Clearly, the time has arrived for a full governmental review of immigration and multicultural legislation—not to mention the Charter of Rights and Freedoms itself

Equality or Eradication: The Future of “Multicultural” Canada

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In 1988, ​official multiculturalism was entrenched into ​the Canadian constitution, seventeen years after former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau introduced the concept to the Canadian public.

Both at time of entrenchment, and in the early 1970’s when the concept was first introduced, Canadians had little idea of how this piece of legislation would impact our society. Indeed, it is arguable that even in our present day— mainly due to media and government positioning —many Canadians are unaware of how this statute has affected our nation, and what it will mean for the future of our country.

Introduced originally by Trudeau as “multiculturalism within a bilingual framework,” it didn’t take long before the policy’s intention began to go sideways. How could it not, with Canada on the receiving end of millions of immigrants over the past three decades. In fact, with greater public awareness, it could have been anticipated that the combination of multicultural and immigration policy would one day result in an unprecedented social transformation.

That day has now arrived. As a result of decades of mass immigration from Asia, the Middle East, and various third world countries, the demographic make-up of Canada has been radically transformed. At present, thirty-three ridings out of a total of 338 are majority “ethnic” ridings. With our present federal immigration quota- not to mention landed immigrant populations comprised of foreign workers, students and refugees- this figure is on a fast-paced, upward trajectory.

What is most curious about these developments is how they are portrayed, and thereby understood, by the general public. For decades, Canadians have heard about “disadvantaged” newcomers, and the difficulties of integrating into our society. Yet, according to multicultural policy, newcomers are not required to integrate into Canadian society—rather, they are encouraged to maintain and promote the cultures from which they came. To accomplish this, our government provides hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars to multicultural and ethnic community organizations. Some estimates place this figure at over a billion dollars within the past three decades.

To fully understand these issues, one additional piece of Trudeau-created legislation must be considered— Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Ostensibly a policy to create social equality among Canadians regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, this statute has largely served as a protective wall against those questioning culturally-undermining social developments, such as the issue of Chinese public signage in Richmond B.C.

In fact, an entire civil rights industry has sprung up since the Charter’s inception in the early 1980’s. Comprised of immigration and refugee lawyers, as well as civil libertarian organizations such as the B.C. Civil Rights Association and the Alberta Human Rights Commission, this powerful legal ensemble spend their working days disregarding the will of the general public, preferring instead to support the fringe of our society— for example, the Islamic lady who wanted to hide her identity during her citizenship ceremony.

Let us now ask a salient question— where is all this leading? Surely, it appears the legislation relevant to our discussion— the Charter, as well as our immigration and multicultural policies— have led our country down a path that few could have imagined even one generation ago.

Demographically-speaking, Canadians of European heritage are headed for minority status within our largest cities. Once achieved, will they transition to the status of being one of Canada’s “disadvantaged” communities? Not likely. Will they be on the receiving end of hundreds of millions of tax dollars? Not a chance. Rather, if current legislation remains status quo, Canadians of European origin will be the only community without a government or societal endorsement to promote their cultural heritage and identity. How ironic! After all, these Canadians are the descendants of those who originally established these civil rights and freedoms. Why then, would they be the only “identifiable” community in Canada lacking the rights granted to our minority communities—who aren’t even minorities anymore!

Equality, or eradication? Presently, it is not looking good. Armed with the mighty Charter, our legal contingent put the brakes on a proposed bylaw to add the English language to Chinese language signage in Richmond— despite the fact that English is one of our nation’s official languages. Who established English as one of Canada’s official languages? Why, none other than the founder of multiculturalism, Pierre Trudeau!

The irony— indeed, the absurdity of the situation knows no bounds. Canada is today an inverted nation, prioritizing those who have been on our soil for all of twenty minutes over Canadians whose families have lived here for generations. Millions of dollars flow through to newly arrived refugees, while seniors who have paid taxes for decades struggle to pay their rent. If we speak out about it, we are condemned as bigots and racists.

Clearly, the time has arrived for a full governmental review of immigration and multicultural legislation—not to mention the Charter of Rights and Freedoms itself. This time, it must occur in consultation with the Canadian people—as in those who were conveniently omitted from the discussion the first time around.

If this does not occur, what was originally presented as equitable social policy will result in a complete social inversion, devoid of true equality for all Canadians. Yes, all may be equal, but some will be more equal than others.

Brad Salzberg, August 2015

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Brad Salzberg is the founder of the Cultural Action Party of Canada.

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