Which is why our governing classes would do well to heed the results of this Strategic Counsel poll and not start lecturing us again about our need to be more tolerant and accepting of foreign immigrants, as if we were a bunch of ignorant racists:
In a country that prides itself on embracing multiculturalism, a new poll finds a large number of Canadians say immigrants from Europe are far more likely to make a positive contribution to Canada than those from Asia, India or the Caribbean.
Immigration has become a controversial issue since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and recent surveys show Canadians' attitudes have hardened. A Globe and Mail/CTV poll released yesterday found a large majority of Canadians supporting the deportation or jailing of anyone supporting terrorists.
The new Globe/CTV poll, conducted by The Strategic Counsel, found Canadians are generally in favour of the government's current immigration policy and say it strikes the right balance in terms of numbers and countries of origin.
But 41 per cent of Canadians believe the country an immigrant comes from is linked to their likelihood of success in Canada. Among those polled with such views, there were also clear notions of which immigrant groups are more likely to make a positive contribution.
European immigrants -- who tend to be predominantly white -- topped the list with 76 per cent, followed by Asians at 59 per cent. Less than half of that subsection of Canadians, at 45 per cent, believed Indians make a positive contribution and West Indians were viewed favourably by only 33 per cent.
It is not racist to be critical of the effects of multiculturalism, nor to point out some basic truths about Canadian society. It's simply easier to integrate into a society which is closer to one's own society of origin. Wouldn't most Canadians find it easier to integrate into Austria than Afghanistan?
The poll also found Canadians are overwhelmingly in favour of abandoning the "mosaic" approach to multiculturalism that has long been a defining feature of the nation's identity, according to the survey of 1,000 people conducted from Aug. 3-7. A sample of 1,000 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Nearly seven in 10 Canadians say immigrants should be encouraged to integrate and become part of the broader society rather than maintaining their ethnic identity and culture.
Inchoate though it be, there is a growing sense than multiculturalism is no longer a matter of folk festivals and ethnic restaurants and has become a means to import and promote barbaric customs such as tribal gang warfare and sharia law--and worse, to foster terrorism.
Reports of European-born Muslim men being raised from birth with unrelenting hostility to their home countries and turning to Islamic terrorism as a result make people uneasy about the same thing happening in Canada.
These men grew up under the multicultural ethos which did not ask them to respect
their home countries' culture and traditions; indeed, it regularly denigrated them.
Many of us who went through public school in Canada are doubtless familiar with history classes that damned Canadian history as a centuries-long progression of white European men's crimes against Indians, other races, and women. The Islamic madrassas merely reinforce lessons taught in the public schools.
The men who bombed the London subway were British-born, but raised to hate Britain, not just by their religious leaders, but by Britons themselves.
The same process is happening here, and it will inevitably produce the same results.
If we don't respect our own culture, how can we expect others to respect it?
Source: Globe and Mail