I’ve come across many attempts to define what multiculturalism is and most of them are wanting but not for a lack of trying. They seem vague and unsure of themselves. I find multiculturalism as a concept so ill-defined that I don’t think anyone really knows how to actually describe it without resorting to platitudes and appealing to the broad ideals of mutual respect and tolerance. That is until I watched this video in which its creator states that diversity just creates social problems where none existed before and I said “That’s it!” That’s exactly what multiculturalism is. It’s a government program that only creates problems where there weren’t problems before.
It’s getting tiresome to read and hear comments stating Canada has always been a multicultural country being ignorant of the fact that multiculturalism as social policy was born out of political convenience for the Liberal Party of Canada in the early 1970s. Prior to that Canada was very confident and comfortable with itself being a country of the British Commonwealth founded by the English and French languages; by European settlers; and rooted in European thought, culture, and traditions. Everything was going great until some pompous ass came along and f**ked everything up.
Multiculturalism has not contributed anything of significant worth to Canada or to Canadians. It exists solely as a political tool to manipulate ethnic voting blocs into delivering their votes to a particular political party come election day which was its initial intent all along. Outside of that all it has done for us is disrupt social cohesion by fragmenting our cities into ethnic enclaves/colonies. It produces societal headaches by fostering resentment among ethnic groups who seek political power and influence by competing with each other for government largesse. Because of multiculturalism governmental affairs are now bogged down with identity politics distracting it from addressing more pertinent concerns which it would be doing were it not allowed to distract itself with multicultural non-issues in the first place. It lets government appear to govern without actually governing.
Multiculturalism is political rent seeking. It’s the government creating a problem and then offering itself as the solution to the problem it created. Millions of tax dollars are wasted to fund the new layers of bureaucracy that multiculturalism needs for its administration. Millions of tax dollars are doled out each year to curry support from ethnic vote banks to fund their organizations, community centers, and festivals which we don’t go to because, frankly, we don’t give a s**t about their culture. This money could have been put to better use to serve the real needs of Canadians if multiculturalism didn’t exist.
Multiculturalism is a hollow idea. It’s a non-identity. It has done nothing for us as a country and denies Canadians the ability to create a unique character and voice on the world stage. It robs communities of local culture and nations of its character. It needs to be thrown into the trash can of bad ideas where it belongs.