For all of our flaws, and for all the advances Canada's own dark bureaucracies have made in their cancerous invasions of our private lives, and into our traditions of due process, we have sunk to nothing like the European level of depravity. We still have independent institutions of long standing; and even if they won't stand boldly against the "trends of the times" -- against the metastatic growth of the Nanny State -- they could still do so.
When CTV ran the news about the new guide, the website was jammed with comments, and it's easy to see that the overwhelming majority felt that the new guide was fantastic:
Sounds reasonable to me to have knowledge of Canada in order to live in this great country. The only requirement under the Liberal governments were for the immigrants to learn how to get welfare and use the system. ...Allan
This makes me very happy to hear. This is a great stepping stone to re-unifying Canada after so many years of self hating government policies from the liberals. We're proud of our country, we're proud of our history, you marxists out there will never take it away from us! .....MD
I am THRILLED with the new Citizenship Guide... and as for the snarky CTV headline about the guide being small on "arts"... let me just say that ballet dancers, painters and others in the "arts" are not the reason for my freedom, nor do I see any of these "artists" fighting for freedom in Afghanistan or Iraq.....Irritable Canadian
Also, there were a few suggestions from Canadians, which would serve well to keep in mind for the next revision, whenever that happens to be:
A fantastic idea!!! I would also add that there should be more emphasis put on the history of the RCMP as well. And to finish it off, you should only allow ONE passport! This would deter any convienient Canadians that get a Canadian Passport and then move away for years on end only to demand help when their original country is attacked. ...Ryder
The lady that spoke on Powerplay today, Sima Sahar Zerehi also siad that canda should give "FREE" language classes to people when they come to this country. But as a Canadian who has live here all of my life 58 years if I want to learn to speak french I have to pay. I think what we have to do in this country is teach people Canada isn't just about a "FREE" hand out. ......... Peter
The guide should also stress that if anyone wants to be called Canadian he/she must be willing to embrace our values and culture. We should not have to adapt to outside retarded ways nor should we have to put up with religious fanatics....Tony
Other news outlets reported on the reaction from individuals:
Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Montreal-based think-tank Association for Canadian Studies, says the new citizenship document represents a clear victory for the "well intentioned" proponents of Canada's military history, who have long argued that the country's pivotal participation in the two world wars should occupy a more central place in our national identity
Speaking for myself, I liked the inclusion of the following paragraph, and any one who dares to criticize this inclusion has a dark hidden agenda. Only a muslim man of the worst sort or a non-muslim of an unspeakable sort, who desires to treat his women folk like dirt, will find something amiss with these words. A good decent man will applaud the inclusion as will all women.
The Equality of Women and Men
In Canada, men and women are equal under the law. Canada's openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, honour killings, female genital mutilation, or other gender-based violence. Those guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada's criminal laws