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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Persichilli on the failure of Canadian multiculturalism

Forty years ago, then prime minister Pierre Trudeau created a policy — multiculturalism — that allowed immigrants to become Canadians by integrating into our culture without abandoning their own. He was trying to differentiate between Canadian integration and American assimilation (the melting pot).
Without question, integration is more appealing to newcomers than assimilation. But is it working for everyone?
In reality, the origin of multiculturalism predates the 1970s. It all started when the first Canadian prime minister, John A. Macdonald, said: “A British subject I was born and a British subject I will die.” While Thomas Jefferson decided to create America and Americans, Macdonald decided to create Canada but not Canadians...


Did it work? In my opinion, no. In fact, I would argue that the current system penalizes new and old immigrants.
But multiculturalism became a mantra for the Liberals to secure votes from the “ethnics” and is now wielded by multicultural prophets who muzzle debate in order to protect their own interests. 
They have erected a media and political firewall around the concept of multiculturalism (and immigration) that blocks any criticism of international criminals, dishonest consultants and sneaky individuals who take advantage of our generosity at the expense of those in real need of help or who are willing to come into our country to work and prosper with us.
This intransigence is forcing Canadians, who in general have supported the policies of multiculturalism and immigration, to take a second look at them because they want to make sure that our country remains a destination for people in need of help, not a cow to milk.

This is an important read that you can see in its entirety here.

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