Canada has quite the immigration rate, and even though we have laws limiting the number per year, civil war abroad, university applications, family immigration etc. causes the number of immigrants to Canada to increase. In our (rather embarrassing) history, we have had many immigrants come for our free land, fair enough polices, and relative new status. However, the sacrifice of culture is not questionable when looking at our past; aboriginal residential schools, racism throughout society and politics, and also Ukrainians, Japanese, Germans, (and I think Jews too, History class is a bit fuzzy in my head) being labeled as "enemy aliens" and interned in camps throughout Canada.
Clearly, in the past, we have assimilated the numerous cultures that make up Canada as a whole, and have therefore been a 'melting pot.' The question is: are we still loosing the cultures that come in? Definitely not for the same reason. We do have many 'encouragements' to keep our 'native' cultures, religions, and beliefs (or at least not to feel pressured towards any specific one). In fact, the government gives incentives (in Toronto at least) to small businesses that support a foreign culture (I can't find the article right now, if i find it I will post it). I do not agree with this, but that is a different topic. Point being, despite the government's efforts to keep up cultural diversity in Canada (which, I would like to point out, only really started as a result of Trudeau), as a people we are all assimilated through society. Through multiple forms of media, social customs, and time, people loss much of their past. They may still celebrate their traditions, but in a carefree manner. Future/ younger generations tend not to continue these traditions (as much, and it's importance degrades with time). Also, we have and are being heavily influenced by American culture. We are all being affected by the same winds, going into the same trends, having the same priorities and worries as a country because of all the influences that America has on the whole country.
If it's not clear enough, I believe that Canada is ultimately a melting pot, with glimmers of cultures emerging in the forms of protective laws, right amendments, and constant immigration only to be smoothly and quietly covered by the generation gaps and boiled in between.
In the poll, there is no in between option because you need to make a choice, and not stay on the fence like a lot of people like to do. It is not public.
This post has been edited by The Swimmer: 07 December 2011 - 03:36 AM