Friday, August 3, 2012

My Wife Becomes A Canadian Citizen

A Canadian Citizen: My wife, Olga, a Jew originally from Russia, became a Canadian citizen yesterday, August 2nd; a happy husband was there to witness the ceremony. Before my wife and 49 other men and women from 30 nations took the oath, the female citizenship judge made an impassioned speech about the rights and responsibilities of becoming a citizen, including on the rights that women hold, which differ not from those held by men. Equality before the law, a principle of western liberal democracy. She closed by saying: "You walked in here this morning a permanent resident; you leave now as Canadian citizens. You deserve it. Felicitations."
I rarely share personal news on this blog, but this news, although personal—my wife, Olga, became a Canadian citizen yesterday—has implications beyond the personal. It was an important day, not only because it was the happy culmination of a long process before my wife became a citizen, something that too many persons take for granted, but the ceremony before a citizenship judge brought home the importance, a reminder to us born free in a liberal western democracy, how fortunate we are.