Wednesday, August 4, 2010

If You Love It, Don't Change It, Part 2

Why do immigrants to Canada want to change Canada?  Turbans in the RCMP was our first mistake.  It turned a formerly secular national policeman into a policeman with a visible religious viewpoint.  Now there's a push for "Shariah law" in Ontario, despite the fact that we've had a perfectly good legal system in this country for hundreds of years.  This week we learned that people apparently don't have to show their faces when they go through airport security.  (They already don't at polling stations when they vote.)  Seems to me that Canadian society is being fundamentally altered in the name of religious freedom.  We need some common sense here.  We need to distinguish between the necessary progress of human rights, religious freedoms, etc., and those changes which fundamentally alter what made Canada so popular with immigrants in the first place.  If non-conforming immigrants overwhelm our political structure either through sheer numbers or via birth rate, you can bet that we risk allowing Canada to degenerate into just the sort of place these folks wanted to escape from.  All we're doing is setting the stage for future friction between different ethnic groups who bring their "old country" habits and hatreds with them.  Immigrants can honour their culture all they want but must be Canadians first.  This country is in the best financial and political shape in the modern world, and yet I fear for its future.  I fear that the ethnic strife which is occurring in European nations as we speak is on the horizon in Canada.  It's too late to adopt the "melting pot" strategy of the U.S. rather than the "cultural mosaic" crap of our past Liberal governments, but surely we can draw the line at changing our national institutions for the sake of everyone - especially new immigrants.