Christmas Message, 2002: How The CBC Can Redeem Itself From Its Policies Against Its Own People
December 23, 2002
Ms. L. Haeber
Here are some comments about what CBC Radio has done both in the week of Dec. 16-20 and in the past year. Note that the comments apply also to what CBC Radio does in its national programming, so they are slightly more general this time. As you will have noted, I have been sending my comments to a number of CBC national programmes as well as to many other destinations.
(1) For a long time, local CBC radio has done all it can to extoll the
wonders of multiculturalism. This term is generally understood to refer to the large number of ethnic groups that make up Canada. To be accurate though, the term really means the gradual replacement of the majority population group by a very few other groups. In other words, the prefix “multi” meaning “many” is inaccurate. The great majority of the flood of people that have arrived in this urban area and in Canada’s other two large urban areas increasingly represent a very few groups. (As someone who works in the Vancouver public school system and whose female partner is an immigrant from Hong Kong, I think I can speak on this point with authority.)
(2) Although there is a humble sector in this flood, there is also a very arrogant part of the wave that has hit our shores. The behaviour of the arrogant group is well-known. For example, several years ago, members of this group marketed Vancouver apartments exclusively in Hong Kong, effectively implying their contemptuous attitude towards the local population. Members of this group have also spoken publicly about the “inferiority” of the local population and of the “improvement” of the local genetic pool by the influx of immigrants. I have personally heard comments such as these. Much less often and much more quietly, I have personally heard humble members of this sector remark with great embarrassment that the school population (of which they or their offspring are members) is almost
“unicultural” and that their opportunities to acquire English, the most basic of tools in the local culture, have been extremely limited by the sheer numbers in the flood that has arrived.
(3) The events that have occurred here have many of the attributes of
colonization, that is, the erosion and replacement of the power of the
local population by outsiders. As a Canadian, I will say that any self-respecting group would have rebelled against what has happened. But local groups have been held in check by a federal government which has fraudulently claimed that there are economic, demographic and humanitarian reasons for the flooding of the Greater Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal areas with newcomers. In other words, the federal government has told Canadians that this flood is good for us!
The betrayal has not ended there. It has been aided and abetted by the CBC, supposedly a servant and defender of Canada, but in effect a co-player (with the federal government, Canada’s immigration industry and a group of colonizers) in cheerleading the colonization. Does the CBC think of World War II French collaborators and Norweigian Quislings as its role models? Its obsequious behaviour in
the face of the unjustified and unprecedented flood and its willingness to report completely uncritically certainly suggests that it feels quite at home in such company.
(4) For some time, the more arrogant of the new colonizers have demanded–immediately upon arriving here–an equal share in the resources of Canada. I can personally attest to hearing newcomer complaints that the ethnic composition of the teachers in the Vancouver School system did not reflect the composition of the new student population.
The implied demand was that this situation should be changed immediately. Demands and complaints such as this were and will always be outrageous. Think of a parallel. Imagine a large number of Canadians going into China or India, for example, and making such demands. The people there would have risen up and, to put it diplomatically, “re-routed” such Canadians. As a Canadian, I would have respected this “re-routing”. Instead, led by a number of urban MP’s who shamelessly fawn for the newcomer vote, by Canada’s avaricious immigration industry, and by a politically correct, obsequious CBC, a number of Canadian employers have catered to outrageous demands such as an instantaneous and equal share in Canada’s resources.
Whoever the employer has happened to be (university, school, government, private business), a demand has been placed on them to hire and serve newcomers or people of newcomer ethnicity first. Secondary consideration, if any, is to be given to merit or to people born here. In hirers’ minds, employees must have the look of the new flood. It makes no difference whether this flood has just arrived, and, by rights, should get into the queue. It is implied that the flood should go to the front of the queue. For example, if a hiring audit were done at the CBC today, what would the evidence show of the recent hiring practices there?
(5) Above all seasons, the Christmas season has a strong traditional
meaning for most Canadians. At no other time of the year do the effects of the flooding of Canada become more apparent than at Christmas. For some time, the colonizers have revelled in the attempts of obsequious school, government and private business administrators telling their employees to be inclusive by being exclusive (In other words, do not describe this time as the “Christmas Break”. Instead, refer to it as the “Winter Break”. Don’t refer to the “Christmas Tree” by its traditional name. Instead, call it the “Seasonal Tree” or the “Multicultural Tree”. The list of such comments is endless.)
Like Christmas, many other characteristics of Canadian society are being erased, sometimes boldly and sometimes quietly, in the name of “inclusivity”. Most Canadians would react by saying that if newcomers really wanted to feel like they were at home, why did they come to Canada?
In other words, most Canadians would say Canada is not an acultural hole, waiting to be filled by foreign cultural practices. Canada has a strong ethnicity of its own. People from ouside should learn to adapt to these practices. Correctoids at the CBC and other institutions should get this fact into their heads.
(6) Traditionally, Christmas means redemption. The CBC is in dire need of such an act. Although the CBC does a considerable amount of good in some areas, it has been an outrageous disaster on the topic of immigration. Instead of getting to the bottom of immigration/refugee stories, most CBC reporters (cheered on by correctoid producers and hosts) have been content to repeat what they have been told by Canada’s Department of Ctizenship and Immigration or Canada’s immigration industry.
In effect, it is no exaggeration to say that the CBC has disseminated fraud and ignorance, failing to abide by the most basic of journalistic ethics. It has veiled what it has done in the guise of service and generosity to newcomers, but in reality it has propagated disservice, meanness and unfairness to the majority of Canada’s citizens. It can redeem itself by simply admitting what it has done on this issue, and then making the required change in its behaviour. Let Canada’s citizens see CBC’s redemption happen. The sooner, the better.