This is very powerful stuff – an excerpt:
I’m a Rhodes Scholar completing my doctorate in Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. I write with sadness to confess I have been unfaithful to you, my home and native land. It seems I lack national sentiment, or so I have been told by your governing party’s most recent advertising campaigns. Why am I anti-nationalist and unfaithful?….We Canadians abroad who wave our flags from afar on July 1st, who carry our Tim Horton’s mugs, who search out specialty stores that sell maple syrup and Molson beer, clearly must be less patriotic than our peers who stay at home…I am worried, Canada. I am partly worried for myself: when I come back to serve you with the knowledge and experience I have gained from afar, will you call me opportunistic and turn on me too? But I worry more for you: once you start rejecting the skills and knowledge of your own citizens where will that leave you, dear Canada?
Read the whole letter.. it does a far better job of expressing that I could ever do the complete idiocy that the Conservatives are engaging in by trying to say Canadians who go abroad to study and work and who then come back to serve their country are somehow less Canadian then the rest of us.