We have used the term ‘Multiculturalism’ a number of ways; As a sociological fact, as an ideology and as a political policy. Since the 1970’s and 1980’s when the Prime Minster’s father Pierre Trudeau officially adopted multiculturalism as political policy the general public has embraced immigration. We have long realized the importance of immigration to the economic and cultural growth of Canada. Immigration has also become a matter of pride for Canadians on the world stage.
Canadian Multiculturalism is described by Wikipedia as “the many different religious traditions and cultural influences that in their unity and coexistence result in a unique Canadian cultural mosaic” This is what makes us unique, this is what makes us Canadian.
Recently though, political parties, the media, as well as a lot of people on social media, have used ‘Multiculturalism’ as a tool to advance their liberal agenda. Using it as a virtuous shield against opposition to their policies of increasing immigration numbers and decreasing admission standards. This tactic attempts to reduce the appeal of conservative ideology by painting it with a racist paintbrush. A tactic that seems to have worked as early as the 1990’s with the ‘Reform’ party being labeled ‘racist’ for suggesting the lowing of immigration numbers from 250k a year, to 150k.
have shown that favorability of conservative party leaders like
Maxime Bernier have taken a hit during recent social media outrages
over the topic of Immigration, even though Maxime, nor his party were
responsible for the offending message. This shows that a large
majority are very sensitive to the issue, Due to our long history of
immigration, people feel any attack on immigration, is an attack on
Polls also show a similarly large portion of the public to be still on the fence regardless of Maxime’s policies. Many share his opinion on the dangers it possess to Canada. Canadians have watched over the last four years, an explosion in immigration numbers and an increase in the defamation of its opposition. We are Canadian, we give a lot to the world. People are both fed up with irresponsible policies as well as insulted by the suggestion that they do not care.
Canada has one of the largest per capita immigration rates in the world. Spurred by economic policy in pursuit of economic growth, the reunification of the family members of previously immigrated citizens, as well as the resettling of one in ten of the worlds refugees. Canada is certainly a leader in generosity and caring, but when is it just too much? What numbers can we handle before what we have is gone?
liberal government is set to increase numbers far above anything we
have ever seen. With proposed numbers nearing 1 million a year we
must look at the possible impacts to the ‘cultural mosaic’ that we
all seem to hold so dear.
In order for a cultural mosaic to actually be propagated you must have a diverse group that can learn to integrate in a way that we can compliment each other. We need to intermingle, to share a common culture that we all can call our own. Modern multiculturalism has been doing the opposite. Our diversity is dividing. We are being split into groups of cultures. All left to their own. Media alarm-ism on racism and Islamophobia has instilled fear in our new citizens that prevent them from integrating and contributing to the mosaic. It puts up walls around minorities in order to protect them when all it is doing is harming what they claim to be protecting.
Multiculturalism is not about having a visibly diverse group. Its about being able to coexist, come together, be a community, help each other, share your culture without fear, regardless of who you are, what you look like or where you come from. If we can take the time to define the principles of what real multiculturalism is, and stop using it as a tool, then maybe we can once again have the beautiful cultural mosaic that was Canada.