“I think that we’re Canadian, we’re Canadian, and that’s how I felt about it.”
Reaction continues to come in, after three words from Conservative leader Stephen Harper during last night’s debate caused quite the stir.
Harper used the phrase “Old Stock Canadian” when responding to claims he stripped refugees of rights to health care.
“First of all, the fact of the matter is we have not taken away health care from immigrants and refugees. On the contrary, the only time we have removed it is where we have clearly bogus refugee claimants who have been refused and turned down. We do not offer them a better health care plan than the ordinary Canadian can receive. I think that’s something that most new, and existing, and, and old stock Canadians agree with.”
I don’t see myself as “first batch” of immigrant
Queenie Choo is CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., an organization that helps immigrants settle into Canada.
She says the more we think of differentiating groups, the more barriers there are to integratrion.
“I see myself as Canadian. I don’t see myself as maybe, myself, as first batch of the immigrant, and my daughter’s generation would be the first generation Chinese-Canadian?”
Choo says Canada has been seen as one of the most desirable places to live in the world, and has benefited incredibly from the contributions of immigrants, many who become Canadian.