Canada’s racial and cultural problems

Barbara Kay’s article in the National Post below goes a long way to illustrate the horrors of open-door immigration.

Immigration is supposed to benefit Canada first, and in my opinion the people she talks about shouldn’t even be here.

The benefits that I received upon arriving here in the summer of 1966 were conditional upon my ‘playing the game’ and fitting in. I was told that if I ended up in court I would be deported, and ditto if I showed up at the welfare office. I was expected to find employment, and they even tried to persuade me to go and work as a lumberjack in Quebec.

Now, we have immigrants who can successfully apply for citizenship despite criminal convictions, and we recently saw the pathetic spectacle of our national police force, the RCMP, apologising for executing search warrants on religious holidays.

Minorities are given preference in hiring regardless of qualifications, and are provided with free legal services by ‘human rights’ commissions to whom intent is meaningless and the truth irrelevant. As a union officer, I often saw ‘human rights’ complaints being filed simply as a backup to the grievance procedure.

We allow people into Canada who disrespect us and our institutions, who refuse to co-operate with the police, and who demand special considerations and to be catered to for an endless variety of reasons, religious and otherwise.

Many Muslims, rather than trying to integrate into Canadian society, insist that we accommodate both them and their religious practices, and some have even demanded a ‘parallel society’ within Canada in which they can live their lives according to Sharia law.

Open door immigration has caused a myriad of racial and cultural problems where none previously existed, with Canada being expected to kowtow to the newcomers rather than the other way around.

We need to return to the sensible attitudes which prevailed before Canada was trashed by Pierre Trudeau and his destructive promotion of rights over obligations.

Immigrants should be required to speak either English or French, and to sign an agreement that they will obey Canadian laws at all times, and refrain from criminal activity and becoming a ‘public charge’.

Those unassimilables already here should be offered incentives to leave, and the ‘family reunion’ and ‘humanitarian’ provisions in our legislation revoked in their entirety. Each person entering Canada must do so on their own merits alone.

And refugees must be confined and processed offshore, and their rights of appeal removed completely. Jail time must be made mandatory for ‘people smugglers’ and for those who pay them and assist them.

To achieve this, we must elect a government willing to exercise the ‘notwithstanding clause’ in the Charter of Rights, and to clean out the garbage.

We must bring our troops back from unwarranted foreign adventures, and put them to constructive use, finding and deporting illegals and those already ordered deported who are still here.

Jeff Goodall 

Communities must speak out against brutal traditions 

National Post

Barbara Kay: January 26th, 2011 

Canadians are not racist, but they are increasingly skeptical about the ideal of multiculturalism. Mass immigration, many feel, will only be desirable when immigrants choose to Canadianize, as they did in the years before multiculturalism was ensconced as an official state doctrine in the 1970s.

Here is one reason why they are skeptical. In a few months, Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya and their son Hamed will submit to Canadian justice in a courtroom. Each of them faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three teenage daughters/sisters, as well as the death of Shafia’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad. Details may emerge about the motivation for these alleged crimes, similar to many we’ve seen before, that will sicken and enrage most Canadians.

In the honour killings recorded in Canada since 2002 — 12 have been reported in total, but there probably are many more — the victims were girls or women, the perpetrators fathers and brothers, abetted by other family members. (Occasionally, absent a male authority figure in the household, mothers have killed their daughters.)

Honour codes, in which a girl or woman’s perceived sexual virtue is the linchpin around which an entire family’s good opinion of itself and its standing in the community revolves, are an importation to this country from regions, mainly the Middle East and South Asia, where honour culture has been entrenched for centuries. Although actual killings of girls and women, and abuses such as female genital mutilation (FGM) are typically associated with Muslim cultures, forced marriages, forced suicides and dowry fraud are present in Hindu, Sikh and (as we shall see below) even Christian communities from South Asia.

All such practices are anathema to Western culture, and in particular to our values of individualism and gender equality. Yet few influential elites are willing to speak out against them. On the contrary, our intelligentsia either remain silent themselves or attempt to silence others by associating disapproval of honour codes with racism. For example, Amin Muhammad, a psychiatrist at Newfoundland’s Memorial University, a supposed expert on honour killings, says, “We should not be focusing on any particular group or culture. Honour killings can happen to anybody in Canada.”

That is manifestly not true. Denial that honour-motivated violence is specific to certain cultures, reflexively parroted by liberal pundits and politically correct ideologues, only serves to enable its perpetuation.

It takes courage to state the obvious. The federal government has, to its credit, warned new Canadians against “barbaric” practices in its new citizens’ guidebook. But the government cannot uproot socially inappropriate perspectives within cultural enclaves without the support of cultural leaders. Some community spokesmen, ethnic media personalities and religious clerics have not been unequivocal — or even vocal — in condemning honour-motivated abuse against girls and women.

Two years ago, I formed a friendship with a Canadian survivor of honour-motivated abuse. Born and raised in the Punjab, Aruna Papp is ethnically Indian, and religiously Christian. The oldest of seven children, she came to understand, with the birth of every sister, that girls and women of her culture were, in her words, “unworthy creatures.” Only the eventual birth of her brother was an occasion for joy in her family. She arrived in Canada in 1972 as a young mother, under-educated, routinely abused by her (arranged-marriage) husband and, in her word, “brainwashed” into acceptance of her subservient role in a rigid patriarchal matrix.

Years later, happy in a second, egalitarian marriage, she became a counsellor to honour-obsessed South Asian families and an activist for South Asian women’s rights. Aruna’s story of lonely resistance, relentless upward striving and eventual triumph is inspirational. Inspirational because she didn’t consider her work done when she herself escaped the system. Aruna felt it was her personal responsibility to do what she could to change it. She applied her intimate knowledge of honour culture to a campaign of education and reform.

As a cultural whistle-blower, Aruna has paid a high personal price. For daring to expose the ongoing honour-motivated victimization of women in her community (she counsels second- and even third-generation Canadian clients of South Asian provenance), she was for many years shunned by her family and denounced by community leaders. Her persistence has paid off in (sometimes grudging) recognition and even admiration from some former detractors who used to condemn her for shaming them.

In her writings and speeches, Aruna emphasizes the fact that honour codes absolve the perpetrators and their abettors from guilt. They blame the victim for forcing their hand. This must end. As Aruna often says, it is not racist to demand that immigrant women benefit from the Charter of Rights as other Canadian women do. Cultural leaders must therefore take responsibility for breaking the cycle of honour-based abuses in their communities. 

Aruna Papp’s memoir, written with Barbara Kay, will be published by McClelland and Stewart in the fall of 2011.

National Post

bkay@videotron.ca

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