Digitcom has been in business since 1991, and, since Digitcom’s inception, it has always been my personal opinion to never, ever speak publicly, or even privately, with a client, supplier, or staff member about politics or religion, for business and politics don’t go well together. It’s a conversation that may not end well. This is the first time, in 26 years, that I’ve decided to break with my promise, and speak publicly about an issue that needs public awareness, and frankly, needs many business leaders, not just in Canada, but, the US, and the world, to take a public stance.
As I am sure you are aware, the US Government, decided, last Friday, to implement a travel ban restricting citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the US. Although this restriction is consistent with President Trump’s election vitriol, the fact that the world’s most powerful country, the land of the free and the home of the brave, has actually gone forward with such a ban is shocking. I spent the better part of the weekend reading various articles and opinions, and am in complete disbelief that this is actually happening. What’s even worse is that this is President Trump’s first week in office and he’s already created a political storm. Even more disconcerting is what’s to come. With Trump the expression “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” definitely holds true.
While I’m not expecting this article to make the American government change their minds, I do believe that we all have a responsibility to speak out against hatred. We are all citizens of the world and although it may seem unlikely, given such a variety and potentially opposing backgrounds, we can live harmoniously as a peaceful society if given the chance. Canada is an example of such a country, and I am proud to call it home. I am grateful that we live in a society where all Canadians are equal, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation. For that matter, we are mostly all immigrants, some having longer Canadian lineage in this country than others, but regardless, we’ve come to this country from elsewhere. Digitcom is a company filled with immigrants, I estimate a third of all of our staff are first generation Canadians, with varying cultures, religions, and sexual orientation, and we are an example of people that can work well together and in harmony.
Although there are many I am sure that don’t agree with my opinion, and I suspect Digitcom will lose some clients over this article, this time I believe it is more important to do what is morally right. Business has always trumped politics (no pun intended) but this time, politics trumps business.
I read this elsewhere … You know when you watch a documentary about some horrible thing that happened in some other place in some other time and you wonder what you would have done? Now. Now is the time when you find out.
I urge all of you to do the same and take a stand against hatred. Discrimination should never be tolerated. We must not remain silent.