July 1, 2020 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
We take this opportunity to congratulate Canada on this your birthday July 1. It was July 1, 1867 that Canada was made an Independent Nation. 153 years and standing strong.
Canada has a unique arrangement referred to as a “Confederation”. In a nutshell the coming together of nine Provinces and Territories from coast to coast. Embracing various time zones, cultures, climate zones and industries.
Canada is a vast country with a rich history. Despite sections which have such harsh climates and remote, almost inhospitable regions.
Canada has been able to stay together despite varying attempts to divide the Confederation along Language and resource lines. For example Quebec tried twice to leave the Confederation mainly on language grounds. The final attempt was 1995. The Eastern end of the country wants to leave on their oil wealth. For example British Columbia et al.
Canada celebrates it’s 153 birthday 2020 with backdrop of accusations of systemic racism hanging over its head. Jagmeet Singh is being made an example of because he dared to stand up for Racialized Canadians. This is shameful, sleazy scandalous and strange if not stupid. This persecution of Jagmeet Singh needs to stop.
Black Lives Matter
In this 153 years of Canadian Independence the PM needs to embrace the BLM movement. To be not sensitive in 2020 that blacks need to be treated with more respect. Police need to be controlled. PM Justin Trudeau needs to rule in such a manner in which he ensures that all lives matter. Trudeau has stated that racism is systematic. Most of all now the disadvantaged black and Racialized Canadians need protection. BLM is the way to go now. Preserve black lives now.
Congratulations Canada, you will have a lot to be proud of if you wish to embrace the disadvantaged.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior National & International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper.