February 10, 2016

No, Canada is NOT a multicultural country

John InglisRebel Blogger

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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commented 2016-02-17 20:46:17 -0500
In Canada:

1. Speak English (okay, or French in Quebec) well or be impotent in society and life generally.
2. Follow Canadian etiquette and customs strictly or be shunned.
3. Follow Canadian laws (even though some are quite objectionable or unreasonable) or be fined, imprisoned, given a criminal record.

Otherwise, you are free to be as foreign as you like – but there isn’t much room left to be foreign, now is there? You can’t do well in Canada using a foreign language, foreign etiquette and customs, or behaving based on foreign laws. If you do so you will be impotent in society, shunned, and sooner or later given a criminal record.
commented 2016-02-12 13:29:26 -0500
Multicultural Country is an adjective noun pairing. In order for the noun to be modified, it must exist. That is, we have to believe that Canada is a country. Unfortunately, Canada is not a country; therefore it cannot be multi-culti.
commented 2016-02-12 12:05:44 -0500
Regarding the British Monarchy in Canada this is a plus!. If a Canadian Prime Minister or a provincial Premier gave themselfs to much power or got way out of line the government cabinet can ask the Governor General or a Lieutenant Governor who represents England Monarchy to dissolved Parliament which would force a election. Also as long as Canada has a Monarchy Canada cannot join the USA. The British Monarchy has influence when the Queen or King gives a official public speach!. Canadian city’s like having a British Monarch make a official visit because it brings media attention for the city and creates revenue too for the city’s by way of tourists who come to the city so they can visit with the monarch!. Governor General and Lieutenant Govenors are the British Monarch representives in Canada and they put on levee’s which are social times with the Monarchs representives discussing various issues, entertainment, snacks and tea and coffee basically a joyful time and their’s nothing wrong with that. Their’s three main types of ideal family’s they are: the Holy Family of Mother Mary her husband Joesph and their the mom and dad of the Child Jesus, next their’s the Royal Family consisting of a king and a queen who are husband and wife with their children who a prince and princess, and the 3rd is the Traditional/Nuclear Family consisting of a wife and a husband who are the mom and a dad of their natural children. England is Canada’s mother country!.
commented 2016-02-12 11:08:08 -0500
Here’s two more big influences England gave Canada. Canada ’s constitution The British North American Act of 1867 was influence by the British!. Canada also participates every four years in the British made Common Wealth Games which are sports games!.
commented 2016-02-11 22:29:38 -0500
Alain Gaudrea, Canada government system is from England, we have a Prime Minister, Canada Parliament as two Houses a elected House of Commons and a appionted Senate this is our heritage from England not France. Also Canada’s first Prime Minister John A Macdonald came from England not france and he helped much forming the country of Canada. I live in British Columbia which of course is a province of Canada-John Trutch was British Columbia first Lieutentant Governor and he had help bring British Columbia into confederation with Canada and he too is from England. Canadian city’s such Victoria and London have British names. Canada’s first flag was England flag. Even now Canada has the same Queen as England who is Canada’s head of state when JT was sworn in as Canada new PM in 2015 he swore alliegiance to our British Queen which is fine because she will give him some sound advice which he truely needs!. Other country’s know if they attacked Canada England would come and defend Canada and make no mistake England’s Navy and Airforce is much superior than Canada’s. Plus Canada has a good trading relationship with England which is good for Canada’s economy both country’s strongly believe in free enterprise. In British Columbia 55.5% of the population was British in 1981. Other Canadian provinces also have had a large British population. The Anglican Church of Canada has a British heritage too. In the 1960’s Canada was rocking to the British band from England The Beatles and the British movie series James Bond are highly liked by Canadians.And their’ so much more British in Canada!.
commented 2016-02-11 14:30:56 -0500
Is there any evidence that modern immigrants integrate less than those of a century past did? There are still visible remnants of far older cultural ghettos dispersed throughout Canada.
commented 2016-02-11 14:00:24 -0500
Just for Alain, you may not be aware, but my wife is a Quebequois and my children are growing up to be bilingual. This is not a bash against Canadiens, it is about appreciating Canada’s culture. PET considered himself a Citizen of the World, that is why he did not appreciate Canada’s culture.
commented 2016-02-11 03:41:46 -0500
OK, ALAIN GAUDREAU… Let’s say I accept your version of “Canadian” history… But if our culture is indeed an acceptance of the English fact of history, and the French fact of history – thus indicating an acceptance of both founding cultures – why is it that right now on The Rebel we have another blog going where “the French” are trying to negate bilingual signs in a playground?… So what is good for the goose is not so good for the gander, eh?… En francais, s’il vous plait…
commented 2016-02-11 00:27:22 -0500
Mr. Larry Jung I would suggest to you that your WASPY view of Canada is a little bit wrong and that the term Canadian was used for the longest time to describe the French inhabitants of the British Empire Canada. The English Canadians preferred to call themselves " English " until very recently; and to say that without England there would be no Canada I would like to remind you that without the help of the French Canadians at the siege of Quebec in 1776 by the Americans, Major Carleton would of lost Quebec city and what about the Marquis of Salaberry leading the Voltigeurs against the Americans in Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River in the war of 1812. The right to our language and our Religion was not a gift of generosity by the English but was negociated and earned with their blood. As for Multiculturalism!!; Quebec never asked for that but it was shure useful for the REST of Canada to use it to bash Quebec for asking the right to protect the French Language and Heritage. The rest of Canada was all for Multiculturalism ( as long as everybody spoke English ) To blame P.E. Trudeau alone for bringing in Multiculturalism??? their had to be overall acceptance by English Canada and as the author says the acceptance that there is no Canadian Culture except maybe for the few of us who can appreciate Gordon Lightfoot and Robert Charlebois at the same time in the two Founding Nation’s of Canada which is the true Canadian culture!!! Bilingual French and Bilingual English Canadians who live and enjoy bought cultures, be it New-Brunswick , Montreal, Eastern townships of Quebec, Northern Ontario and some spots all over Canada. Remember " O Canada was written and sung in French decades before the English version came out using the same musical score.
commented 2016-02-11 00:17:08 -0500
Yes, and that’s the problem. Multicultural is an ill thought-out and an unworkable concept. It sounds progressive, but it’s illogical – a faddish idea that is not resolving the problem. Not unlike saving souls by burning people at the stake, or drowning women to prove that they weren’t witches.
commented 2016-02-10 23:18:14 -0500
Except it is and has been promoted as such to the world for decades now.
commented 2016-02-10 22:04:46 -0500
I am used to a pragmatic definition of an organization’s culture. For any type of organization – business, volunteer, sports, medical, educational etc. – its culture can be described as simply as “the way things are done” in that organization; and made up of how people in that organization (or culture) behave, the values they believe in and demonstrate, their ceremonies and traditions, what is accepted and encouraged and what is frowned upon or not permitted, etc. Its “the way we do things here.” To be, or to become a participating member of an organization, one would be expected to adhere to and support the way things are done in that organization – its culture.

However, a collection of cultures in a so-called multicultural organization leads to the confusing situation where there simultaneously exists a collection of different cultures which inevitably, as a group, contain contradictions, discrepancies, and opposing ways that things are done.
Consequently, an organization that purports to be made up of many different cultures, has, in fact no culture itself. So a case could be made that once Canada decided to define itself as a “multicultural” country, it declared that there is no such thing as the Canadian Culture. In Canada, the way things are now acceptably done are “any way you want.” For newcomers this must be somewhat chaotic and it severely restricts any development of a sense of being a Canadian.
commented 2016-02-10 20:51:37 -0500
Canada’s true and real culture is Judeo-Christian values, the Monarchy yes Enland is Canada’s mother country in fact without England their be no Canada plus the traditional/nuclear family which is dad, mom and kids!. This needs to be defended and supported for real Canadian culture and also for the betterment of Canada!.