After renouncing his Canadian citizenship in order to gain a foreign title of nobility, being convicted of and serving time in two different federal prisons, for federal crimes in the US. Conrad Black has for the first time in his life encountered someone who did not like him.
Black himself states that: “I have never accepted that there is no right to hate.”
And yet I suggest that we should not hate, but feel sorry for this man who so hated Canada he turned in his passport (but believed his citizenship was “stolen from him” by Prime Minister Chretien),
and so hated his adoptive home in the US that he violated its laws and was dragged away kicking and screaming (but believed that the reasons for his downfall and incarceration were “not easily discernible and [have] nothing to do with [his] legal conduct”.
And though as Eric Reguly wrote in The Times “The great man fled his native Canada for Britain. He couldn’t wait to leave, he said, because Canada was turning into a Third World dump run by raving socialists.”
Let us forgive him his sins, and pity him.
For as Dickens writes in Great Expectations: “It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home. There may be black ingratitude in the thing, and the punishment may be retributive and well deserved; but that it is a miserable thing, I can testify.”
May we work to build a better Canada, one which we can be proud of, and which we will not ever have to flee.