As I read about what is happening around me and some of the decisions that are made on my behalf I hear the distant chant of “don’t worry, I’ve got your back.” Consequently, when I hear someone in a position of power or strength say that to me I automatically check the bull s. .t meter that is always close by.
With that in mind I have listed and provided some possible solutions to 3 topics that do nothing more than confuse the hell out of me and I wonder if I am alone in that or if some of you who will read this article feel somewhat the same.
1. Multiculturalism: This was a dream of Pierre Trudeau. It was based in good intentions with a genuine hand out to welcome all those people who wanted a better life for their families. They wanted a chance to prosper and be free of fear and worry. They wanted to share their gifts with others. Canada benefited greatly by their arrival as did those who travelled here from all around the world. But as often happens with great ideas and intentions there were those who saw opportunities to hide their true thoughts, goals and behaviours in the Canadian Bill of Rights which of course provided them with all the protection and freedom they needed to carry on with their nefarious plans.
What would I do if I could? I would put a freeze on ALL immigration right now. As a host nation we need to take our time to develop protocols and policies that better ensure that the people who have made application are truly who they profess to be. So who are they? What skills do they possess? Can they use those skills to support themselves once they are here? Do they have family or friends in Canada that can vouch for their character while they are looking for work? Will family or friends provide housing and shelter when they arrive? We, of course, should provide appropriate health care and opportunities for adults and children alike be involved in English as a second language classes to improve their comprehension. The ‘multiculturalism’ of the 60’and 70’s is gone along with the idealism that sparked it’s growth and interest. Justin needs to let Pierre’s dream go. I’m not saying that we close our borders. What I am saying is that we approach multiculturalism in a manner that benefits us all and reflects 21st century reality. There are tens of thousands who line up and go through all the proper channels to get here. It amazes me how quickly we can fast track some refugees but struggle with those who are doing it legally.
2. Recently John McCallum, Federal Immigration Minister, announced a change in the requirements regarding refugees to have some working knowledge of English when they arrive at our doors. Apparently the new legislation would reduce, substantially, the level of understanding and ability to speak English. Could someone help me understand how a new arrival in Canada would be able to understand the forms needed to be filled out for citizenship, have any working knowledge of the Bill of Rights, how to seek and receive medical treatment, how to apply to go to school, how to sit in a Canadian classroom and grasp any semblance of what Canada is about: our political system, our history, our legal system and so on. How would they be able to understand the motor vehicle code and what the street signs mean. How would they know about their responsibility in recognizing other peoples rights. The list goes on. Are they that naive to believe that it will all just work out–somehow?
What would I do if I could? I would take that bill and torch it as quickly as possible and then make it perfectly clear to ANY and ALL potential immigrants that they are welcome to share our bounty but there is an expectation that goes along with becoming a citizen in the greatest country in the world. Being a citizen suggests you need to be able to make yourself understood and to understand what is being asked of you.
3. The next brain fart has to do with prohibiting the sale of cigarettes that contain menthol because ‘children like them too much’. Why, then, is it OK for kids to smoke ‘regular ‘ cigarettes or E-Cigs (uses nicotine as its main ingredient) but not those mentholated ones? How can any rational person say that ‘ordinary smokes are OK’ but mentholated ones aren’t. That is the suggestion. Remember that this is coming from a group of deep thinkers who want to legalize cannabis for recreational use.
Just to be clear I have long supported the idea of using cannabis for medical purposes only. Anything other than that is a money grab with little concern about the long term possibilities. Spin it any way you want. It is a dangerous idea. The driving principle is all about saving and raising federal money. You want to really win the’war on drugs’ you do it by affecting the demand side not the supply side. It seems to have worked considering tobacco use. Might it work with cannabis as well?? Just a thought.
What would I do if I could? If you are really concerned about the health of our kids when considering smoking then ban the sale of all tobacco products to kids under 21.
These are three of my peeves this week. Not surprising there are more but I have run out of space and words.
Let me know what you would do if you could.
Anyways, that’s how I see it–all the best, Jim
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