here are more French Canadians living in all 10
provinces and the territories, than in Quebec. For
Quebec to separate would be tragic.
Compare splitting India into Muslim Pakistan-Bangladesh
in 1947. This did much more harm than good. and did not
solve anything. Millions of Sikhs got driven out of
Pakistan so many came to Canada, Britain and other
countries. Hindus were driven out too and suffered
terribly, millions of them dying. Read the book Freedom
Millions of Muslims emigrated from India, especially to
Karachi area in southern Pakistan, where they sort of
took over as conquerors. The original Muslim population
keep rioting and attacking them. The unrest and strife
in Karachi has continued ever since 1947.
Bangladesh being far away from the main Pakistan
received no understanding or support, so broke away
after much warfare. They are very poor with millions of
victims displaced by awful floods every year. These
floods could be controlled in India.
I was in India at that time and for long periods until
1983. Now over 14% of the population of India is Muslim.
Partition was a big mistake, demanded by Muhammad Ali
To have French medium schools in Canada and bilingual
packaging, etc. is good. A unilingual country becomes
isolationist and uncaring, like the USA. In Europe
everybody speaks several languages and they are unified
by EU (economic union) using a single currency and
having open borders.
I am proud of my three grandchildren and their children
living in Montreal. They are all fluently bilingual and
belong to both cultures.
I am a royalist
because it is important to separate ceremony and celebration
from legislation and administration. A president is
overburdened. A prime minister can leave the honoring and
decorating of brave people, outstanding achievers and foreign
guests to the Queen and her family in Britain, and to the
Governor General and provincial Lt. Governors in Canada.
I lived in Montreal too for 8 years in 1944-45 (to study
Public Health Nursing at McGill while my husband was an
army medical officer); 1968-71 when I earned an M.Sc.
Applied in Nursing and Research, and in interesting
employment until Sept 1974. Then I went to teach in
Halifax at Dalhousie University.
and family foolishly devoted a lot of time last year to
the visit by Prince William and Kate. Three or four days
was too much. One or two events would have been just
I also like having a Senate because of sobre second
thoughts about legislation that may be rash. Also there
are many excellent committees that do a great deal of
research of value to Parliament. See them in TV programs
on CPAC. See Supreme Court proceedings on CPAC also.
However, the Senators should not get a salary, but only
modest accommodation when away from home, and travel
allowance. Think of them as volunteers like us. All
Canadian institutions, service clubs and churches
benefit greatly from volunteer work of millions of
seniors. My dad was a School Trustee and a Municipal
Councilor for many years without pay.
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