1.03.2008

welcome to our country

Another member of the wmtc community is making the big move today! "M Yass" who occasionally writes the blog Vigilamus Pro Te, is moving from the Seattle area to BC.

Emigrating to Canada has been a long and convoluted path for M Yass. Not that long ago, he was a rabid wingnut. Now he embraces progressive values with the special zeal of a convert.

I often wonder, five or six years from now, will the NDP see an increase in membership from the influx of ex-pat Americans? The last count showed more than 10,000 of us arrived in 2006. Subtracting for a certain percentage who move for jobs or marriage, most of those 10,000 moved to escape the march of fascism, empire and theocracy. Why do I think they won't be voting Tory?

Welcome M Yass! We've been waiting for you.

4 comments:

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Wow, thanks for pointing out that blog--I'll be reading it.

Lone Primate said...

I'm led to understand there are actually a surprising number of Americans in the NDP. Svend Robinson himself came from the United States originally. I'm not sure if his candidacy in Canadian elections in the early 1970s might have abrogated his US citizenship, though. I think the rules were different then.

Lone Primate said...

Checked. Nope, he's still bona fide with Uncle Sam. :)

laura k said...

I'm led to understand there are actually a surprising number of Americans in the NDP.

Perhaps not surprising.

At least 50,000 peace-loving Americans came to Canada during the Vietnam war - some figures place it at as many as 70 0r 80,000. Almost every one of them became Canadian citizens, and I'd be willing to bet that a huge majority of them vote NDP.