In Australia , it was reported that someone in Pakistan had advertised in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed a Canadian – any Canadian. An Australian dentist, enraged, wrote the following editorial to help define what a Canadian is, so they would know one when they found one.
“A Canadian can be English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. A Canadian can be Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani or Afghan.You name any nation on earth and you will find at least one Canadian carrying that heritage. A Canadian may also be Cree, Métis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Sioux, or one of the many other tribes known as native Canadians. A Canadian’s religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and more or none. In fact, there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan . One difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each of them chooses. Whether they have a religion or no religion, each Canadian ultimately answers only to her/his God in whatever form they imagine that force to take, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and/or for God. A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found and is reflected in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which recognizes the right of each person to the life they choose. A document that is the envy of every civilization on the planet. A document that came into being as a result of democratic debate and national resolve. A document that commits to and balances inclusion and pride. A Canadian is generous and Canadians have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. Canadians welcome and create the best of everything: the best products, the best literature, the best tenors, the best orchestras, the best dancers, the best food, the best medicine, the best research, the best services and the best minds. But they also welcome the least – the oppressed, the outcast and the rejected. These are the people who built Canada and are building its future. You can try to kill a Canadian if you must as other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world have tried but in doing so you could just be killing a relative or a neighbour. This is because Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian. Keep your stick on the ice and hold your head up…high.”