Words From 1907
This article was written over a century ago . . . . . so it has stood the test of time. It is short, and to the point. As I present this letter I do not intend to single out any particular group. This is simply meant as an example of what we, as Canadians, need to expect from ANY immigrants coming to Canada. This is our land and we are offering to share it with others. We do not, however, intend to turn it over to anyone other than our children and their children. We demonstrate our compassion and who we are as Canadians by providing and maintaining a safe haven for ALL who want the same. We provide opportunity for others to share in our bounty so that they can provide the same to their children and families. What we have now does not come close to representing any of that. We need to protect this land from foreign invasion of any kind and we need to be damn sure that anyone for any reason who cannot live by this simple expectation is provided an opportunity to return to whence they came as quickly as possible with our thanks for stopping by. The idea that we owe anyone more than this is not realistic.
“First of all we must insist that the immigrant that comes here is willing to become a Canadian and is willing to assimilate our ways, he should be treated on equal grounds and it would be shameful to discriminate against such a person for reasons of their beliefs or the place of birth or origin. But it is the responsibility of that person to become a Canadian in all aspects of life, nothing else but a Canadian. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says that he is a Canadian, but tries to impose his customs and habits upon us, is not a Canadian. We have room for only one flag, the Canadian flag. There is room for only two languages here, English and French. And we have room for loyalty, but only one, loyalty to the Canadian people. We won’t accept anyone, I’m saying anyone, who will try to impose his religion or his customs on us.”
I believe that this is a clear, unbiased, non-racist, straight forward declaration of what we expect from those who come to share our freedoms. THIS is what true multiculturalism should look like and not the awful misconception that we have today.
Oh yes, this was in a letter written in 1907 by Sir Wilfred Laurier. Wow! How is that for insight.
Parenting Tip Of The Week:
One of the greatest threats to our domestic safety as a nation is the growing number of single parented homes and as a part of that the number of homes that are fatherless. Its not that moms aren’t doing all they can to keep their homes as safe and secure as possible. It is about moms having only so much energy and insight and skill to manage it all at once. There are three major signs that any single parent–mom or dad– needs to heed in order to do the best they can in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances:
1. Suicidal talk and less talk about future plans
2. Spending more time away from home or family–becoming disconnected from family and friends.
3. Increased evidence of alcohol/cannabis/cocaine use–being around those who are reputed to be addicts or alcoholics
One of the best counters to these behaviours–become informed–read–investigate–ask your kids questions that are direct and to the point. Let them know that you care and that you love them and do this often. They will never get tired of hearing that you value them and that you care about what they do and how they are doing. They need to know that they have a place in the world. There are many parenting guides full of ‘do this’ and ‘don’t do that’. And most of these are great resources. But when it comes down to it the most important things are all about them feeling connected somewhere to something and someone. Be that person.
Anyways, that’s how I see it–all the best, JIm
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