Immigration Canada System
October 14, 2011 by staff
That is the focus of new book by Adrienne Clarkson, space for all of us amazing stories of loss and transformation (Allen Lane), the holding of the contribution of immigrants to Canada.
The governor general is now above 72, which arrived here from Hong Kong at the age of 3. Therefore, it is well placed to examine the waves of immigration that have come to Canada with personal stories of each group, including Naheed Nenshi, the mayor of Calgary Ismaili-Canadian, and David Albahari, a Serbian-Canadian writer.
The book’s publication in the October 18 coincides with the Canadian Citizenship Week.
We found Clarkson to talk to her about his new book.
What does being Canadian?
I think it is a set of shared citizenship values ??- values ??which means they believe in democracy and do not throw that around lightly. Basically, we are happy with our system of democracy, law and justice, our social ideals, which are equal. To me they are incorporated into our public education system and health system. Everyone has access to that. I was on the subway at rush hour this morning and I looked at some of the cars of 12 or 15 seats, and I see that there are 11 who sat in people who are not white. It’s a very interesting mix, we are the first country that I really like that.
I wonder how many picture you take the subway.
We choose where we live, when we returned from Ottawa so I could use public transport again, because I am a great public transit booster. In every city that I like to know how it works, because I believe that public transport weaves a city. I like to drive, and I do not like parking.
What have you learned in the course of writing this book?
How similar we all are. The people I have focused in this book lost everything. Many people who write about were very young. It’s only as they grow to agree with what happened, how their parents behave and how their parents sacrificed for them or are sacrificing for them. Many people came to less than nothing and became something in terms of how their lives. Canada has transformed.
Is there a group that does not assimilate?
I do not think there’s any group in Canada that do not assimilate in the sense of understanding our values, our democracy, our rule of law. If we have confidence in him as a country that has confidence in him, as they have experienced what it is to live in a country that treats its people alike – and then it’s up to them.
The profile of many immigrants in this book. What is your favorite story?
I can not say no favorites. Some of them knew that, like (former CBC announcer) Andy Barrie, who was a deserter from the U.S. Army. Fred Bild (diplomat) who had known for 35 years, but did not know their history. I knew that Fred was a child of the Holocaust.
Who would have guessed William Shatner was an ESL teacher?
Fred is very grateful to him because in a field of B’nai Brith William Shatner looked at this small 12-year-old Jewish boy, displaced persons, and said, “Come and be in a play,” and helped him with his English. That has never forgotten.
The section on the Dodgers project is fascinating. Some of them have made incredible contributions to Canada.
Most of them have. I started my daily television program in 1965 and in 1969, ’70 and ’71 Dodgers and deserters began to come to Canada, so you really know them. We have won so many talented people, all 40-odd thousand of them college-educated young men.
This book reflects the hard work of immigrants. Do Canadians have an appreciation for what it takes to succeed after one has been uprooted and moved to a new country?
I do not think Canadians really understand from the inside out. My examples are all people who were thrown, literally, out or basically felt they had to leave. Canadians do not realize what it means not having a country – it is not having a state, not a person in the eyes of someone, but just a number or a problem. People, I think you can identify with that kind of depersonalization if it is pointed out to them.
We are doing something right if 80 percent of immigrants take citizenship here compared to 60 percent in the United States.
I think we have something special to do in the world, because nobody knows how to do it like us. I have a deep belief that when people will react necessary to save other human beings. That’s part of our role in the world and is very important. What I do is to reinforce that for people in Canada.
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