Remember when erstwhile Parti Québécois Leader Jacques Parizeau blamed the "ethnic vote", along with money, for defeating Quebec's chance at separating from Canada in the last sovereignty referendum? Well, it looks like he can count of them after all.
Amir Khadir was elected to Quebec's national assembly in the recent provincial elections and he is the only elected official to represent the leftist and soverigntist party Quebec Solidaire in the provincial legislature. Also, he ran federally for the seperatist Bloc Québécois party in the 2000 federal election. Did I mention he is an immigrant from Iran?
This just may be political opportunism. He may be satisfying his personal ambitions by abusing the prevailing political mood in the province. Or it actually may be conviction to the cause. Whatever the case is, with immigrants like Amir Khadir who needs sovereigntists?
One thing I would like to ask Mr. Khadir? Would he have a problem with someone like myself promoting the dissolution of Iran? Didn't think so!
It's nice to see Canada can count on its immigrant population to "stand on guard for thee". As for the citizenship ceremony, we can all understand it is just some perfunctory step between an immigrant and his or her Canadian passport and full entitlement to all Canada has to offer. How seriously they take the citizenship oath is anyone's guess.