|Even though I’m running a risk of letting this blog drift off into politics, I thought I’d show you guys the email we received today. But before that I must say for our American friends that the background for this letter is the recent political proposal of the Province of Quebec to prohibit the wearing of all kind of religious symbols in public jobs. Of course this has started a very hot burning discussion throughout Canada. Canada has always looked at itself as the country where multiculturalism was the backbone of Canadian democracy and freedom. But when f.ex a police officer shows up wearing a turban instead of his uniform cap then people are getting excited in a negative way. I, myself have met one of those back when we were still in Alberta. And I didn’t like it a bit.|
So there’s gotta be a truth in the following letter, which I won’t keep away from you any longer. If you feel for it write a comment, if not it’s OK as well. And at the end of this letter you can read my own comment.
Congratulations to our fellow Canadians in Quebec who had the courage and conviction to exhibit their common sense in officially banning the hijab for certain transactions where identity is mandatory. It's a start. It's a privilege to be allowed to immigrate and to live in this country - not a right. When this hit the e-news a few weeks ago, there was overwhelming support by the readers who AGREED with Quebec 's action.
The letter below says it all. Keep it going.
They made learning English a primary rule in their new Canadian households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home. They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new and better life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.
I want back the country of my birth.
We are letting people live here that hate our way of life!!!!!!!!
My comment: Since this discussion started in Quebec I must say that it did surprise me a little. As is known the Province of Quebec tends to act a bit special and uncanadian at times. First I will mention Qubec’s repeated attempts to separate from Canada. Second there is the fact that the Province does not allow any English in public places. And I am talking about English company- or product names. Walmart is not Walmart in Quebec but “Le Magasine De Walmart” and stuff like that. So, naturally I’m a bit cautious about applauding to the full extent of the above letter.
Also i know that many immigrant communities in the early 1900s hung onto their homeland language. Icelanders in Manitoba spoke Icelandic for a very long time until they slowly changed to English. The same happened to German, Norwegian and Dutch communities. Mennonites are STILL speaking their old German language.
But of course there is a difference between what I am doing in private when I speak to my wife and what I’m doing in a public office. Canada has 2 official languages plus the native languages of the First Nations. Police officers with turbans break with the rules of having a publicly recognizable uniform. This country maintains certain standards – in spite of multiculturalism. What people do after their job I do not care about.