Comments: Rally in Toronto for illegal immigrants rights

Actually, I'm an American who just returned yesterday from a work-related conference in Montreal last week. You may (or may not) be surprised to learn that the numbers stated there said that your city of Toronto was comprised of nearly 5o% non-Canadiaqn born people (immigrants.) And those are just the legal numbers!

Posted by Heather at May 28, 2006 09:11 PM

Thanks, Heather. I didn't realize the numbers were that high, but no, it doesn't really surprise me.

You pretty much nailed it on your blog about the snobby folk in Montreal, and I'd only add one thing: a lot of them despise English-Canadians almost as much as they hate us Americans.

Posted by Debbye at May 28, 2006 09:45 PM

I'm not sure if the figure for non-Canadian born is that high but Toronto is set to become over 50% non-white. Doesn't bother me since the overwhelming number of immigrants are hard working, well educated people. FWIW, my neighbourhood is now largely Chinese.

I grew up in Montreal and visit my mother six to eight times a year so I tend to stay in touch with Montreal. Although officially the Quebecois express dislike at the U.S., in reality they dislike the Anglos much more. One just has to see how the various Quebec governments (particularly the PQ) suck up to the Americans when it comes to trade and tourism. There is also a great difference between Montreal and the rest of Quebec. Montreal also has a large immigrant population who have little time for the "pur laine" politics of the PQ and other nationalists. Inded it was the immigrants (or ethnics as Parizeau called them) that decided the last referendum. I've largely forgotton my French but never receive any trouble in Montreal.

OTH - you couldn't get me to move back there for anything.

Posted by John B at May 29, 2006 09:25 AM

Well said, John. It's not where you come from but what you bring within you that matters. I too am a "non-Canadian birth" resident in Toronto (although I maintain that I live in Etobicoke!)

I admit it: I have a bad attitude toward Quebec, Montreal, and the country of France, but Quebeckers at least had the decency to desert the Liberal Party after the extent of their corruption was revealed -- unlike the posers in Toronto.

Posted by Debbye at May 29, 2006 10:03 AM

You and me both, John. Montreal for a visit maybe, but I*m staying here on Vancouver Island.

Next time you visit Montreal, be sure to rent a metal detector and scan the horse trails on Mount Royal.

You'll clean up. Anyone who tries this and makes money, be sure to mention how well you do at; TG

Posted by TonyGuitar at May 30, 2006 10:54 AM