Sunday, December 12, 2004

Happy Anniversary!

It was 18 years ago today that my family arrived in Canada. I know 18 isn't special for an anniversary like it is for a person, but we're celebrating nonetheless. It wasn't easy for my family to stay here, but it was worth it.

I'm going to take the opportunity to point out that Canada's immigration policy still makes it far too hard for regular people to get here (everyone remember the Sklarzyks?) and far too easy for people like the Khadrs to become citizens.

I think we would all benefit from having a far more open immigration policy that allows people seeking a better life to move here. You know, provided they're not terrorists.

3 comments:

Jay said...

I suppose if it was so easy to distinguish terrorists from normal folk, then we might have a more open policy.
Right now, I'm happy with the way things are. I like being a country with some room to spare. I never want to be crowded or have great big monster cities.

J

Lemon said...

Jay, given that Canada has an aging population and a low birth rate (http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/apr/04041905.html), we are going to need increased immigration so that our population does not shrink.

And given the size of the country and our very small population, I think we've got a while yet before we need to worry about being crowded.

J-Hi said...

Viggsy-woo, I am so pleased you did come to Canada and that I was able to celebrate yesterday with you and Sassy-V over some bubbly and portobello burgers.