During the Winter Olympics, I saw the phenomena of new Canadians, and by "new" I am including all those who have made Canada their home in the last 20 years, cheering for their countries of origin instead of cheering for Canada. The media made a big show of how enthusiatic the new community was about the games by going to the ethnic pockets of Toronto and filming the "new" Canadians and their offspring cheering for countries other that Canada. How many generations would the "new" Canadians have to be on Canadian soil to start cheering for Canada? I think this is a strange phenomena happening all over Canada with the media encouraging and making it look like it's all very normal and a desired trait of multiculturism that we should all admire and be proud of. IT IS NOT. New Canadians must instill in their offspring that Canada is their land and the country their parents came from is irrelevant now and always should be henceforth. You simply cannot have it any other way. I have noticed that even the children born in Canada to "new" Canadians are more fluent in the language of the country their parents migrated from than in English, they know more about movies and actors from their parents' old countries than anything or anybody else on the usual channels offered in Canada. What's going on?
Michael Coren has written a thought-provoking article in today's Toronto Sun along the lines of this same phenomena. Poignant is this paragraph:
While the fantasy is of modern Canada being composed of numerous nations, faiths and people who all come together as one, the truth is closer to numerous battling and exclusive groups carving out their own influence and place in a fractured state too nervous and self-critical to be proud in its being and aggressive in its citizenship.
And from the comments to Coren's article, here is one I fully agree with:
FoB June 12th 2010, 2:52pm Where does the foreign loyalty end? Two generations or three generations? How about four? We have people going nuts in the street for a win by a team from a country their grandparents or great granparents left. I moved here as an immigrant only 11 years ago and for me its Canada above all
Sometimes, deep down in our subconsciousness, we know something is not really kosher about certain situations. The behaviour of the new generation of Canadians resulting from the influx of immigrants in the last couple of decades should wake up something somewhere within you even if your conscious self does not want you to acknowledge it. If we don't make ourselves aware of this phenomena, we will not find the ways to control or change it for the good of Canada.