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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Multiculturalism creates segregation

"Canadians revel in the romanticism of Trudeau's multiculturalism, but fail to realize its role in creating ethnic ghettoes . . .[the] fear [that integration equals the loss of individual ethnic heritage] has paralysed Canadian social growth. Until we acknowledge that our self-imposed mosaic is not a perfect system, we'll never construct a mature, cohesive national identity."

Read all of Scott Young's trenchant analysis of the balkanization of Canada, published (surprisingly!) in today's Vancouver Sun, here.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on February 13, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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One can dispute the claim that Canadians revel in the romanticism of multiculturalism, based on the fact that the Canadian people were not a say. Furthermore, most Canadians most likely assumed that multiculturalism meant more folk festivals, and of course it sounded so un-American.

Give the people to-day a chance to accept or reject it, and I wager the result will be a major rejection.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-02-13 12:23:09 PM

Alain, give them a chance is the key. Government couldn't make a cookie taste good. It is hard to see how they can form our identity without doing more harm than good.

Posted by: TD | 2008-02-13 1:55:14 PM

The second generation of the second coming,Justin Trudeau believes uni -lingual Canadians are just too lazy for not learning a second language.
Does his statement also apply to those Canadians like Scott Young's grandmother whose language is neither English or French?

Posted by: bocanut | 2008-02-13 4:12:00 PM

I guess that explains why my one neighbour is chinese, the other east indian and I have a couple across the street. I suppose it's different in O'Neill's gated community - whitebread all the way.

Posted by: trudeau's ghost | 2008-02-13 5:45:40 PM

While I hold no brief for Justin Trudeau, his comments did include languages other than English and French. Learning new languages opens more pathways in the brain just as does the study of voice or a musical instrument.

Multiculturalism, unfortunately is the new tribalism and is a great way to destroy the harmonious working of a society. This does not preclude respecting cultural practises that do not threaten the society as a whole. The belief in one's religion as the "true faith" is one of those contributors to this sort of tribalism.

Posted by: DML | 2008-02-13 9:42:52 PM

"In 1981, there were only six [ethnic enclaves] in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. By 2001, there were 254, according to a study by Statistics Canada, which defines ethnic enclaves as communities with 30 per cent of the population from one visible minority group."

The issue is not multiculturalsim but mass immigration of non-European origin.

"The concentration of ethnic enclaves in part reflects the dramatic increase in the number of immigrants—from a low of 83,000 in 1984 to 200,000-230,000 a year in the 1990s—and the change in source countries."

Young is disingenuous. He writes,

"Statistics Canada recently reported that small-city immigrants are more likely to learn one of the official languages than large-city immigrants. The report also linked official language proficiency to economic integration and eventual income parity."

The report also said,

"Demographics explain some of the disparity, said Margaret Walton-Roberts, geography professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Three-quarters of immigrants in smaller cities were fluent in an official language, compared with 61.5 per cent of those in large cities.

While 61 per cent of the small-town immigrants were from Europe and the United States, those groups represented only 24 per cent of the big-city newcomers."

Of course Young will never say that because continued non-European immigration, Chinese in his case, furthers his ethnic genetic interest. Even though it is apparent that European/American immigrants are a much better match for Canada ethnics like Young will never admit it.

Posted by: DJ | 2008-02-13 10:39:36 PM

DML,Here's the article on what Justin Trudeau said:

"Justin Trudeau says those who don't learn a second language aren't just "lazy," they are also "shooting themselves in the foot."

Trudeau told teachers at a languages conference in Edmonton that learning a second language gives students the chance to make a difference globally.

He says expecting others to learn your own language impedes the ability to reach out to the world in areas where English isn't spoken.

More than 400 teachers from across Alberta are attending the conference.

The son of the late prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, is running for the federal Liberals in the Montreal-area riding of Papineau in the next election."

Posted by: Bocanut | 2008-02-13 10:47:32 PM

trudeau's ghost,

Sarcasm aside, people of different religions and ethnic backgrounds will live side by side in hormony without government intervention or assistance.

Posted by: TM | 2008-02-14 12:43:29 AM

"He says expecting others to learn your own language impedes the ability to reach out to the world in areas where English isn't spoken"

So, according to trudeau, I have to learn every language in the world. I already speak 4 "European" languages, how many more will I have to speak.

When I came to Canada, I learned to speak "English" because that is what people here speak. In The Netherlands I spoke Dutch, in Germany I spoke German and in France I spoke French. WHy do I now have to learn to speak Farci, or Arabic or Swahili for that matter, I'm in Canada and we speak English here.

Posted by: cdn.infidel | 2008-02-16 4:04:58 PM

Trudeau's ghost said

" I suppose it's different in O'Neill's gated community - whitebread all the way."

What proof do you have O'Neill is white? What proof do you have he/she lives in a gated community? What proof do you have his community is whitebread all the way?

Sounds like some major stereotyping on your part. But then I'm not surprised as this seems to be a habit on your part.

How long have you been prejudiced against people who disagree with you? You seem to attribute this to their being white on numerous occasions?

Sounds bigoted to me.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-02-16 4:11:16 PM

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