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Happy Birthday Canada!

A while back an American man thought that they would offer their solidarity with me as a Canadian.  They said, “I love you Canadians, In fact I think that the US and Canada should join together as one big country!”

I hated the idea.

He was shocked and didn’t really understand when I told him why I thought it was such a terrible idea.  I love being Canadian, and have no interest in being a (US) American. He found it hard to understand – doesn’t everyone want to be an American!?

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Why would I? Canada, is one of the most diverse nations on earth, and we are having a birthday today! Here are an interesting fact about

“the land of the free and the home of the brave”

The proportion of foreign-born Canadians is at its highest in 70 years, though we still don’t  match the record high levels of the early 1900’s. Canada intake of immigrants represented less than 1% of its total population through the nineties. But back in 1911-1913 that was closer to 5%

Still, even with the numbers dipping, at 18%, Canada’s proportion of foreign-born citizens is the second highest in the world, topped only by Australia’s 22%.

Who Cares?

So what does that have to do with anything?  Simple really, when it comes to understanding other cultures Canadians have an unfair advantage, we have been doing it our whole lives.

Look around at other nations and you notice all kinds of problems with a variety of cultures trying to live together.

  • The ghettoization of different ethnicities in France.
  • Racially hateful political parties in Northern Europe.
  • Slavery wounds that lie just below the American skin

Am I saying that Canadians don’t have problems?  I am not that naive – but there is something to what we have going. When you consider the sheer volume of different ethnicities we have, compered to the problems we face, we are a pretty impressive role model to the world. Thats why Canadians get asked to come and help in ethnic conflicts in global hotspots, we are good at this. Lets continue to lead the world this way. We have a lot to share.

Just another reason to be proudly Canadian

Mark Crocker

July 1, 2005

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