Young Geoffrey (ed_rex) wrote,
Young Geoffrey
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In Calgary we found ... Canada

Alberta reminds Canada of its past and its future

In Calgary, we have met the Other 
(and found only ourselves)

 
Traditional Canadian values: Calgary's mayor-elect Naheed Nenshi in victory. 
 
 Traditional Canadian values: Québec Premier Jacques Parizeau in defeat.

On Tuesday, the people of Calgary elected to the mayorship a brown man — the first time a Moslem has been handed the keys to a major Canadian city.

15 years ago next week, the people of Quebec very narrowly opted to hold their province within the Canadian political experiment; the second time Quebecers voted for Canada in repudiation of their homegrown Indépendatistes.

At first glance, you might not think the two events, separated by a generation in time and half-a-continent in space, have much to do with one another.

What does a narrow defeat for the forces of a defeatest tribal isolationism 15 years ago have to with an apparent victory by the forces of tolerance, progress and pluralism today?

Quite a lot, actually.

Click here to find out why.

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Tags: calgary, canada, diversity, elitism, inclusion, jacques parizeau, john ralston saul, naheed nenshi, politics, quebec, racism, referendum
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