CBC should get credit when it is due. Last night, The National profiled several immigrants to Canada who were to be part of today’s ceremonial 60th anniversary citizenship ceremony at the Supreme Court. The first profile, from correspondent Peter Gulich, showed us Iranian immigrants, the Nafasi family – husband Ali, daughter “Hillary”, and mom, Dr. Sepideh Nafasi. Here’s the video:
Dr. Nafasi nails it: she wants to live in a place where she has “A freedom that you really feel in your heart.” This is what Canada should be all about, folks: FREEDOM. Not enforced equality; not a place to air your gripes; not a place to raise money to take back to your homeland; not a place to milk the system for all it’s worth; not a place to continue fighting your old-world tribal battles; not a place to force the “locals” to change to accomodate every one of your whims; but a place for you to balance assimilation and preservation of healthy traditions. This family has it right: they want to live in a land of freedom, and they’re willing to go to Conception Bay, Newfoundland to do it.