Blogging Tory JoJo is all about having newly-arrived swarthy people having a clue:
This morning’s excellent editorial by Martin Regg Cohn in today’s Toronto Star (Rethinking the rules of citizenship) ties in nicely with the direction the discussion was taking at the previous post. (H/T NNW)
Cohn seems to applaud Kenny’s efforts to rewrite the rules of citizenship in order to better ensure that newcomers have “a basic knowledge of our political institutions, our democratic traditions, our values, what some people call civic literacy”.
I couldn't agree more. In particular, I think it would be just ducky if those newly-arrived furriners understood that a coalition government in Canada is perfectly legal, and not a low, dirty, underhanded, unconstitutional coup designed by sleazy usurpers in a smoke-filled backroom to undemocratically overturn the results of the last election.
And when those furriners figured that out, perhaps they could explain it to JoJo and her Blogging Tory colleagues, who seem to be embarrassingly ignorant of how basic Canadian politics work. That would be, like, totally awesome.
I'm betting those furriners could teach the Blogging Tories better English as well.
AFTERSNARK: It behooves one to ask: If citizenship requirements were toughened considerably to keep out the allegedly ignorant and illiterate rabble, does that mean that Jojo and her Blogging Tory colleagues would finally shut the fucking fuck up about the difference between "real" Canadians and, you know, people who were just "Canadians?" You know, not real Canadians but second-class Canadians, "Canadians of convenience," that sort of thing?
Would their citizenship finally mean as much as, say, Kate McMillan's? Or "Neo Conservative"'s? Or Kathy Shaidle's? Or "Raphael Alexander"'s? Or a number of other hideous Canadian racists and bigots who I'd gladly trade for a war refugee in a heartbeat?
Would we finally be able to stop comparing passport values?