Storied Quebec clan fights for 1st place in last names
Vietnamese surname threatens to overtake French one in Montreal
Jul 07, 2007 04:30 AM
Quebec Bureau Chief
MONTREAL–Whether you're talking about Montreal Mayor Gérald or former Canadiens great Mario – arguably the most famous of all Tremblays – those who share Quebec's most common surname descend from the same 17th-century farm couple.
This fall the Association des Tremblay d'Amérique will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the event that started it all: the nuptials between Pierre Tremblay, an obscure farmer from the Perche region of northwestern France, and his 15-year-old bride, Ozanne Achon.
They had 10 children, four of them boys, and their own respective broods yielded an estimable 58 grandchildren, the majority of whom were male.
Today there are more than 80,000 Tremblays in Quebec, which makes them the largest clan in the province – and the third biggest family in Canada.
But the Tremblay hegemony is under threat in Quebec's most populous city. It's a sign of the times that the Tremblays – Quebec's answer to Smith in the United States or Garcia in Spain – are on the verge of losing their number-one status on the island of Montreal.
According to figures compiled by the Institut de la statistique du Québec, the Montreal Tremblays will shortly be outnumbered by the Nguyens. And if the Vietnamese Nguyens don't overtake the pur laine Tremblays, it could well be the South Asian Patels, who sit at number five on the island.
Read it all here.
What I find disconcerting about this is that this illustrates what is wrong with Canada’s current immigration and multiculturalism policies. What took the Tremblays 350 years to accomplish it will take the Nguyens or the Patels, two names of a people that have no real historical roots in Canada, literally one generation to achieve and it has to do with mass immigration.
What’s in a name? This is not just an issue of a name. It is an illustration that immigration is more than just population growth. It is outright population replacement. About 80-90% of all immigrates to Canada come from non traditional (read non European) countries and it has been like that for quite some time now. Canada’s ethnic heritage and history is predominately ancestral European but Canada’s current immigration policy is a reversal of that. If current immigration and demographic trends continue ad infinitum then Canada’s ancestral European heritage and character will be replaced by an Asian one. Put more bluntly, white Canadians will a minority in their own country.
Do Canadians want this? This question has rarely if ever asked but I imagine that most Canadians do not. Most Canadians, me included, see the benefits of an immigration policy and we welcome immigrants from all countries but not to the extent of replacing the ethnic heritage and character of Canada including our country’s traditions and culture. People, whether we wish to admit it or not, identify closest with those of their own ethnicity and this is not a bad thing because it helps create a socially stable society. Ethnically diverse societies are the most unstable ones.
Canadian immigration policy should be realigned to favour immigrants of European ancestry. This is wise and just. Racism will be minimal and tolerance will rule because the ethnic majority will not be threatened by the introduction of “different” (for lack of a better word) people because they know that they are and will continue to constitute the majority. However the mass introduction of “different” people will have the opposite effect because the ethnic majority will become fearful that they are losing their country. Wars have been fought over this. Are we so naïve and smug in Canada to assume that ethnic conflicts and tensions will pass us by just because we are Canada and such things do not happen here?
Is it just for our government to promote and perpetuate an immigration policy that will replace the people they govern with an alien one? If countries such as India, China, and Japan find it wise to promote ethnically exclusive countries why cannot Canada? Is it still Canada when Chinese becomes the ethnic majority? If it comes to that then it will be a “new Canada.” The old Canada would have been erased and frankly that is criminal.