What is a Canadian?

Stephane Dion is the new leader of the Liberal Party. And he is a citizen of France…Here’s what Dion said about the matter, on a rare occasion that he was pressed: “Multiple identities should be seen as an asset, not a threat,” he said. “There is nothing wrong with multiple identities. The hearts of people are big enough to accept different identities. Canadian citizenship will give me my rights. Identity is the way I feel about the country.” No talk of loyalty or obligation, no talk of duties. (Source)

So the new leader of the Liberal Party is a citizen of France. Oui. It’s true.

Now many Canadians of the conservative bent are very upset at this. Why? Let’s think about this for a moment.

What is a Canadian all about?

It’s not a common ethnicity. We are a nation of immigrants. The old English/French split is a quaint story of times past. We have a plethora of nationalities and “nations” within the legal construct of Canada. It is not, substantially speaking, a nation of any one group. It is a collection of individuals, holding on to their old heritage.

It’s not religion. That’s for sure. We can no longer be called a Christian nation. And if we are not a Christian nation, then we are a nation without a religion. So Christianity certainly does not define us or bind us to one another. Secularism is no glue either.

It’s not political beliefs or nationalism. Canadians are split 5 ways in this country: Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Bloc, and Green. We certainly can’t claim to be “proud” of our military either. Because what, precisely, is the military defending? Oh yes….Canadian Values. And what may they be? It depends on who you ask. For some, the right to kill an unborn child or “gay marriage” is a Canadian value. For others, it is not.

So just how is Canada a country anyhow, outside of its existing legal framework? What really binds us together as a country? Would we sacrifice our lives for this country? Hell no. Because sacrifice would entail believing in a common vision of the country. I certainly wouldn’t die on the battle field for Judy Rebick’s vision of the country, as I am sure she would be loathe to do so for my views.

If you really think about it, the only thing that really binds people together in this country and attracts people to come to it is the good times and economic benefits derived therefrom. At a time, Canada was also a beacon of hope for freedom and democracy. Today that vision can no longer seriously be sustained.

So what it comes down to is money. And when the money dries up and the party is over? What then? Well, it’s then we’ll see what this country is made of. And that’s the most frightening thing of all.

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