In this video, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel very correctly, in my opinion, labels multiculturalism as a lie.
“Those fleeing from war and persecution will find protection with us,” she says. Ditto for those coming to Canada, I say.
“Those who found refuge and protection with us must obey our laws, values and traditions,” Ms Merkel adds. Ditto for those coming to Canada, I add.
“And in order to understand us they must learn the German language,” she goes on to say. Ditto, yet again, from me, except substitute English or French for German.
Then she gets interesting and thought provoking when she says, “All this, dear friends, is integration. It is the exact opposite of multiculturalism.”
And then she speaks a vitally important and absolutely fundamental truth: “It remains true that multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and multiculturalism, therefore, remains a lie.”
And that’s it … multiculturalism, the very thing that we Canadians have celebrated, largely uncritically, since Pierre Trudeau announced it as government policy in October 1971, is a lie. Worse it is a destructive lie because it saps the very “national unity” that we, Canadians, find so difficult to maintain by allowing, even encouraging “parallel societies” to emerge.
Multiculturalism has always been a fraud.
It was adopted by Trudeau and accepted by Mulroney as an necessary backdrop to (deeply unpopular) official bilingualism.
But it was an article of faith for some.
I well remember the almost embarrassingly earnest Gérard Pelletier who, as a minister in the Trudeau regime, formed the (then) new (and now defunct) Department of Communications back in the early 1970s.
Minister Pelletier actually believed that, somehow, there was some synergy between the “culture vultures” and the highly technical radio spectrum engineers. I called it “frequencies and folk dancing.”
We can all probably remember when every national event featured carefully balanced English and French hosts and acts and, of course, some Cape Breton fiddlers and the beautiful, leggy, Ukrainian dancers from the prairies. It was, pretty much, a national formula designed to convince us all that multiculturalism was both real and harmless.
Of course, it was neither.
Those beautiful girls from Sydney, NS and Saskatoon, SK, as well as the ones from Saddle Lake, AB were dancers, performers, entertainers first and First Nations, Scots or Ukrainian second … a distant second.
It was, really, a scam, government propaganda, designed to lull us all into a false sense of “security.”
But it was a comfortable (albeit false) sense of security until more and more Canadians took it seriously. The notion was planted that every culture (a loaded word, I know) was equally “good” and valuable.
I’m sorry, but I reject that notion.
Cultures which allow, even encourage female genital mutilation and inflict it on young girls and cultures that allow, even encourage and practice “honour killings” are neither equally “good” nor as “valuable” as those which abandoned such barbaric customs centuries ago. Cultures that devalue women, tolerate slavery and stone women for being raped are not “good” or valuable and they are not welcome in Canada.
Bundeskanzlerin Merkel is right: multiculturalism is a lie. Newcomers to Canada, immigrants and refugees are, of course, welcome to retain all the customs that conform to “our laws, values and traditions,” but they must discard the rest. We must be fiercely intolerant of honour killings, female genital mutilation and misogyny.
Immigrants and refugees, especially, are entitled to our protection, they are not entitled to change Canada away from its cherished Western cultural norms and values.
My 2¢, anyway.