Moonlight Graham Posted June 17, 2021 Report Share Posted June 17, 2021 14 hours ago, Michael Hardner said: 5. Quebec has been part of Canada fir centuries now. How long until you would call this a success? 7. If you meet some of the immigrants who are making things happen, creating products and bringing new ideas, you could change your mind. 8. The world is open now, so money, people, ideas move freely between borders. Canada, has a small and traditionally risk-averse country, could advance itself very well in this new world. 5. Would you call Quebec a shining example of the success of multiculturalism that the world should admire and follow? 7. I've met and spoken to more immigrants than most people on this forum. I'm not anti-immigrant, I have no problems with them. I'm just asking questions, and heeding warnings. My warning is: we need to be very careful, and manage this multiculturalism project properly if it is to work at all, because it could easily blow up into something ugly if we're not careful. I'm not saying it can't work, i'm saying we can't have blind faith that it will no matter what. We need to UNITE as a nation as Canadians, not DIVIDE into sub-national groups opposing one another and in-fighting. You can be a Quebecois and a Canadian at the same time, but if you feel you're a Quebecois and NOT a Canadian then we have a big unity problem. We need to feel we are all a part of a family, which is Canada, and accept one another as a part of that family, no matter how different we seem in other ways. People in Texas vs New York are very different, and have pride being Texans and New Yorkers, and disagree on many issues, but they're all Americans at the end of the day. We need to build/maintain social trust together, and feel we are all apart of a nation where everyone belongs. No in-group out-group stuff. I'm not saying i'd be against a Muslim-majority city or province, I'm asking what would Canadians think? How would we react and adapt to that? 8. Yes Michael we could. But we have to manage the Canadian project in the right way in order to do very well. We have to create a national narrative where everyone is included, and everyone feels they belong and respected and feel everyone else belongs to. This is called "a nation", and ours will be called "Canada". Quebec nationalism is very strong, they're fiercely proud of who they are and extremely protective of that, and good for them! Is Quebec going to be ok with that? Will they feel they belong? How many do now? Would they be ok with tons of Muslims in Montreal, or many english speakers in Quebec City? Clearly not yet. What Quebec is doing is protecting their nation from domination or cultural extermination from non french, non Quebecois. They want to prosper as a culture, they want to control their destiny, they want to remain as a unique francophone society, and have self-determination to control that destiny as Quebecois francophones. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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