Will Kymlicka - The near death of multiculturalism in Canada
2D3 (Banton Lecture Theatre) Priory Rd Complex
Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship Seminar Series
Will Kymlicka (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada)
The near death of multiculturalism in Canada
Canada is widely seen as an exception to the retreat from multiculturalism, as one of the very few countries where public opinion remains broadly supportive of high immigration and multiculturalism. Yet during both the 2014 provincial election in Quebec and the 2015 federal election, the governing party advanced proposals that contradicted core tenets of Canada’s multiculturalism framework, hoping and expecting that these proposals would help their re-election. And, for a brief moment in both elections, this strategy seemed to be working. Yet, in the end, both Quebecers and Canadians, by unexpectedly wide margins, rejected the politics of division, and elected parties committed to defending diversity. Multiculturalism has survived, for now, but this near-death experience raises important questions about the nature and limits of the Canadian experiment with multicultural citizenship.