Apr 06 2008
The latest findings from the Statistics Canada census show that the majority of visible minorities live in — surprise, surprise — Toronto and Vancouver (Canwest News). Not surprisingly, our new immigrants are avoiding the rustic charms of farming life in Saskatchewan and opting for the thrills and opportunities of the big city.
We’ve come a long way since the days of Lord Durham’s description of Canada as “two nations warring within the bosom of a single state” (presumably with the First Nations peoples living peacefully on the sidelines somewhere, Mr. Lambton?). How odd that certain Vancouver-based miscontents have taken it upon themselves in recent marches and demonstrations to blast the “racist Canadian state” for the terrible crime against humanity of having immigration rules and trying to police its territory (just like every society in human history, not excluding the Coast Salish people).
The real question that such groups need to answer is: if Canada is such a racist state, why does everyone keep moving here? Dealing with a related assertion (aired on the CBC last year) that in Canada and the USA in the post 9/11 world, certain ethnic groups feel like they are under siege, intellectual Hirsi Ali had this ironclad response: “I think that it’s highly exaggerated… If that were the case, we know of groups in history that were under siege and what they usually do is they would leave.”
They’re not leaving. The world is coming to Canada.
As we know from our own census records, Canada is still — happily — a nation of immigrants.