Immigration, citizenship essay – John Ralston Saul 

A truly remarkable Canadian, John Ralston Saul pens an essay about the time tested foil for conflict/ immigration. His current essay tackles the issue of identity in an age when borders or faith seem to reign mighty. A lengthy article but very rich in perspective. 

I’ll also argue it’s less a new vanguard of populist policy and more the collateral damage of a few zealots finding just the right demogogue to fortuitously obtain power.  There was no landslide. The Donald got lucky. If sensible wisdom prevailed and Trump lost, guys like Bannon or Miller would be unknown white guys. Perhaps more vital is citizens asking how the usual checks and balance of democratic electoral process has been breeched. Kings and crazies were not supposed to reach highest office. It’s no wonder that the weakest most desperate humans are now fodder for nationalist intolerance. – Al Smith 

When Canada decided in early December last year to take a first wave of 25,000 Syrian refugees, the government immediately flew a team of almost 600 immigration specialists to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. This included settlement officers, medical specialists, security teams, education experts, etc. Within two weeks families were being processed and flown out on chartered airplanes. On arrival they stepped off the plane directly into a room where they were registered as official refugees. In other words, the first act of the Canadian state was to put them on the countdown to citizenship. They were then registered for the healthcare system in a second room and in a third received social security and work papers.( Immigration)

Saul has studied and written citizenship his entire life so he speaks within a strong philosophical and national context. 


TRU. “President’s Lecture Series Presents John Ralston Saul.” InsideTRU. Lecture. Web. 28 Feb. 2017. 

“Immigration and Identity.” John Ralston Saul. <essay» IAI TV. Web. 28 Feb. 2017. 

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