The peoples party of Canada has a new thesis of what Canada was and should be. Maxime Bernier recently released a new ad on his twitter page. The ad tears into the Multiculturalism Act but it also does something else, it tries to explain a Canadian Identity.
Official multiculturalism is based on the idea that there is no unified Canadian society and no distinct Canadian identity to integrate into, and that we are just a collection of ethnic and religious tribes living side by side.In this article I am going to try and explain why this new thesis is inaccurate and why this lie does more harm than good.
First, Maxime Bernier’s idea of a nation is limited to “a sense of belonging and common values”. He ignores language, history, and ethnicity. Already he has shot himself in the foot. If Canada was just based off a sense of belonging and common values than why did the English and the French have to fight a war for the land? How will Maxime Bernier explain the distinct Quebecois identity that has been trying to tear away from Canada almost from inception? In these things Maxime’s belief makes it impossible to objectively understand Canada’s history.
Next Maxime states that Canada has “always been a diverse country”. He doesn’t say much around this statement but in many ways this is simply untrue. At the start we could say the country was greater than 90% European, not only that but it was rooted in being British, it was a British colony. We can say there was a significant French Catholic population that was different to the majority British Protestants but how can we compare that to what we have today?
Then Maxime talks about the Multiculturalism Policy. His take away is that because of the Multiculturalism policy, immigrants keep their culture when they come to Canada. However earlier in the video Maxime states immigrants already used to do this. So what changed? Well its quite simple, the Multiculturalism Policy wouldn’t be the problem that it is today if the immigrant populations would still be Europeans. Even small populations of non-european groups weren’t considered a problem before the Multiculturalism Act because the smaller culture would slowly merge into the larger one. This is the real problem nowadays, the dominant culture is being displaced, because the once dominant people are being replaced.
Finally, Maxime Berniers states his view of what Canada’s distinct values are:
- Those of western countries
- Individual Rights
- Freedom of Religion to believe (and criticize)
- Equality between men and women
- Equal treatment of all citizens regardless of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation
- Rule of law
- Separation of state and religion
When you look at Maxime Bernier’s list of “distinct Canadian values” can we say any of those are not also true for the most part of our neighbour to the south? And that brings me to the final and most important point. Maxime Bernier, if he would succeed in spreading his idea of what a Canadian is, would make us indistinguishable to the United States.
This is why the PPC is wrong, and dangerous. They would further the process of us forgetting our history and the people who shaped it all for the sake of individualism and “freedoms”. And to that I say: