The Canadian practice of “papering over” any angst about multiculturalism and immigration must be replaced by a frank conversation if this country is to thrive in an increasingly diverse future, experts say.
A report from Statistics Canada this week projected unprecedented population shifts over the next two decades and sparked a wave of vitriolic online comments, yet experts say there’s widespread reluctance to admit there are problems here.
There can’t be “a wave of comments” and “a reluctance to admit there are problems here” at the same time, unless (and we are reluctant to admit THIS too) there are class differences involved in the lack of dialogue as well.
A recent survey found that 90 per cent of allophones in Canada — those whose first language is neither French nor English — said they felt a stronger sense of pride when Canadian athletes won medals at the Olympics, he says, compared to 86 per cent of all Canadians.
Last time I checked, a 4 percentage point difference in any survey is considered more or less within the margin of error and therefore statistically irrelevant.
But hey, I didn’t go to journalism school…