Don’t let the title of this article throw you off, I’m not talking about the physical property of Canada. I am talking about what it means to be a Canadian.
To me, thoughts of being a good Canadian include being friendly, polite, open-minded, a good neighbor, the type of person that will wave to another driver on a deserted road or not even think twice about stopping to help the person if they are in need.
On the international stage, we are a country that is constantly punching above its weight, whether it’s supporting our allies, competing in sporting events, or fighting for human rights. I like to think that other countries that closely share Canada’s views on what it means to be a good human being know that they can rely on Canada to have their back when necessary.
It doesn’t matter on your gender, color, or creed Canada to me is meant to be a melting pot of different people that share the same values.
So what do I mean when I ask the question “Are we slowly losing Canada?”
Every day something in the news or social media catches my attention that is distinctly not what I perceive to be Canadian values. I am just one person and realize that my view of what it means to be a Canadian is going to be different from other Canadians. This makes me ask myself a series of questions.
- Do I agree with our current federal and provincial government policies?
This, to me, is the most important question that I can ask myself as a Canadian citizen. As an adult in Canada, it is my right to vote, my vote and my beliefs are meant to be a small part of how Canada is shaped. I didn’t always exercise my right to vote because I didn’t feel it really made a difference at the end of the day. I now make sure that my vote is cast after doing a reasonable amount of research into the people or party that I am voting for. My voice is to be heard by the people that I vote for and most closely represents my views of what it means to be a Canadian.
Obviously, this question invokes many questions but here are some in no particular order that are important to me.
1a. Immigration and refugees
The Canadian government says that it wants 310,000 new immigrants for 2018 with the number increasing to 340,000 new immigrants by 2020. At less than 1% of our current population, this is probably a reasonable number, I do not believe this number includes refugee.
As a large country with a small population and the declining birth rate, we absolutely need immigration, but we need good immigration. The people that we welcome to Canada should have skills that match our needs, they should also have a savings account large enough to support them through the transition period.
1b. Religious freedoms
1d. Senior care
1e. Health care
1f. Energy/natural resources
1g. Carbon tax
1h. Equality of citizens
1j. National security
- What is the future of Canada?
- What role should we play on the international stage?
- Environmental challenges we will face in the future?