Shut Out: Liberalism And The Attack On Anglo-Canada
by Brad Salzberg, Feb 2016
When considering the cultural history of Canada, the proclamation that “Canada has no culture” has underlined much of the general narrative. Although the idea defies over a century of English and French Canadian identity, in recent decades an absence of culture has become an unfortunate reality.
Canada’s new generation
Two elements in particular have led to this situation— Canada’s immigration and multicultural policies. Indeed, decade upon decade of mass immigration and institutionalized multiculturalism will do that to a nation.
It wasn’t always this way. Before 1967, the year the Liberal government of Lester Pearson introduced the “points system” for evaluating potential migrants, Canada was a fully functioning English and French bi-cultural nation. Several continental European communities, including Ukrainians and Italians, rounded out our overall citizenship. In fact, previous to the points system, 98% of Canada’s migrants came from European nations.
Justin Pierre James Trudeau , the 23rd and current Prime Minister of Canada
From a purely cultural perspective, the most transformative event in our history was the Liberal government’s introduction of Multiculturalism in 1971. Spearheaded by former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, this policy was the catalyst by which Canada officially transitioned from a bi-cultural to a multicultural society.
Sometimes in life, as well as in politics, there are winners and losers. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the post-multicultural fate of the largest segment of our society—English Canada. Despite an immeasurable and undeniable cultural contribution, modern society has informed English Canada their collective identity belongs at the bottom of the barrel.
“Ethnic” pride? Step right up. Gay pride? Join the parade. French-Canadian pride— good to go— just be careful not to offend anyone down at the local mosque. Anglo-Canadian pride? Now that is racist.
Pourquoi? It is possible no one knows the answer to such a question. What we do know, however, is that within Canadian society it is entirely taboo to display any measure of pride in being a Canadian of European descent.