On Being Canadian

ON BEING CANADIAN

  • All Canadians are equal but some have a higher level of equality.
  • Canadians think Canada is a small country but over 150 countries are smaller in area, in population, and in economic wealth (gross domestic product).
  • Canadians can be racist if they belong to the right ethnic group (and it is not white Europeans and their descendants).
  • Canadians think they are law-abiding but they drive above the speed limit on streets and highways.
  • Canadians are proud that Canada has a high percentage of people with university degrees although many university graduates are underemployed.
  • Canadians revere university education but has a shortage of people with vocational skills.
  • Canadians think it is all right to import foreign workers to do the important work of food production and harvesting while many Canadians collect welfare.
  • Canadians think Canada promotes human rights but Canadian governments often support or encourage trade with countries that suppress human rights of their citizens.
  • Many Canadians think they are English or French but do not hold citizenship of the United Kingdom or France, and some have never been there.
  • Many Canadians think Canada and Canadians are well-liked internationally, but this is not universally the case, and it is better sometimes to pretend to be American or European than identify as Canadian.
  • Canadians think having teams in American sports leagues is better than supporting our national leagues, but this only shows Canadian subservience to having their favourites sports largely run by foreign business people.
  • Many Canadians think the role of the military is peace-keeping instead of maintaining order within Canada, defending Canada from foreign enemies, and being a deterrent to foreign invasion.
  • Many Canadians believe in freedom of speech and freedom of the press except if individuals or the media have different opinions from theirs about important socio-economic issues such as immigration policy, native rights, and international relations, or dare suggest that these issues should be debated rather than accepted.
  • Canadians think Canada can be everything for everyone but this makes Canada veer towards being nothing for anyone, i.e., a country without a distinctive culture and without a unified populace.
  • Many Canadians think it is wrong to be patriotic but patriotism is a virtue that strengthens a country (although nationalism is harmful).