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Proud to be Canadian

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After the latest discovery of a mass grave at the site of what used to be a residential school, there has been calls to cancel Canada Day this year. I do not agree.

Since I immigrated from Lebanon to Canada in 1984, I have been proud of my new country, and my pride has only grown as Canada continues to evolve as a progressive liberal democracy. As Canada Day is approaching, far from making me ashamed to be Canadian, the reaction of governments across the country to the discovery of mass graves has only made me prouder.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that, “Canadians today are horrified and ashamed of how our country behaved, about a policy that ripped kids from their homes, from their communities, from their culture and their language, and forced assimilation upon them”. Leader of the Opposition, Erin O’Toole, called the discovery “very troubling” and “dreadful”, and evidence of “grave injustices”. Governments across the country, including the federal government, the Ontario government, and the Alberta government have pledged funds to support the search for more graves.

Clearly, Canada is not trying to avoid responsibility.........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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