Let me make this clear: Canada is not a multicultural country.
It is especially painful when you hear Canadian conservatives insist that it is, perhaps out of habit rather than conviction.
For them, as well as those readers on the left who haven't already run away to their safe spaces, I will elaborate.
The fact that you can eat foods of many different ethnic varieties -- my favourite is Greek -- or, say, that you can get traditional Chinese medicine in Canada, does not mean Canada is a multicultural country. At most, this would make us a folk-cultural country.
Even the fact that Canada has many different ethnicities does not make us multi-cultural. This makes us multi-ethnic. And is ethnic background really that important in Canadian life anyhow, despite the left's attempts to make it so?
The fact is, multiculturalism is a governmental policy implemented by Pierre Trudeau, and one which has not been rebutted. This policy resulted in a lot of government funded “culture” activities, because what is culture without government to help it along?
Pierre Trudeau believed that if he implemented official multiculturalism, Quebec could no longer claim to have a special and distinct culture; under multiculturalism, all cultures are special, distinct and equal. This is basic cultural-relativism. If you look at the history of the separatist movement under Trudeau's policy, you can see what a success that was. Five years after its implementation, a separatist party gained power in Quebec, and four years after that, Quebec held its first referendum on separation.
However, multiculturalism also changed the relationship of new Canadians to other Canadians forever. In the past, immigrants were expected to assimilate, and they wanted to. Under the new policy, immigrants could not only refuse to assimilate, they were encouraged not to.
Instead of being a Canadian, one became an African-Canadian or a Chinese-Canadian. This is why you see the enclaves of different ethnic groups throughout Canadian cities rather than diverse, integrated societies.
It is also why the children of Muslim immigrants are more likely to support fundamentalist Islam than their parents are, leaving them susceptible to the call to jihad. They are being encouraged to embrace their cultural heritage, and many listen. I, for one, applauded last month when Whoopi Goldberg said she was not an African-American, but an American.
If authentic culture is not ethnicity or folk symbols, then, what is it?
Some examples are: language; history; ethos; religion; political and legal institutions. Our parliamentary system is part of our culture, as is our tradition of freedom of speech. Common law and the independence of the judiciary are part of Canadian culture, too, as is the right of women to vote.
All these values are what Canadian soldiers fight for, and what the left tries to ignore and subjugate.
Recently Dennis Prager wrote about Germany's New Year’s Eve mass migrant rape gangs. He said that country was experiencing an internal battle between multiculturalism and feminism. In attempting to cover up the attacks, German leaders chose multiculturalism.
Saying that Canada is a multicultural country has had consequences, and it will continue to do so as long as it remains official policy. Hopefully, we will never experience the type of things now taking place in Europe, but after the "Two Mohammeds" shoot-up of the Calgary bar, when our elites refused to discuss the religion of the accused, how can we count on them to let us know?
We must stand up for Canadian culture. If you cannot bring yourself to do it for the sake of Canada, at least do it for Canada’s daughters.
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