Happy Canada Day
Posted on July 1st, 2018

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.

O Canada
My heart beats for thee
The land of beauty and tolerance
The nature’s elegant creation
Canada is White
Canada is Black
Canada is Yellow
Canada is Brown
Canada has the colors of the rainbow

8 Responses to “Happy Canada Day”

  1. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Ruwan
    Can you add the last line

    “But everyone is treated according to the Color”

  2. Charles Says:

    It mises another point beside the rainbow colours, which is far from tolerance. The First Citizens the Native Indians in reserves without even Tap water; But Canada is happy with all immegrants but fights shy of developing the Native Canadians fearing that they would be the Majority Community one day.they call the first Citizens. It is the same with the graet American Democracy where are the natives ?

  3. Nihal Perera Says:

    As a Sri Lankan-Canadian, living in Toronto for the last 48 years, let me make few clarifications to the above comments expressed by NeelaMahaYoda and Charles.

    In fairness to Canada, I must say it is one of the most multi-cultural, civilized, and a welcoming nation on earth. I have travelled, and worked in other countries such as US, UK, Germany, Singapore, Australia, for my career with few Multi-national corporations. I had many opportunities to live in US or UK, but after experiencing the quality of life, and so called social values of these nations, I was so glad I chose Canada.

    Yes, like many other nations, Canada has a dark side to its history, especially the shameful way it has treated its indigenous people who are the true Canadians. It is also important to note that unlike other Western nations (US and Australia, especially), Canada has apologised to its Indigenous communities, and paid compensations to many native communities that has been ill-treated in the past. Reconciliations is carried out by the current government, and Canadian general public is very much in favour of helping and saving the Indigenous communities and their culture – even though they have a long way to go.

    We Sri Lankans, especially Sinhalese, should not be too eager to point fingers at other countries like Canada, certainly when it comes to racism, prejudice, bigotry and social injustice. One of the reasons why Sri Lanka is still inundated with social, economic, ethnic, and political conflicts, is our own inability to recognise, admit, and correct our weaknesses, and ignorance. We always blame the minorities for all our ills, not realising that it goes both ways.

    In spite of what you may think, Canada has been a beacon to millions of immigrants, and refugees who have been oppressed, tortured, and denied of their human rights in many nations around the world, for many decades in the past.

    We do not need to look too far. Just look at the Tamil community here, how they are thriving economically, politically and socially in Canada. We Sinhalese need to open our eyes and think for a moment why we are still divided and fighting in our own country, after all these years, rather than pointing fingers and criticizing other nations.

    Note to Charles: “Native Indians” is considered offensive by the natives. They preferred to call “Indigenous People” instead…!

  4. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Nihal

    According to some well confirmed reports received by us indicates that there is a hidden quota system for minority canadians (such as Chinese, Vietnamese and India/Sri Lankand) when they try to get admitted to the medical schools and engineering faculties. If you count number medical students among Sri Lankans, you will see the difference where as in England we have very strong vetting procedure to prevent positive discrimination for Caucasians( all of the ancient and modern populations of Europe)

    If you are a corner shop owner or running a doughnut shop, you will be successful. But hardly any chance of occupying top managerial posts ( CEOs or Directors posts) neither in banks nor corporations where as in US it is quite possible. That is why most of the educated ethnic canadians are migrated to US.

  5. aloy Says:

    Nihal Perera,
    You probably do not know the correct history of our country and looking at our situation just like any westerner. Our is an eternal struggle to survive against a constant onslaught from the South Indians.

  6. Nihal Perera Says:

    NeelaMahaYoda:

    With all due respect, I completely disagree with you. I used to live and work in UK for many years, and I know how their “Old-boys system” network work, especially when it comes to managerial positions in the corporate world.

    I was an Economist who worked for Earnest & Young in New York, and was sent to London office in the early 90s. I was in UK for almost five years before I returned to NY, and then back to Toronto. As a brown man working in the corporate world, I have never felt open discrimination in NY or Toronto. But London was a different story. Their upper management wasn’t very pleased to see a brown man coming from North America to manage their affairs. The all white management team at the London office obviously preferred a white American rather than a Brown Sri Lankan-Canadian..!

    As per your so-called “confirmed reports” I have never heard of a hidden quota system for minorities in Canadian Universities…? This is quite laughable…! I myself have attended two universities (U of Waterloo for BSc, and U of Toronto to complete Masters in economics, and MBA) when I came to Canada. Today almost 50% of the University students here are from different ethnic backgrounds, including Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan (mostly Tamils), South Americans, etc., These are government and Academic statistics which applies to Medical, Engineering and Business faculties.

    Your knowledge on Canadian society seems very limited when you say: only successful immigrants are those who run the doughnut or corner stores. Majority of successful businesses here are started and run by enterprising immigrants of many generations, who came from every corner of the globe. Many professionals like Doctors, Engineers, Accountants, are not just Canadian-born Whites, but from many generations of ethnic immigrants who came to this country.

    Yes, many professionals move to US due to wide range of economic opportunities available in US. Also, for the scientific and Engineering research which do not exist in Canada, to the extent that available in US. But most of them eventually return to Canada because of the quality of life, which is much desirable to that of US.

    So before you rely on “well-confirmed reports”, I suggest you Google the Canadian official statistic on above..!

    Aloy: FYI I do not look at situations like a Westerner, rather a pragmatic person who sees all sides realistically. I am fully aware of our history, thank you.., and it’s foolish just to blame South Indians for our inability to resolve our own problems.

    If you know the true history of our country, you should know that our country has been colonized by the European parasites for over 400 years, which had caused more harm than the Indians…!

  7. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Nihal

    I was in Canada from 1982 to 1984 and realising that education system is so biased towards Caucasians we decided to come back to UK. Earnest & Young as a British company someone has to be extremely clever to get an executive position as you are from a Canadian subsidiary office.

  8. Nihal Perera Says:

    Sour grapes… NMYoda..!

    By the way E & Y is a US company, not British. Being clever may not be enough in UK but being White is what works in UK.

    Brown immigrants are only good for menial jobs in UK, like cleaning factories, toilets, airports, etc.

    That’s explains why there is an exodus of ethnic British expats to Canada, Australia, US.., etc.

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