Letter to Prime Minister Harper

Subject: WORDS FROM 1907
To: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca burka
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
I received recently from your Conservative Party comments made by you regarding the “Oath of allegiance” in the context of the hijab head garments. I applauded your stance even it’s only symbolic in terms of what has happened in Canada and in fact around the world in terms of Muslim immigration issues.
We appear to be well beyond the point that Sir Wilfred Laurier spoke of in 1907 in terms of not only our ‘accommodation’ of these new immigrants but those of neighbouring countries both here in North America and in Europe.  We have turned a blind eye to the enclaves of segregated cultural indifference to our established values and allowed their cultural roots and values to overtake our own.
Thousands of years of cultural values cannot be shed by simply transporting a refugee to a new land but clearly our ancestors from Europe appeared far more willing to embrace our country and multi-cultural nature with greater assimilation rather than indifference and segregation.
I would specifically would like to know what your party has done or is prepared to do with respect to avoiding the issues which we see so vividly in Europe where these people refuse to assimilate into the culture of a new country ie: embrace it’s language; laws; and values. Rather they have segregated into strong enclaves where police and fire fighters reportedly fear to go!  They continue to practice sharia law and frankly refuse to adopt civil law as practiced in the country in which they live. This is a serious concern for France, Germany the UK and even America.  Demonstrated behaviour speaks volumes as to what the future holds for any country where they migrate!
I want to be perfectly clear that this is not an ‘anti Muslim’ ‘anti immigration’ stance but a very serious concern that I am expressing personally noting this is a sentiment expressed by my friends and colleagues as well. It strikes me we need to reflect on models of how to perhaps avoid the mis-steps of our European neighbours.  Was it too much to fast?  Inappropriate screening or post immigration placement?  I recall when my in laws supported a ‘boat family ‘ from Vietnam.  They came and lived in their home for a year. Our entire family embraced and supported them. My father in law provided employment for the husband. We helped them as a family learn English reflecting our Canadian values. Perhaps this is a better model of integration – certainly it worked effectively for us as a family and thousands of others who embraced these people from another land.
Today all 5 members of that family are productive Canadians who assimilated into our culture and into it’s traditional values. The children graduated from our Universities and now they are raising their children in a similar manner. We have a seamless relationship with them to this day.  Our own adopted Korean Canadian children and their children remain in contact to this day.
I sincerely trust that you will receive this email in the light in which it was written – my deepest concern for my country and the future of my children and my grandchildren.
Dr Kenneth A Bowler

What Wilfred Laurier thought of the immigrants wanting to become Canadians in 1907.

«First of all we must insist that the immigrant that comes here is willing to become a Canadian and is willing to assimilate our ways, he should be treated on equal grounds and it would be shameful to discriminate against such a person for reasons of their beliefs or the place of birth or origin. But it is the responsibility of that person to become a Canadian in all aspects of life, nothing else but a Canadian. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says that he is a Canadian, but tries to impose his customs and habits upon us, is not a Canadian. We have room for only one flag, the Canadian flag. There is room for only two languages here, English and French. And we have room for loyalty, but only one, loyalty to the Canadian people. We won’t accept anyone, I’m saying anyone, who will try to impose his religion or his customs on us.» Wilfred Laurier, 1907

I’m proud to call myself a Canadian, I’m loyal to the Crown the Flag and the Laws of the land.
God BLess and keep reading

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2 Responses to Letter to Prime Minister Harper

  1. John Tate says:

    Dear Irish Rover. I’m afraid your Wilfrid Laurier quotation is actually a mash up of things said by Teddy Roosevelt, who, you might recall, was a president of the United States.

    Theodore Roosevelt
    “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

    ― Theodore Roosevelt

    • irishroverpei says:

      Thank you John. I stand corrected although it wouldn’t be the first time one politician used another politician’s quote

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