Black mark on being Canadian
Some years ago my younger brother, John, considered joining me as an immigrant to Canada. He ran a successful small business in North Carolina employing two people. He believed he could easily transfer his business skills, as well as an appreciable amount of capital, to our community.
But John had had some minor run-ins with the law down there in his younger years. He knew that a clean record was required to acquire landed immigrant status in our well-ordered, law-abiding land. In light of this, he determined that application would be fruitless so he carried on contributing to the economy of the United States.
In retrospect I see that John suffered some handicaps preventing his entering Canada. He had never renounced Canadian citizenship. He was never convicted of any felony in the States. He would not have been able to solicit entry from within an American prison. And, lastly, he was not a darling of the right with regular columns in their print organs. Some applicants have not borne the burden of these shortcomings and have been admitted with open arms by our current regime.
Pity. John could have been a significant and proud addition to our city, province and nation.