Saturday, 1 May 2010

You Don't Win Friends By Filing Human Rights Complaints or Accept My Culture Or Else.

As if immigrants don't already draw a negative image in the minds of many Quebecers a Filipino family filed a human rights complaint against a Quebec school over allegations that the school discriminated against a son in the family over cultural eating practices. From the National Post.

A Quebec Filipino family has won a human-rights fight against a Montreal school board that allegedly discriminated against a seven-year-old student by reprimanding him for eating "like a pig."

The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal is ordering the Marguerite Bourgeoys School Board to pay Maria-Theresa Gallardo and her son, Luc Cagadoc, $17,000 in moral and punitive damages in a claim of racial and ethnic discrimination.


So I guess eating like a pig is a human right nowadays. The story gets better.

The Marguerite Bourgeoys School Board was involved in another human rights case a decade ago when it prohibited a Sikh student from wearing a kirpan to school. The case was eventually fought to the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled that schools must allow Sikh students to wear the ceremonial daggers rather than ban them in the name of public safety.

I've been in contact with many Filipino immigrants. I have even been invited over for diner by some and I do not recall any of them eating in the manner the boy in the story did so it seems to me this is a minority within a minority rocking the boat and being culturally aggressive. Filipino's are some of the most integrated of immigrants and this would extend to their manner of eating.

The Sikh youth is another example of militant cultural aggression that gets Canadians riled up. He is not required to wear the kirpan all the time so it is a matter of choice, an option he forced onto the rest of Canadian society irrespective of Canadian law regarding concealed weapons. It wasn't about religious rights but about Sikh cultural chauvinism.

Aggressive acts beget negative responses and when Canadians respond negatively they are castigated as racists when in deed they were not the ones who picked the fight. Picking fights with the host society you chose to immigrate to will not win you friends and in consequence you will never be accepted as a Canadian.

What these combined examples illustrate is the tyrannical nature of the multiculturalist program. It should be apparent that when push comes to shove the host society is obligated to capitulate in the face of opposition and if it refuses to do so a quasi judicial framework exists to make sure it does. The lesson is learned: accommodate or else. How this promotes integration and a confident Canadian identity is anyone's guess.

In the end, perhaps Quebecers should raise their own children from now on. Were it not for the live-in care giver program, where a mere two years of baby sitting gets one permanent residency in this country and on the road to citizenship, Canada wouldn't have much of a Filipino community to speak of.

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