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Friday, October 14, 2005

So Canada wants more immigrants, eh?

Politicians in my home and native land might rue the day they started asking for more immigrants.

The solution? Since Canada won't let up with the abortions and contraception any time soon, just get the word out to the 11 million or so illegal aliens in the US that Canada has an even more "free" medicare system, many Home Depot parking lots, no sweltering deserts to cross, and plenty of long distance phone cards to Latin America. Plus, who's paying attention to south-to-north crossings?

Voila. A bigger Canada.


Blogger Rebecca said...

Pierre Pettigrew bugs me on so many levels. Not the least of which is his hair, but that's just being mean, I know.

Agreed about your take on this - no laws concerning abortion on demand is the untalked, unknown commodity here. Most people don't know that Canada does not have laws restricting abortion within a certain time period (first trimester, etc.) - and that abortions are covered under our wonderful "free" healthcare.

Plus, the kids all get sent to expensive universities and don't learn real jobs. How many General Arts BA's does one country need?

The Conservatives recently sent an email re: supporting trades, and that's a good place to start. More immigrants? Sure. Might help if they were required to learn English and/or French (for Quebec) so they could actually work within Canadian society instead of setting up small nationstates within it. When my mom immigrated from Germany, she was required to have a certain level of English to stay. Not so much anymore. I saw this played out in the Emergency Room two weeks ago when an entire family came in and not one of them spoke a lick of English. They ended up having a security guard try to translate from nurse to the kid who fell and smashed up his face; not the best situation.

Sometimes I envy you, living across the line. Even though you are in a blue state.

11:09 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

The hair is problematic. No question. The difference between blue state life and Canadian life is that in the latter, the minority of conservative folks makes for a challenge in finding like-mindeds. The default Canadian stance, even among many who privately see themselves as more or less conservative, is passivity.

Canucks think that fighting back is "not nice" and -- dare we admit it -- "too American." Meanwhile, the Canadian handbasket wends its untroubled way downstream.

Her in the US, fighting back -- publically declaring one's independence from any powers that be (government or media empire) -- enjoys a long tradition.

2:35 PM


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