A few days ago, in defense of his government’s decision to limit health care to refugee claimants, Mr. Harper described his policy as being supported by most new, existing, and, ahem, old stock Canadians.
Just what exactly did he mean? As an immigrant, a naturalized Canadian who became a citizen a mere 24 years ago, what do I qualify as? Am I a new Canadian? An existing Canadian? Surely not “old stock”? Or could it be that it’s not how long you have been a citizen of this country but where you come from, what your background happens to be, or heaven forbid, the color of your skin that determines who is “old stock”?
This looks like yet another wonderful example of just how divisive Mr. Harper and his Conservative Party have become. To most of us Canadians, there is only one kind of Canadian. Not to Mr. Harper: and that is why I sincerely hope that after October 19, Mr. Harper will have a lot more time on his hands that he can devote to helping shelter cats.