To what extent should the government protect minority rights?

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To what extent should governments protect minority rights?

Nearly every nation in the world has some form of minority groups from within it. These minority groups aren't limited to ethnicity, race or religion but can also include language, nationalities, sexual orientation, gender, economic and political groups . However the most domineering groups that seem to be asking for substantial sacrifices made on behalf of the majority of Canadian citizens safety, interests and welfare are Francophones, religious groups (Sikhism in particular) and homosexuals. Due to the Francophones rough history (FLQ crisis, separatists etc.) with the rest of the country and the government, political parties go out of their way to make promises to Quebec in hopes of preventing separation threats again. Religions such Sikhism have traditions that include carrying ceremonial daggers called "Kirpans" , however it is inappropriate to allow this small group of people to be able to go into populated areas such as court or school with such weapons when everyone else isn't allowed to have such a device.

While gay and lesbian marriages are growing more and more popular, they're also growing more and more offensive to the majority of the Canadian population has a Christian based religion . The length to which the Canadian government has gone through to protect minority rights is much too large and great for the diversity of our society.

The Canadian Government (particularly under the leadership of the Liberals ) have taken special interest in the Francophone minority, especially after separatist movements being implemented. The government tries to keep them happy by offering special deals and implementing their demands. In the province of Alberta there just fewer than 2.7 million citizens, less than one percent (52, 380) of these are Francophones . However recently the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that courts...