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"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.


Thursday, May 09, 2002

What the hey?! Determined to do his utmost to perpetuate the somewhat unfair depiction of Canada as a haven for terrorists (although usually for terrorists trying to infiltrate the U.S.), Prime Minister Jean Chretien has tentatively offered sanctuary to the 13 Palestinian "militants" currently holed up in Bethlehem. At least, according to the National Post: "Terror suspects can come here: PM."

And I'm still waiting for my Landed Residence (a Canadian Green card) to come through!

I guess if Canada has no problem with fundraising by Hezbollah, then it shouldn't have any problem with Hamas and Al Aqsa terrorists either.
I think he'll go to jail for this. Apparently, when Lucas Helder spoke to his parents after being arrested for his pipe bomb spree that injured several people, he asked "Do you think I'll go to jail because of this?" I think the answer is "yes."
Sex makes strange bedfellows. At the UN session on children yesterday, the United States "joined an unlikely behind-the-scenes alliance on social issues with fundamentalist Islamic nations and the Vatican to oppose birth control as a solution to AIDS":

The U.S. argued its position as part of a negotiating group with Iran, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan and the Vatican's Holy See, according to officials from aid organizations and national delegations.

Who says there's a clash of civilizations?
What would Joanne Jacobs think? In its quest to remain more French than the French, Quebec is making it even harder for people to choose to send their children to English-language schools

The Quebec government is plugging a major loophole in its language law to prohibit parents from sending their children to some private English-language schools in order to gain access to English-language public education.

The province's French Language Charter allows only children of parents who have been educated in English schools anywhere in Canada to attend English-language public schools in Quebec. Children of immigrant families and those of francophone families are required to attend French schools. However, the current law does allow for some exemptions.

To get around it, a growing number of immigrant and francophone parents who want their children educated in English have been sending them to private non-subsidized English-language schools for a year or two and then gaining access to English public schools....

Rich immigrant families have been the principal users of the loophole, paying as much as $10,000 a year to avoid sending their children to French schools.

I understand the benefits to requiring immigrant students to learn in the new country's language -- that seems to be the basis for criticism of bilingual education in the U.S. But somehow, when a province opts for heavy-handed regulation to prevent its citizens from learning in one of the two national languages (while in other provinces we see anglophones freely sending their kids to French immersion programs in the public schools), something seems wrong about this.

And when you see this happening, it suggests that the Quebec government is whistling into the wind:

The trend [of using this loophole] has grown to include upper-income francophone families. Once a child is admitted to an English public school, all brothers and sisters and their offspring are allowed to follow suit.
Back again this afternoon. Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday. Every now and then, work intrudes on blogging...for now, at least. I should be back posting this afternoon.

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