The last word

I have a theory that the overwhelming majority attracted to live in Canada already had in them the gift of seeing the other side of the point. We attract who we are.

That is why Canadians are not tolerant; Canadians are accepting.

The word “tolerant is pejorative. It means people put up with those they deem to be different from them. This is an insult. This is not what Canada is. Canadians have a great sense of accepting others. We walk down the street and feel it is normal to hear a world full of accents and languages.

Being accepting means you know groups to which you do not belong accept you.

Being accepting means you see the other side of the point.

Rochelle Burns, social historian and former citizenship court judge.

Toronto Star, July 1.

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