Canada. Perceived as welcoming, open and kind to all. We are indeed a very multi-cultural country. And for the most part… the perception of Canadians is fairly accurate. But like I said – for the most part. I’ve lived in almost every province of Canada. It is truly an inspiring country… but…
What you don’t know or see is just how prejudice and racism exists in Canada and to what extent it does. Just look at how we treat our First Nations People, the highest poverty rates in all of Canada. Take a closer look at the province of Québec (where I lived for 13 years and am fully bilingual as a result of living there) – a very bigoted and racist predominantly Catholic province. It was no more clearer when the small rural town of Herouxville published its Code of Life in January 2007 … where they remind immigrants that is not permissible to stone women to death, burn them alive or throw acid on them; stating all immigrants are welcome to live as valued citizens to Herouxville, with the caveat that Immigrants must not try and change Herouxvilles 200-year old established Judeo-Christian way of life and adapt to the Towns laws and moral codes drafted by the citizens of Herouxville.
I have a lot to say on this subject, especially when I, who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, was subject to persecution for my belief system. Where I was attacked with rotten tomatoes, potatoes and yes, stones for doing what that faith is renown for going from door to door. All of this happened in rural Québec. I also remember very vividly watching in horror (captured on live television), as women, children and elderly First Nations fled the Kahnawake reservation during the OKA crisis in 1990. They were ‘greeted’ with a very large mob of French-Canadian Québecers who stoned their cars, injuring many and causing tremendous psychological damage. I know this because I lived in that town and experienced that crisis first hand and saw what they did. And many of those who fled the reservations were my schoolmates, friends and loved ones. Rioting ensued against my high school because it was an English speaking school and many First Nations attended our school.
I simply love the hypocrisy of their culture. Its mind boggling especially because NOTHING was done about it.
And they ask you not to call them racist. They are simply trying to preserve their antiquated way of life and French language. Sure. I think not. This is a clear case of Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do… And yes. MANY are racist, not all… but MANY. Far too many don’t want anyone to come and potentially change their fragile existence… and so they do what they don’t want others to do.
Hypocritical isn’t it? I certainly believe it is.
After the idiotic and hypocritical Code of Life was put out by one community – a commission was created to examine the issue with Québecers complaining that Canadians are far too accommodating to immigrants and Québecers have had enough. They don’t like it. Assimilate or leave. The commission was lead by two academics, Sociologist Gerard Bouchard and Philosopher Charles Taylor, paid for by the minority Liberal Québec government.
Here are their findings (highlights are done by yours truly):
The 300-page report by sociologist Gerard Bouchard and philosopher Charles Taylor said it is time to reconcile concerns about protecting Quebec’s dominant French-speaking identity and the demographic forces moving the Canadian province toward a more secular, pluralist society.
The Quebec government created the commission last March after a number of incidents in which some in the Canadian province of 7.6 million bitterly opposed “reasonable accommodations” for minorities, such as letting Muslim girls wear headscarves in soccer or martial arts competitions.
The most glaring backlash came in the small town of Herouxville, which in January 2007 published a “code of life” to remind immigrants that it is not permissible to stone women to death, burn them alive or throw acid on them.
After a year that included sometimes boisterous public hearings, the commission concluded that the foundations of collective life in Quebec were not in crisis.
“What we are facing, instead, is the need to adapt,” the report said. “Our society is sufficiently divided at present and we must seek to reduce splits and tensions instead of exacerbating them. The time has come for compromise, negotiation and balance.”
To better integrate immigrants, the commission recommended that the government speed up the process of recognizing skills and diplomas acquired abroad. Advocacy groups have complained that immigrants often cannot find work in Quebec that matches their qualifications.
“Our consultations reveal that members of the ethnic minorities are seeking employment much more than accommodation,” the commission said.
The report has political implications for the minority Liberal government headed by Jean Charest.
Charest, whose party wants Quebec to stay in Canada, said he planned to act quickly on the recommendations.
But the two main opposition parties, took a harder stance.
Pauline Marois, head of the Parti Quebecois, which wants Quebec to separate from Canada, said the report fails to address the question of what constitutes Quebec identity.
Under its own draft legislation, the Parti Quebecois has previously proposed withholding “Quebec citizenship” from immigrants, including those from other parts of Canada, who not have an “appropriate” knowledge of French.
Failure to demonstrate French language skills would prevent immigrants from holding public office, raising funds for a political party or petitioning the legislature to redress a grievance.
Mario Dumont, head of the Action Democratique du Quebec party, called for the creation of a Quebec constitution that would “show everyone who we are.”
The commission’s 37 recommendations included suggesting that judges, prosecutors and police officers be prohibited from wearing religious signs to promote secularism. But people like teachers and health professionals would be allowed to do so.”
Québecers claims such accommodations are leading to an identity crisis, where their 200 year way of life is being threatened. The conclusion of their report:
“There is no crisis … one could even say we are far from it, despite the impressions people might have,” said Bouchard, adding “the only crisis is one of perception … we came close to skidding out of control, I think all Quebecers should draw a lesson from it.“
What pisses me off is how fear keeps such a stunning and beautiful province from evolving and growing as a community. How they plan on discarding all recommendations made by the commission because the outcome was not as they had hoped.
How can they expect to thrive as an independent nation, let alone on an international level, if they cannot, as part of a large country, get along with those who live within their walls? Yes. They want to separate from Canada. We ALL know that. But they are a joke on not only a national level but also on an international level. Which is harming them more than anything else. How can they expect the world to want to do business, take them seriously in anything when they mock the beliefs, rituals and customs of others? Will they expect to only do business with France, where that country wants nothing to do with them?
Do I agree with the customs of stoning women, burning them alive, throwing acid on them? Hell no. The world knows this is wrong. Even many of them living within those rules know it’s wrong … which is why many of them are fleeing their countries for places like Canada and the US. But when you yourself do it when it feels right for you… and do not want or expect retribution… you’re an ignorant idiot.
Québec is part of Canada. They are French-CANADIAN Québecers. Has been for as long as Canada has been recognized as a country. So deal with it. Canada has become a multi-cultural country… one that in spite of our very tainted past and immediate present – the world still sees as a safe haven and seek refuge in. Adapt.
You want the immigrants to adapt, yet you don’t want to adapt to the very country you belong too?? Hypocrite. Selfish idiots. With such a mentality – you are a disgrace to Canada. It’s time to grow up and stop the temper tantrums. Otherwise, practice what you preach – assimilate or leave. Be as Canadians when in Canada, since I like you remind you of where you live and which country you belong too.
Those who don’t adapt, evolve and grow with the times… are the one who are left behind.