Introducing the Concept of “Middle Stock” into the Canadian Immigration Discourse


Both sets of my grandparents immigrated to Canada in the late 1940s, after World War II destroyed much of central Italy. The concept I am introducing of “Middle Stock” is meant to distinguish and provide much needed nuance to those European immigrants who came before the 1967 change to the immigration policy, like my grandparents, whose descendants do not necessarily feel themselves to be either “Old Stock,” representing the founding nations of the English and French, nor as being represented or belonging to the mostly non-European “New Stock” who arrived mostly after the change in the nation’s immigration system.

This group of Middle Stock corresponds to Novak’s notion of PIGS, an acronym for Polish, Italian, Greeks, and Slavs, with the Irish as somewhere in-between. The idea of labeling this vast group of heterogeneous European immigrants, as Middle Stock may include a kind of psychological dimension — “Middle Stock Syndrome” — recalling the notion of “middle child syndrome” developed by Jewish psychologist Alfred Adler.

An interesting and well written article. If it’s too long, at least read the end – it’s quite enlightening.

  • Waffle

    I gave up about a quarter way through because I realized I was reading the painful and alienated account of the fruits of multiculturalism and it was just too depressing to continue.

    I suppose in part, because it left me wondering where the hell I fit in. My Jewish grandfather came to Canada in 1897 and fathered 10 living children. My family, like others of that generation, are assimilated — half of us are Jewish and half of us are not. I grew up with and went to school with kids whose parents had come from all over Europe, some before WWI and many who came between the wars. We were neither English nor French but we learned those languages, their histories and their cultures, And, in my opinion, are all the better for it.

    To me, the children of our multi-culti country are the bastard spawn of a flawed and failed policy,

    • Scroll down and read the end; it’s worth it.