A safe haven for democracy

There has been much discussion in western news media about the decline of democracy throughout the world. In fact last week president Biden called a world conference to talk to world leaders to address this concern. In an article published in Atlantic magazine this past month, titled “The bad guys are winning” tells the story of Sviatlanna Tsikhanouskaya who won the election in Belarus but was forced immediately into exile by the sitting president. Her husband remains in prison.

Other stories are told about other dissident politicians being imprisoned or forced into fleeing their homelands throughout the world.

It is troubling to see how misinformation is being used by politicians to remain in power and subvert the will of people.

Even in North America, one can watch as future elections are being manipulated by redrawing of electoral boundaries, making voting more difficult and creating political discord between different racial, ethnic and religious groups.

Perhaps this is what is making Canada a much more attractive nation for immigrants. They are looking for health and family supports, religious freedoms, stable governments and great educational opportunities for their children. Canada tops the list of countries in all those categories. We as Canadians with our independent electoral commissions cannot fathom why gerrymandering by elected governments in states is allowed to exist.

We are confused how citizens demand “Right to Life” for the unborn, but still demand the death penalty for others. We are confused that maternity leave and family leave following the birth of a child or a family member being stricken that are part of our framework of healthcare are a foreign concept to our friends south of the border. We look south and see the divisions among the electorate and how that has carried into the divisions vaccinations among citizens. Our extremist conservative electors do not have a following in Canada. Our three national parties believe in pluralism and diversity.

The United States has consistently offered up itself as the best country in the world to dream and realize those dreams. However, with the decline of democracies in central and Latin America, Africa and even European nations, immigrants are looking for better opportunities.

Canada by default is becoming their choice of countries to immigrate to. We are becoming the safe harbour for political refugees, economic migrants, climate refugees, and those wanting a better life and opportunities for their children. Compared to what they leave behind, even with our cold winters, we remain a paradise in the world.