt:

“What bothers me about this binationalism so prevalent among ethnic groups in Canada is that it’s based mainly upon the modern multicultural policies that not only do not require immigrants to integrate and associate themselves under one national identity, but it fosters a cultural link back to the emigrate nation that divides Canada into dozens of splinter groups. These ethnic groups create a disruptive force not only in the cohesiveness of Canadian society, but in the political process that should be focused on Canadians, and not hyphenated Canadians who still identity with their birth nation, or their parents birth nation. It isn’t that I’m saying that immigrants should not be concerned about their homeland, but the kind of aggressive tactics employed by the Tamils in Ottawa seem to me to be more intrusive than inclusive.”

I have a similar view, which I expressed in a post last month entitled, Multiculturalism. As I wrote then, I am an immigrant with triple-citizenship, who chose Canada and who believes all Canadians and landed immigrants should focus their loyalty on Canada first and foremost and only secondarily on their country of birth. At times, however, and especially in the major population centres of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, one could easily conclude that mine is a minority view—stomach-turning times such as when Canada’s national soccer team plays a foreign team and the Canadian team, the home team, is booed.

Immigrants should be encouraged to maintain their  traditional cultures only so long as doing so does not interfere with them being able to integrate themselves into our society.

They should be officially discouraged from forming distinct cultural groups that do not interact with the mainstream. This takes us back to a concept that prevailed up to about the 1970s when integration, not separation, was our model. Living side-by-side, not in silo-like ghettos apart from the mainstream, should be our goal.

And Canadians should not be in the streets of our capital demonstrating in support of a foreign terrorist organization that has been outlawed in Canada—as is evident by the picture on this page of a Tamil Tiger flag being flown during a recent demonstration at Parliament Hill. This is clearly wrong and is an affront to Canadians of all backgrounds.

Unfortunately, there a far too many foreign nationalists living in our country who carry Canadian passports only for the convenience and protection they provide.

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  1. I am son of immigrants that could not embrace Canada fast enough to be a positive asset to their new homeland.
    The left will always promote multiculturalism, whore for votes.

  2. France has a unicultural model of integration. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work. I remember the Paris riots in November 2005. I was there. The poor bastards living in the suburbs/banlieus can't get work because they have the wrong type of surname. Their skin isn't French vanilla.

  3. Thanks Russ. I appreciate your views on the matter. I know we are a nation of immigrants, but the tradition that many of us took was to embrace our new homeland. By dividing our attention to every country that has a civil war or political strife [numerous now that most new immigrants will be from these kinds of countries], we risk dividing our own priorities.

  4. Skinny dipper, it also does not help that they refuse to WANT to integrate..they prefer to see their Muslim culture and Islamic faith as superior to the French, and until that changes, there will always be strife.