Thursday, February 01, 2007
Notes of an (almost) native son
Pity the poor Jewish intellectual in the McCarthy Fifties.
Bewildered, dazed, stunned by New York, and no place to go.
Small wonder that they all went to MAD to produce that famous humour in a jugular vein.
I do so identify with them.
I started my career in the middle of the Trudeau multiculturalism mania.
I was fashionably European and considered myself extremely hip.
But then all of a sudden, making my rounds in the English departments, I noticed a certain bias.
"Oh, you're the other guy. Dr. Lee is the Chinese fellow."
Well, better to have the bias up front rather than couching it in political correctness.
I am halfway convinced that my old employer, Seneca College, was racist.
They hounded that poor black physics prof until he too had no place to go.
But today, in the sturm und drang of things, there has been a complete flip-flop.
There is something wrong with you if you are not ethnic.
So I am now on the side of native-born Canadians who, I swear are in some sort of Cuba-style social experiment.
Poor John Smith and Ted Brown.
There used to be a Canadian ethos, the ethos of the square dealer, fair banker, polite person. Canadians figured so prominently in medicine and science. Lester Pearson made Canada the envy of the world when it came to the best people, the best place to live and the best country to promote peace and keep the peace.
Everything has changed.
With the watering down of any folkways, tendencies, precepts we may have had, we Canadians now wonder who the hell we are.
I have lived in Quebec a number of times. I like their idea of identity. Nous sons Canadiens.
While in Quebec I really felt as if I was in Canada proper. They were so nice, even if I wasn't purloin.
I am fast developing the opinion that it is a good thing we squabble with the French all the time.
Keeps us together as a country.
There was something Premier Duceppe said (Too bad I can't voter for him in Ontario):
"We have given up our folkways, out ethos, our churches in favour of the Marxist model"
Tabernac! Finally a politician with brains and insight.
Too bad we haven't got him over here in Ontario.
.......end disjointed rant.