Editor: I read and listened with interest of news reports last week of Stratford’s panel on celebrating the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination. One comment that seemed common was that immigrants are asked where they came from. They seem to think that it is a form of racial discrimination. Just the opposite, here on P.E.I., it is more a form of interest and, yes, acceptance. If you listen to two born and bred Islanders talking, if they have never met before, it won’t be long before these questions come up where are you from? Who is your grandfather? Who is your father?
Islanders and indeed all Maritimers are all basically very friendly people who are always interested in learning about other people. I am sure that immigrants did their research about P.E.I. to try and learn more about the people and the Island before they came here. Well, Islanders are the same way; we like to learn about where the immigrants came from. And it’s because we care and are interested.