When Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada came to London last year he addressed the subject of diversity in his country. In recent years, immigration has been a polemic issue in politics with many adopting attitudes of hostility and negativity. Trudeau’s speech conveyed Canada’s open and accepting attitude towards immigration; diversity, after all, is Canada’s strength.
For Canada, diversity is “not a challenge to be overcome or a difficulty to be tolerated. Rather, it’s a tremendous source of strength”. This is evident throughout their politics with the passing of the Multiculturalism Act (1988) and the Official Languages Act (1972).
Taking a Leaf Out Of Canada’s Books
In the wake of the Brexit mess, it would do Britain a great deal of good to take a leaf out of Canada’s books and give up the hostility. Britain, like Canada, has prospered due to its multiculturalism and it is about time we get off our high horses and accept that.