No love please, we're Canadian
Dec 11, 2007 04:30 AM
Statistics Canada has confirmed what our eyes have long been telling us – Canada's family background is changing. In and around Toronto, English is the mother tongue for scarcely more than half the population. The tide of immigration approaches full flood.
Of the obstacles facing these immigrants, finding a civilized job and earning a reasonable income are relatively minor. Their greatest challenge, as thousands upon thousands like them have discovered before, is reflected in the feeling they all share when they arrive: that Canada is a cold country.
This has nothing to do with the climate in a meteorological sense.
At least that climate warms up occasionally.
It has everything to do with the climate in an emotional sense.
The emotional climate they encounter is still under a thousand metres of ice, frozen solid along with the carcasses of woolly mammoths.
English Canadians are a cold people.
It's because English Canadians have no word for love.
They have 26 words for money, but none for love.
On the other hand, English Canadians are extremely good at expressing lust. They have about as many words for lust as for money. And when it comes to lusting for money they can go on and on. There is no shutting them up.
First off we know which English Canadians he is talking about. It's implicit. He means those boring monolingual white English speaking Canadians. You know, the ancestors of the founding peoples of this country who nowadays do not get much respect anymore. The fist, second, third generation Canadians of European immigrants who fully assimilated into the Canadian cultural landscape and made Canada what it is today, and what many others feel the need to erase or at least annex. He is not talking about the children and descendants of non-European immigrants. These people, for the most part, are still an immigrant people having the majority of the members of their respective communities/colonies born over seas. For instance about 3/4 of all South Asians were born outside of Canada.
Secondly, if we replace "English Canadian" with any other ethnicity we will now have something that can be considered "hate speech". For instance replace "English Canadian" with Jew. Let's try it with a couple of paragraphs.
Jews are a cold people.
It's because Jews have no word for love.
They have 26 words for money, but none for love.
On the other hand, Jews are extremely good at expressing lust. They have about as many words for lust as for money. And when it comes to lusting for money they can go on and on. There is no shutting them up.
Instead of Jews how about Chinese?
On the other hand, Chinese are extremely good at expressing lust. They have about as many words for lust as for money. And when it comes to lusting for money they can go on and on. There is no shutting them up.
Offended? You should be. Why shouldn't English Canadians be offended at what Slinger wrote? Is it "hate speech"? Were it of anyone else aside from English (and white) Canadians than it would be but in Canada there are two kinds of accepted racism: anti-white-Canadianism and anti-Americanism. Speak ill of any other ethnic group, be it justified criticism or poorly executed satire, and you can expect the Ontario Human Rights Commission knocking at your door.
If some Muslim law students can file a complaint against MaCleans magazine over a Mark Styn article about Islamic expansionism then why not lodge a complaint against the Toronto Star and Joey Slinger over this? That would be sweet wouldn't it? To see a left leaning newspaper attacked by a comrade institution that it has defended from time to time? The irony is so rich. You can expect Toronto Star editorials castigating the HRC for over extending its mandate to ensue, the kind of editorials that are M.I.A. when the HRC goes after acceptable targets.
But we're not that small a people. We understand satire, not matter how unfunny and witless it is. We value freedom of speech and dissent. And we allow self criticism. We may not like it but we tolerate it. The funny thing is many immigrants to this country just don't get this. They expect that they should be tolerated but never to return it. They may criticize and give offense but they are never to be criticized and offended.
Slinger finishes his article with this:
Learn English as a second language? By all means. But hang on to your first. You'll find it essential in certain matters that leave English Canadians trembling and silent.
Is he promoting foreign language supremacy? I get it now. Joey Slinger is a foreign language supremacist! HATE CRIME, HATE CRIME! That cements it. I'm calling the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
By the way can anybody tell me why Joey Slinger has a column in the first place? He and Rosi Dimano. I know he's supposed to be funny and satirical but the weather forecast says more about society than he has and is even funnier about it. But the Toronto Star is a left leaning newspaper and it needs to distract it's readers with non-issues written by witless and unfunny columnists. It's just the Sunshine girl for middle class pseudo-intellectuals.