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Essay Critique

The article “Multiculturalism should be struck from the national vocabulary” brings up a crucial and controversial topic in Canadian society with regard to immigration.   The author claims that Canada should replace multiculturalism by pluralism as a concept of citizenship, in which all citizens – native-born and newcomers – are aware not only of their right, but also, of their responsibility within society. The incorrect interpretation of Canadian multiculturalism policy and mistakes of both, immigrants and government, with regard to their contribution to Canada’s future citizenship, are analyzed by the author in this article.
The author does well when he provides information about the number of immigrants that the government aims to attract per year, and comparative data such as, Canada is the second place in the world in immigrant per capita. This fact allows the reader to understand the magnitude of the problem. Nevertheless, the error in understanding multiculturalism is more than a semantic problem.   Sharing of the ways of life and customs of people from different origin can improve the cultural background of people as they learn about new cultures. However, multiculturalism has led to self-segregation. People are not taking advantage of the multicultural environment, because they are isolating themselves in their own communities. It seems that Canada is trying to create a land of mini countries instead of trying to establish its own. The incorrect interpretation of multiculturalism policy separates newcomers further away from Canadian society, instead of promoting their integration.
The second problem that is articulated by the author refers to the obligations of immigrants to be more active in their integration to Canadian society. However, in the article there is a lack of statistical information which can probe his assertions; for example, he could have shown the rate of “new Canadians” participation in voting in comparison with natives...

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