A Canadian blast from the past

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes a Canadian and assimilates himself to us, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.

“But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet a Canadian, and nothing but a Canadian. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is a Canadian, but something else also, isn’t a Canadian at all.

“We have room for one flag, the Canadian flag…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the Canadian people.”

Wilfrid Laurier, Canada’s prime minister, 1907

The irony is the wave of multiculturalism that has engulfed Canada since the Second World War, was the product of Liberal party governments. Wilfrid Laurier, a Liberal, had it right then and it’s still right today.

Our country should not be a convenience stop for those seeking our benefits but who still cling to their homelands. Our public schools should not be used for religious services other than those institutions dedicated to a particular religion.

Canada needs immigrants but on our terms.

The energy, ideas, and expertise qualified immigrants bring to our Country strengthens our Canadianism.  It should be clear to those applying to come to Canada as immigrants that they must adhere to a single loyalty – to Canada.


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