I wonder at what Canadian values really are. Are they, um, white- Anglo-Saxon, Protestant type shit or is it simply a vague hodgepodge of discrimination against anything unfavourable for the non-ethnic, upper classes, be they high, middle, or pretentious? What is ethnicity, exactly?
We all know that everyone living on the North American continent is an immigrant, including individuals of Caucasian races. Even the current aborigines are immigrants who took over North America from the pre-aboriginals, who died off, etc. We know this to be true in Canada because of artifacts excavated from various burial mounds. One of them is on Simon Fraser University grounds in British Columbia. Archeologists have confirmed this.
Every single Canadian is an immigrant with non-pre-aboriginal, hence, non-Canadian values. I don’t know what the politicians here mean by sifting out and/or, by extension, deporting ethnicities who “don’t share Canadian values”. In other words, non-whites in Canada need not apply, and we coloured folk had better watch our backs. Welcome to the segregation of the early 20th Century, and to the coming of apartheid to Canada.
Does ethnicity denote more than just colour? If it did, then has the progress we made in multiculturalism for the past so many decades been a joke? But if people of colour embrace whatever that vague thing is that makes a Canadian, Canadian, then how exactly can you tell? Can they embrace Canadiana within the context of their culture? Or at least be coloured and still be Canadian? Will a Real Canadian adult or child in the room please stand up and tell us what Canadian values are?
As far as my impoverished, ethnic brain can tell, we Canadians, since 1982, are all protected under the Constitutional Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as written in the following:
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
Marginal note:Life, liberty and security of person
7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.
Marginal note:Search or seizure
8. Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.
Marginal note:Detention or imprisonment
9. Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned.
Marginal note:Arrest or detention
10. Everyone has the right on arrest or detention
(a) to be informed promptly of the reasons therefor;
(b) to retain and instruct counsel without delay and to be informed of that right; and
(c) to have the validity of the detention determined by way of habeas corpus and to be released if the detention is not lawful.
Marginal note:Proceedings in criminal and penal matters
11. Any person charged with an offence has the right
(a) to be informed without unreasonable delay of the specific offence;
(b) to be tried within a reasonable time;
(c) not to be compelled to be a witness in proceedings against that person in respect of the offence;
(d) to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal;
(e) not to be denied reasonable bail without just cause;
(f) except in the case of an offence under military law tried before a military tribunal, to the benefit of trial by jury where the maximum punishment for the offence is imprisonment for five years or a more severe punishment;
(g) not to be found guilty on account of any act or omission unless, at the time of the act or omission, it constituted an offence under Canadian or international law or was criminal according to the general principles of law recognized by the community of nations;
(h) if finally acquitted of the offence, not to be tried for it again and, if finally found guilty and punished for the offence, not to be tried or punished for it again; and
(i) if found guilty of the offence and if the punishment for the offence has been varied between the time of commission and the time of sentencing, to the benefit of the lesser punishment.
Marginal note:Treatment or punishment
12. Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.
13. A witness who testifies in any proceedings has the right not to have any incriminating evidence so given used to incriminate that witness in any other proceedings, except in a prosecution for perjury or for the giving of contradictory evidence.
14. A party or witness in any proceedings who does not understand or speak the language in which the proceedings are conducted or who is deaf has the right to the assistance of an interpreter.
Marginal note:Equality before and under law and equal protection and benefit of law
15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
Marginal note:Affirmative action programs
(2) Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability. (84)
In short, Canadian values appear to be about tolerance, respect, and communication amongst the vast mosaic of ethnicities, believers, sexes and the disabled, whether or not you smoke dope or shoot up heroin, that make up Canada. Are these not sufficient as Canadian Values?
I honestly cannot see Canada, the Canada I have known as a toddler, to be a bigoted place. I have always called Canada home. I do not want to see it become a byword amongst nations as “that country that once was…” and now is a failure of the great multicultural experiment.
What I want to know, being the little ethnic and disabled shit-disturber that I am, is how many times have these rights and freedoms, guaranteed under the Constitution to every Canadian citizen, been violated, by whom, and to whom, and to what extent, in public and in private, high or low, since the Constitutional Act of 1982. I demand an exhaustive, public report, complete with records, stats, charts, comparisons, and an executive summary. Surely, that isn’t as crazy as whomever says that everyone should be screened for undefined and nebulous “Canadian values”, or else! Such data would be very revealing, and difficult to trust, if it were at all possible to mine.
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