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Ungrateful generation: How to save Canada - Russian
Among the reactions to the recent findings of unmarked graves of indigenous children, a voice from the Russian media goes against the grain. While the country was debating on whether or not Canada Day should be celebrated, this opinion piece condemns the “complex of shame” that he thinks is affecting many Canadians.
A.Gladkov - The author says that Canada's past suddenly turned out to be a dark era of colonialism, racism and various other atrocities. Politicians and mass media insist on the existence of "systemic racism," despite the fact that the non-European population in Canada has its rights protected, is officially a priority for the government and enjoys various privileges. Canada's foes - let's call them what they deserve - are slandering the country despite the fact that Canada has rid itself of the vestiges of racism and colonialism a long time ago, says the author. "As for the Aboriginal issues, the truly tragic past of the Canadian First Nations has not prevented their population in Canada from growing at a fantastic pace in recent years. This is because the status of the indigenous population is very attractive due to the enticing rights and privileges attached to it," writes A. Gladkov. The author believes that calling the history of Canada a "solid black spot" is a crime against Canada, against the previous generations who built this prosperous, free and happy country for the current increasingly ungrateful generation. In previous years, when celebrating Canada Day, we have always been confident that Canada will remain Canada, and therefore tomorrow will definitely be better than yesterday, says Gladkov. To achieve this "better tomorrow," one had to strive for success, respect Canadian traditions, share Canadian values, and abide by Canadian laws. It was a very clear and effective system of values. "Who would have imagined that by Canada's 154th anniversary, sociologists would be asking the following question: "Are you worried that the Canadian flag may offend the feelings of some marginalized groups?" Fortunately, there are still a lot of sane people in Canada and there are still very few “marginalized groups”, hence 83 percent of respondents answered negatively to this question," writes Gladkov. The author concludes by saying that "Canada's future is not in good hands! People who have been instilled with a complex of shame for their country cannot sincerely love it, or treat it with dignity, understanding and respect, with love and care. They are sincere patriots of the newfangled global “values”, not of their country. They respect ideological illusions, not the real work and achievements of previous generations."
WEB - Russian Express (Weekly) - Toronto, 02/07/2021 – COMMENTARY, Russian