"Aside from addressing the usual political
multiculturalism came into being in order to open minds that for
too long had been closed."
Irving Abella, Historian, Toronto
diversification of Quebec and Canadian society
is not only irreversible, but it also fundamentally changes
the way we live."
Fo Niemi, Equality rights advocate, Montreal
"Canada is a rare example of people of different
languages democratically united in a single country...(this) has
made Canada one of the most fortunate countries in the world."
Geoffrey Pearson, Former Diplomat, Ottawa
"Am I less Canadian because I also speak Cantonese and
read the Vancouver Sun, the Globe and Mail, and the Chinese
Ming Pao and Sing Tao papers daily?"
Lilian To, Immigrant services director, Vancouver
Employment equity is less a program dedicated to rooting
racist practices than it is a belief that Canadian society is
(almost) irredeemably racist and that the labour market should
be re-ordered along clientalist lines.
Nathan Greenfield, Algonquin College, Ottawa.
Firms' first export markets tend to be those which are
psychoculturally closest to them - that is having similar cultural,
legal and language characteristics.
Jonathan Calof, International business professor, Ottawa
"Despite all the apparent differences in cultural
heritage and skin colour, we have far more in common: pursuit of
freedom, democracy, and human rights, and the love of Canada."
Joseph Wong, Harmony Movement, Toronto