O Canada, Where Art Thou?

AN IMMIGRANT’S PERSPECTIVE

Empirical Leanings

“Some say that no one ever leaves Montreal, for that city, like Canada itself, is designed to preserve the past, a past that happened somewhere else.” – Leonard Cohen

canada_day Canada Day 2010, Ottawa

Canada. Who are we? Are we the country of John A. MacDonald? Are we the country of Diefenbaker, Trudeau, Leonard Cohen, The Tragically Hip? Are we the country of the hunters who walked the land? Whose past matters more?

We are a country of mostly new immigrants, still trying to figure out how to live sustainably with this great land. I was not born a Canadian, but I am a Canadian. I was not raised as a Canadian, but I am a Canadian. I did not come to Canada to become a Canadian, but now I am one.

While many people do not struggle with having a “Canadian” identity, an immigrant often…

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