These people have the right to keep their head buried in the sand, but the fact remains Canada is now a multiracial, multi-ethnic society of disparate, segregated communities.
In the long run, there is very little possibility that Canada, with its much smaller population but proportionately higher immigration, will ever become a melting pot like the United States where the English majority subsumed other major immigrant groups -- Germans, Irish, Scots and others -- into itself (read the mainstream) over a period of time.
Amidst all this, it is ridiculous when politicians describe multiculturalism as a celebration of this country’s diversity. They hop from a Chinese festival to a Pakistani enclave party and call it a celebration of diversity. But has anyone seen one ethnic group join another to celebrate this diversity?
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.
Some people could argue immigrant groups start assimilating into the mainstream only after their second or third generations. Yes, it happened in the case of earlier immigrants who came from the same ethnic and religious stock and got completely cut off from their ancestral lands.
But it has not happened with later immigrants who came from many different races and religions and are today wired 24-hours-a-day to their native lands thanks to the communication revolution. How much interaction do you see between the Chinese and the Indians, though both groups have been here for about a century?
I have been mulling in my mind for some time and intended to blog about some of the points he addresses in the article.
One of them is the farce that is multiculturalism. The ethnic festivals that are held in Toronto year round are typically visited by the members of the particular ethnic group that is hosting it. They are often joined by the presence of a few bored locals and some Toronto residents (almost all white) who go to these festivals the way some people bar hop on a Saturday night. But you do not see much cultural mingling among the many colonies that are carving up the city like gangland turfs.
The most important point is that we cannot compare the immigrants of today to the first European settlers who founded the nation. Those first settlers were of a stock that had little to lose by coming to a hostile uncultivated and unsettled land. They did so as a way of laying a foundation for their lives and in turn laid the foundations of a nation. They came from nothing to arrive at a land of unrealized potential. When they left their native lands they realized that they may never see it again. They settled into societies built by the British and French settlers who arrived before them and, because they were almost culturally cut off from their homelands, assimilated.
In 2011 immigrants settle in an industrialized, first world host society complemented by a social safety net that grants them access to the internet, satellite communication technology, cable television, and affordable air travel. This allows them to live a kind of satellite existence in Canada where they can be in constant contact with their home countries and can frequently visit them if they wish. Canada then becomes just a postal code and their "ethnic-enclaves" become a kind of urban sprawl expansion of the country from whence they came. Earlier immigrants didn't have these luxuries. When they left their countries they left them for good. Today's immigrants only leave their countries in body.
It is erroneous to include modern immigration into the grand immigration narrative as if immigration today is no different from the past because it excludes the modern world as context. For many immigrants coming to Canada doesn't necessarily mean leaving the old country behind. The effect this is having on Canada is that it is turning the country into a nation of colonies. This is not nation building but nation fragmentation.