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LETTER: Immigration Watch does not speak for me

Members of a Bahamian Junkanoo drum group lead a large crowd down Charlottetown’s Queen Street to the opening of Sunday’s DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival on Sunday. The festival, which is in its 12th year, drew in thousands throughout the afternoon and evening.
Members of a Bahamian Junkanoo drum group lead a large crowd down Charlottetown’s Queen Street to the opening of this year’s DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival earlier this month.

Thank you to Trudy Spooner (Letters-to-the-editor, July 14, 2018) for her excellent letter exposing Immigration Watch Canada’s selfish, racist propaganda. This white supremacist organization does not speak for me, nor, I believe, for most Canadians.  It clearly subscribes to the saying, “We’re safely onboard; pull up the ladder.”

Have they forgotten that, unless their ancestors are Indigenous, we are all immigrants?  Do they choose to ignore the fact that they can take no credit for their astounding good luck at having been born in this bountiful, peaceful country instead of in a place where there are frequent conflicts, famines, dire poverty, violence or where life is a constant misery? We are all living on one small planet. 

We need to demonstrate compassion and care for each other, not selfishly hoard our good fortune. Canadians’ horizons are greatly expanded and our economy and cultural life are significantly enhanced by the rich diversity of people who bring their customs, labour, skills, enthusiasm and kindness to our shores. 

Mary Cowper-Smith

Charlottetown

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