Canada: Why Multiculturalism Has To Be Made An Issue This Election

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Why Multiculturalism Has To Be Made An Issue This Election
Article publisher: 
Canada Free Press
Article date: 
28 September 2019
Article category: 
National News
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... As [Ujjal] Dosanjh put it recently, official multiculturalism has enabled many immigrants today to act like “colonisers” who, instead of integrating into the common culture, try to “remake Canada in their own image.” In the long term, he concludes, this will be “extremely dangerous” for Canadian society. Having come from a country born out of ethnic secession (Malaysia, which lost Singapore in 1965) and which is still fraught with ethnic strife, I couldn’t agree more.
The problem of multiculturalism is in the division it promotes. Writing in his 1991 book, The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society, the late former JFK-advisor Arthur Schlesinger warned that “[c]ountries break up when they fail to give ethnically diverse peoples compelling reasons to see themselves as part of the same nation.” Having witnessed the effects of two decades of mass immigration (just like Canada, the US had basically shut off immigration between the 1920s and 1960s) and the country’s abandonment of its melting-pot principles, he concluded that “[t]he cult of ethnicity exaggerates differences, intensifies resentments and antagonisms, drives ever deeper the awful wedges between races and nationalities…[t]he endgame is self-pity and self-ghettoization.” A strongly worded, but very fair analysis.
In the same year of Schlesinger’s book, however, Ottawa created the Department of Multiculturalism and Citizenship: a sprawling federal agency mandated to promote minorities’ “cultures, languages and ethnocultural group identities.” (my emphasis). Schlesinger’s “cult of ethnicity” had become entrenched Canadian policy.
With multiculturalism, everything must be multiculturalized, and that means bigger government: from taxpayer-funded translators and signage; to cultural-sensitivity training for judges, police, and bureaucrats; to jobs, social services and housing programs for those who can’t assimilate into the workforce. And overlooking it all is an army of government watchdogs, including the anti-discrimination agencies and the human rights commissions and tribunals.
Further, under multiculturalism, the traditional, majority culture has to take a backseat or is avoided completely. Hence Prime Minister Trudeau’s claim that Canada has “no core identity”—Polls show over three-quarters of Canadians disagreed with this. This ‘no-culture’ argument, says Dosanjh, is central to the multiculturalism project. As he writes, claiming the host nation has no culture provides a “shield” for those immigrants “bent on creating cultural and ethnic ghettos in the country.”...
America is just a step or two behind Canada and closing rapidly.