Letter from Canada: Legislating Oppression

Letter from Canada: Legislating Oppression

The appointment of a Parliamentary Task Force on Participation of Visible Minorities in Canadian Society was the latest in a series of attempts to persuade Canadians that their country must be­ come a miniature United Nations in order to substantiate a political theory. The theorist is Pierre Elliott Trudeau; his theory is that "nations belong to a transitional period in world history'' and that a pluralistic Canada could become "a brilliant prototype for the molding of tomorrow's civilization."

To this end, the focus of Canada's immigration policy was changed. The country's traditional sources of immigrants — the British Isles, Europe, the United States, and Australia — were given a back seat to Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Central and South America, and the West Indies. Between 1964 and 1968, 84 percent of Canada's immigrants came from its traditional sources. Ten years later, because of policies that discourage immigration from these sources while actively encouraging immigration from elsewhere, that figure had fallen to 50 percent. The objective of the government seems to be to change the character of Canada.

One of the main problems with the legislated approach is that it overlooks the fact that people are different Conflict can arise between individuals of different origin...

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