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Barry Boyd
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I should have swallowed the red pill.
I should have swallowed the red pill.

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Haunting and beautiful sounding

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If you do live in fear, you do not understand those that live in fear and feel oppression.

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Canada: More a Mosaic Than a Melting Pot.
Canada - a Country Built on Compromise and Inclusion
The driving force behind the founding of "The Dominion of Canada" was the fear of American annexation after the Civil War.
Our first Prime Minister, Sir John A MacDonald was a devout British Subject and intent on keeping Canada that way in spite of Britain's apathy.

He saw America as a dangerous violent culture with expansionist goals.
The only way to protect against possible invasion was to form a confederation of the existing British Colonies.

This took a great deal of compromise as each colony had its own culture and history especially Lower Canada (present day Québec).

This compromise continued into the 20th century as Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau (Current Prime Minister's father) made Canada the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy in 1071.

One motivating force was to diffuse the polarity of the French English cultures and tensions that came to a head the year before when he had to invoke the War Measures Act. (https://goo.gl/DVifw8)
Canada's identity was to expand to include not only the founding French and English cultures but to people of all all cultures who choose to call Canada their home.

"Multiculturalism ensures that all citizens can keep their identities, can take pride in their ancestry and have a sense of belonging."

That principle embedded in the the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of 1982.
The Charter itself “shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the preservation and enhancement of the multicultural heritage of Canadians.”

On July 21,1988, the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney passed the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, which formalized the government's commitment to "promote the full and equitable participation of individuals and communities of all origins in the continuing evolution and shaping of all aspects of Canadian society"

We were never a nation that shouted our patriotism from the rooftops (aside from hockey games).

We see ourselves more a mosaic of cultures than a melting pot.



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Albert Einstein When Asked About Education

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Come and get it.  With all the taxes we pay? Seems fair.  Not

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