McKenna makes right sug­ges­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

A few days ago you re­ported on a for­mer N.B. premier’s re­marks about At­lantic Canada and im­mi­gra­tion. I would heartily en­dorse his ideas on re­quir­ing im­mi­grants (not refugees) to re­main in one prov­ince for the first three years.

My wife and I came to Canada, from the UK in 1957, and landed in Mon­treal, as the head of­fice of Tex­aco Canada was there, and I had been work­ing for the Bri­tish af­fil­i­ate, and hoped for a job with Tex­aco Canada.

I was in­deed hired as a sales rep, to be lo­cated in Hal­i­fax. Af­ter some train­ing in Mon­treal, we went to Hal­i­fax (by bus, as Tex­aco did not of­fer to pay our way) and have been in the Mar­itimes ever since. We lived in New Brunswick, as well as Nova Sco­tia, and even­tu­ally left Tex­aco and came to Prince Ed­ward Is­land. That was in 1963.

We have made a good life for our­selves here, and never wanted to move away. We have raised five chil­dren here, all of whom look back on their child­hood with fond­ness, and ea­gerly come “home” to visit (in the sum­mer). We have al­ways found Is­lan­ders to be ex­tremely wel­com­ing to us, al­beit with some gen­tle teas­ing about us be­ing “from away.”

Many, if not most Im­mi­grants, know lit­tle about this enor­mous coun­try, and how you can pros­per and be happy in any part, if you put your heart into it — you do not have to be in a huge city.

So, I rec­om­mend Mr. McKenna’s strat­egy. Mark Robert­son, Char­lot­te­town

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