Massively [OT] Re: [oclug] tell your municipal politician ab
bbarnett at L8R.net
bbarnett at L8R.net
Tue Aug 14 21:50:41 EDT 2001
On 14-Aug-2001 cbbrowne at hex.net wrote:
>> My personal view on multiculturalism is that it is bad for
>> _people_. We're all human; black, white, etc. There is _no_ difference,
>> none, nada, zilch, zip-o.
> My regard for it is more along the lines of "vive la difference;" I'd feel
> poorer without the option of ordering Lamb Rogan Josh for lunch, and the fact
> that I'm only mentioning food says I'm being incomplete, not that I'm
> food's the only important thing.
> (It's lunchtime, so lunch _is_ pretty important right now! :-))
>> Yet our government, as a relic of the Mulroney
>> era, would have us believe that the bag that carries our bones is
>> some magic key to differentiate one another.
> Isn't this more a relic of the Trudeau era? The big movement into the
> official multiculturism as we see it" came in at that
I'm all for multiculturalism. One thing that pisses me off though is when
people are given citizenship when they can't speak English or French properly.
What _really_ burns me up is if their kids (natural born Canadians) can't.
Rare, but I've seen it. I also feel that no one that has been given Canadian
citizenship should be allowed to hold any public office or position (government
paid or elected) for 10-20 years. You honestly can't represent people in your
district if you don't fully understand the laws, and there are a lot of
cultural differences between countries that it takes years to pick up. In
fact, it should probably be 16 years, or whatever the provincial standard is
for you to become an adult. That way it can be applicable to ALL Canadians.
The _only_ reason I care about this is that it is impossible to bind a society
together if the society is unable to communicate amongst itself, and you don't
fully understand it.
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