11 November 2008

Canada's Obama will be Native

Well, knock me down with a feather, but here I am agreeing with an opinion piece in the National Post.

If Canada is to experience its own extraordinary, galvanizing political progression, it will not be because it has elected a black to high office. That would be pleasing enough, not least because slavery was also practised here, though it would be misrepresenting history to pretend that the issue is as profoundly troubling here as in the United States. But no, our own Obama moment will occur when Canada upholds a candidate from the First Nations as prime minister. Then we shall have confronted our own national shame. Then we shall have surmounted our own historical disgrace.

What a wonderful event it would be, if Canada were to elect a Native elder to the highest position in the land! The thought gives me goose bumps.

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