I remember a time, in the not so distant past, when love, kindness, understanding and inclusion were the foundation of Canada.
What has changed, I ask myself?
A blanket of fear, of darkness, has been slowly pulled over our vibrant country.
I feel it is creating a division between neighbors, between friends, which never before could have been imagined.
This division, polarization of beliefs and behaviours, is not of my choosing.
Is it your choosing?
There is a growing, brewing mess of distrust, mixed with judgment and condemnation in our midst.
Do we have the love and courage needed to look at it?
I fear a destruction of our joyful, peaceful life; of our freedom of expression of ideas, beliefs and opinions.
I fear the insipid hate and distrust that is being seeded and watered.
I fear the oppression and persecution of our neighbors and fellow Canadians.
I fear that I am losing the most positive and compassionate country that I was born and raised in.
Cracks are beginning which may lead to the destruction of our foundation.
As Remembrance Day passes, let’s reflect on what fear did in the Second World War, right here – on this Island, to peace-loving, compassionate Canadians.
It turned neighbors against each other.
A fear rooted in rhetoric, that the Japanese may destroy our country from within.
This single idea led to the imprisonment and discrimination of innocent men, women and children.
This had an impact on generations.
How will this impact our future generations?
Let us set aside our perceived differences.
Together, regardless of beliefs, opinions and behaviours, we are stronger and more resilient.
One hundred and fifty-three years of our country’s existence is witness to that.
Together, I encourage us to meet this challenge to locate and patch the cracks in our foundation.
Together, I see the flowering of love, kindness, understanding and inclusion once again.