Dual citizenship attitude smacks of xenophobia
Susan Toth, Hamilton, Letter To The Editor
The Hamilton Spectator (Jul 25, 2006)

Re: 'One is either a Canadian citizen or is not' (Letters, July 21)

Whoever believes that dual citizenship is ridiculous should read Animal Farm, by George Orwell.

This letter reminded me of the famous line from the book: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

To try to qualify some Canadians as more Canadian than others, and to set limits on where you are allowed to live or visit, and what opinions you are allowed to have to maintain a high enough standard of Canadian-ness, is completely in contrast to the multiculturalism we promote, and the values and freedoms that we in this country cherish and have enshrined in our constitution.

To be forced to reject one's ethnic origin and sever ties to the countries we once lived in and had to leave behind for economic, social or other reasons would be cruel, overly onerous, and smacks of xenophobia.

In fact, it's that attitude (the need to meet some vague qualities of Candianism to be considered sufficiently Canadian to warrant protection and respect) that leads to the isolation and marginalization that contributes to the lack of loyalty to Canada the author of the letter refers to.

Isn't the beauty of being Canadian that it encompasses so much, and we are able to find unity amidst our differences?