I went to the Edmonton Chamber Ball last night. John and Bunny Ferguson received the Northern Lights award. During their speech, they mentioned one of their children was living overseas. Where it was escapes me now, but I watched the reaction at my table. Eyebrows raised all over, little nods of approval, like ‘oh, impressive’.

Funny thing how that works, when one of ‘us’ gets a job overseas, we’ve made it. Yet when this happens http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/02/01/ottawa-bahrain-man-arrested-court.html the comments go nuts about how they are looking for our gov to bail them out and they are Canadians of convenience. One man I was sitting with had a brother working in Kuwait.. what about him? Convenient or successful?

How many of ‘us’ would be working here? http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2012/02/201223151245449.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

or here?

http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Calgary+based+Suncor+back+Libya/6085232/story.html

pretty sure this list can go on and on and on. The boyfriend’s family all seems to be in mining. They tend to spread out all over the world. When they go work overseas are they Canadians of convenience? A cousin married an IT guy who sets up systems all over the world. If he gets in trouble in some fucked up country will he be a Canadian of convenience too? Or do we simply misuse the disgusting term when that person has the wrong religion or the wrong skin tone?

Canadians are so fucking bigoted sometimes it makes me sick.

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