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Multicultural Discontent in Toronto
by Stephen Brown
Forty years ago, Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau made multiculturalism Canada's official policy with the Canadian Multicultural Act. To many Canadians, no government policy in their country's history has had a more profound and irrevocable effect on their society and way of life than this un-voted on Liberal initiative. Trudeau was the most leftist prime minister in Canadian history and, due to his far left leanings, was once blacklisted from entering the United States.
While there were already many cultures in Canada in 1971, those of the country's two founding peoples, English and French, were foremost. But that was to end with the Multicultural Act, which radically changed Canadian society (mainly the dominant English part) from being primarily an assimilative one to a mosaic, in which immigrants could now retain the cultures they brought with them. According to the policy's socialist originators in the Liberal Party, Canada was to become a brilliant rainbow of peoples and cultures who would be naturally tolerant of one another (not like those racist white people who pioneered the country) and who would also enrich society with their diversity. And perhaps of equal importance to the Liberals' leftist and anti-American social engineers, Canada would not be like America's melting pot.
But forty years after multiculturalism's adoption, its success remains debatable. The supposed intolerance existing in pre-multicultural Canada, which multiculturalism would eliminate, seems to have been replaced by other hatreds and prejudices the new ethnic groups have brought with them from around the world.
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