Celebrating the heritage and culture of immigrants who for over two centuries have sought a new home in Canada, has been one of the defining characteristics of our “true north, strong and free.” From haggis to samosas, St. Patrick’s Day to Black History Month, our calendar, culture and cuisine have been enriched like few other nations, yet we all remain and retain our primary identity as Canadians.
Or do we?
Two events this week caused me to wonder.
On March 23, Markham hoisted the Pakistan flag over its City Hall to celebrate “Pakistan Day” commemorating March 23, 1941, when the idea of partitioning British India into two countries was first floated.
As a policy, that decision eventually led to a million deaths and the creation of 10 million refugees.