Posts Tagged ‘failure

Super committee – super failure

- November 21st, 2011

It is a group of legislators charged with finding what to cut from the US budget before they go over the brink. The whole idea of only cutting $1.2 trillion over 10 years is a farce but these jokers couldn’t even pull off a farce. Brian Darling from the Heritage Foundation joined me on Byline to break it down.

Is multiculturalism dead in Canada?

- February 11th, 2011

Canada's immigration minister, Jason Kenney, isn't ready to call multiculturalism dead just yet. QMI Agency, file photo

So we’ve now had the German Chancellor, the British Prime Minister and the French President all say that multiculturalism is a failure.

Will we ever hear a Canadian politician say the same thing?

Right now the answer is no, at least not one in power. Our lead editorial declared it was dead on Thursday and pointed to the ethnic enclaves that dot the Canadian landscape.

And what ferments so often in many of these single-cultural, often state-dependent ghettos are the religious prejudices and ethnic hatreds of their homelands.

It’s bad baggage.

Guest columnist Gurmukh Singh pointed out that our so-called multiculturalism leads to ethnic self-segregation and does nothing to bring about the diversity its champions claim.

When there is little social and economic interaction among various ethnic enclaves, what is there to celebrate about this so-called multiculturalism? It is pure segregation.

Today, Charles Adler just calls it all plain BS and says it hurts the country.

Multiculturalism divides Canadian against Canadian. It gives power to the basest elements in Canada, those who don’t believe in national unity and ultimately those who don’t believe in Canada as we know it.

So with all this opinion saying multiculturalism is hurting us we must be close to shutting down this 1970s Utopian experiment right?

Wrong.

First off, it is in our constitution through the Charter of Rights. I’d like to know whose bright idea that was.

Secondly, the chattering classes still love this stuff even as they, mostly being well off white folks, live in self-selected wealthy white enclaves – see Rosedale, Westmount, Westboro or insert your own local enclave here.

There is something happening even if it is subtle.

Jason Kenney, the current immigration minister, is one of the most pro-immigration people I’ve ever met. He still believes, despite calls and criticism to cut the number of immigrants, that Canada ‘s program of having the highest relative to population immigration rate is a good thing.

But Kenney also believes that while ethnic enclaves are inevitable but….

“My concern, and I think it should be a concern of all of ours, is to ensure that ethnic enclaves, so-called, don’t become traps, preventing people from integrating into the broader Canadian society, limiting their opportunities, their economic opportunities or their social opportunities for engagement beyond the culture with which they are familiar.”

He goes on to describe how he is changing the Multiculturalism program from “song, sari and samosa multiculturalism” to one that deals with integrating immigrants and increasing the level of civic literacy among immigrants and the Canadian born.

“Now, that’s exactly what we have done through the Multiculturalism Program. We’ve changed the priorities of the program to focus on rapid pathways to integration, building bridges between communities to avoid the isolation of particular ethno-cultural communities, focusing on youth-at-risk and combating radicalization.”

So we are a long way off from Kenney or anyone in power uttering the same words as Cameron, Merkel and Sarkozy but kenney argues that we are a long way off from the problems of those countries.

Let’s hope he is right.

You can watch Kenny’s whole speech, called Good Citizenship: The Duty to Integrate below. Since he’s the man making the policy, it is worth taking a look.

Part one

Part two

Part three