Saturday, 18 February 2017
They are coming across our border, struggling with the cold and snow and the weight of their belongings and the crushing burden of fear. It wouldn't be the first time people fleeing oppression, real or perceived, crossed into Canada from South of our border. Some of my own ancestors came here the very same way. They were United Empire Loyalists fleeing a very primitive form of oppression in the form of beatings, torture and outright murder. Some of my ancestors came from Ireland during the famine and some from England searching for gainful employment. Some came from Germany. Everyone in this country, if they are not First Nations, is an immigrant, or the son or daughter of an immigrant, or the son or daughter of the son or daughter of an immigrant. No...not the first time and probably not the last. A long line of immigrants built this country. We did a damn fine job of it too. Now, we are Canadians. May you find the peace you seek here and be proud to call yourselves, Canadian..