What is Canada’s Real Strength?

by corinnearchambault on November 23, 2017 - 8:45pm

The author suggests that immigrants in Canada do not pursue all/most of their cultural activities and often adopt the country’s ways of doing. Herself an immigrant, Catherine says that she would often hear people in her family say that “they were in Canada now” to explains cultural changes in practices. Many people believe that Canada’s strength is to let people practice their first culture, but the author’s hypothesis is that newcomers often abide to their new country’s culture. Catherine aims to prove her point by explaining how her mother was happy when she decided not to marry a guy that she barely knew (arranged marriage) and that she wanted to finish her studies. She was the first women in her family to have this opportunity. She strongly and firmly believes that the strength of Canada’s society does not lay in diversity, but in freedom of choice which allows each group and individual the ability to chose for themselves without further struggle.


I believe this topic is important because diversity issues are a contemporary phenomenon that occurs in the country I grew up in. It explains and refers to Canada’s worldviews and the values that are enforced. For example, multiculturalism and diversity are often seen as descriptive of Canada in opposition to the assimilation of immigrants aimed for or valued in the United States. When I was in high school, I was in the international program which meant that issues such as diversity, racism and equality were frequently addressed. We talked more specifically about multiculturalism in Canada and its implication for the dominant culture. Many people see multiculturalism as a threat when in fact, its goal is to let all cultures flourish as they wish, without falling under one big umbrella of dominant ideologies. I believe that multiculturalism is really important as it does not favour one belief over another one. I strongly support the “live and let live” expression which is why I back multiculturalism. How do you think multiculturalism can be seen as a threat to the different groups in society?


Little, Catherine. “Canada’s real strength? It’s not diversity.” The Globe and Mails, July 30th, 2017. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/canadas-real-strength-its-not-di... 39119/ Accessed on November 21st,2017.


I chose this article because I wanted to reply to your question on How do you think multiculturalism can be seen as a threat to the different groups in society? Well, I do agree with what you said, and your opinion, but Some cultures are plain incompatible. For example, a culture which involves compulsory attendance at religious ceremonies cannot merge with a culture where participation is voluntary without one or both cultures making compromises, that is, losing some of their original characteristics: attendance at religious ceremonies cannot be both compulsory and optional. Let’s take the U.K as an example Christmas is no longer celebrated in some public institutions or places ostensibly for fear of offending Muslims, Hindus, etc. The reason has to do with the British politicians trying to prove themselves holier than thou, than with any offense caused to other religious groups. I wouldn’t like to see the same thing happening to Canada, where we don’t see the celebration of Christmas, which isn’t that religious anymore.

This is my opinion on the subject; I wanted to share and see the readers reaction. Feel free to challenge it, and continue the conversation because many are in favor of multiculturalism and many are against.


I chose your post because I want to address the topic of multiculturalism in Canada. To answer your question, multiculturalism can be as a threat to others since many are scared of change. They are not used to different practices and some (example: clothing that hides face, head and entire body) can shake a bit the majority. Many rather stick to their own values and beliefs and have a hard time accepting others'. Although, Canada is a free country therefore, I do believe that people should be able to express themselves within their culture but to a certain extent. Meaning, the religious practices of the minorities should not affect negatively the majority.
Don't you think people should try and understand more each others culture before judging negatively?