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August 2015 – As I took in a small piece of the Pan Am Games, I was struck by a passing conversation I had with a fellow spectator. Wow, that guy can run, exclaimed a person I did not know. Wonder where he is from, he then added. My response – Canada of course! An innocent remark I suppose but a reminder of our tendency to hyphenate.
While excitement from the Pan Am Games winds down and with it the pride we all took in the remarkable achievements of the Canadian athletes, it is as good a time as any to take a bit of stock of where we as Canadians stand. In the last while a number of polls have come out. In July, Environics Institute for Survey Research, released their latest Focus Canada survey. It had a number of promising findings. For example, it showed that Canadians continue to see multiculturalism as among the country`s top symbols. While there is significant concern about immigrants adopting "Canadian values", there is broad consensus that someone born abroad is just as likely as someone born here of being an upstanding citizen. Our own Report on Canadian values showed that the majority of Canadians reported having a positive view of multicultural policy overall.
The Focus Canada survey however noted recognition by Canadians of ongoing discrimination against `visible minority` groups. Slightly up was the view that it was more difficult for non-whites to succeed in Canada. A study by Eko Polling from March 2015 did note a rise in concern about, even opposition to immigration among "visible minorities" – the number of Canadians saying we admit too many visible minorities just passed the 40-point ceiling for the first time ever.
So back to my brief encounter. Simply put, an athlete putting his or her all in to representing this country should not be hyphenated. I hope that is not asking too much.
* I am also pleased to report that a CRRF conference on harmful cultural practices will be coming to fruition in short order.
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