I am a Canadian citizens, and therefore I have no legal right to have an opinion on the USA political scene. But, truthfully, I’ve always had an opinion. How can I not? Canadian media is inundated with USA politics, USA television shows, USA sports and USA news. And, I’m generally pretty opinionated anyways.
But in the last few months, my opinion on the USA political arena seems to matter to much more to me then it ever did before. Now, as the mother to a child who is a dual citizen of Canada and USA, I am deeply tied to the happenings of my neighbour to the south.
As my son is an American citizen, I feel deeply connected to USA politics. As I am not a USA citizen I will never have a right to vote in the USA, but when my son is old enough, he will have that right. (As an aside, I do vote in every election in Canada. I believe it is a democratic right that I will always exercise). So, I’m watching very closely from the sidelines and now I find myself:
- Paying more attention to USA politics and upcoming election then I ever have before. (Mind you, it’s hard to ignore Trump no matter how hard I try).
- Feeling deeply invested in the USA, in a way that I didn’t realize I would be. I desperately want my son to be a citizen of two countries that value and respect all human life.
- Not so secretly hoping the USA doesn’t turn its back on the very foundation of a democratic country that values equality.
The one thing I know is that no matter the outcome of the upcoming USA election, my son will be brought up to value democracy as a basic human right. My son will learn about both Canada and USA. He will learn about both counties histories, past leaders, and great thinkers. He will learn about their respective successes and failures.
But even more, my son will be brought up learning about compassion and tolerance. He will learn about respect and love.
Hate and fear mongering will not be part of our lives. I simply wont live that way.
While my son has no ability to vote in either country right now (he is just an infant after all), he will one day. He is in a unique position where he can help positively influence the paths of two amazing counties, and I will encourage him to do so.
And so in what is quite possibly a very Canadian statement, no matter how he chooses to vote, my son will be brought up knowing the power of sunny ways*, and the power of positivity.
* Sunny ways is a term used by Sir Wilfrid Laurier in approximately 1896 and Justin Trodeau in 2015 in respect to overcoming differences by coming together.
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