Multiculturalism In Canada: The benefits of a multicultural society.

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Multiculturalism in Canada:

The Benefits of a Multicultural Society

Canada is a very interesting country, mainly due to its diversity. The weather in Canada can be both freezing and very hot. Some land is rocky and mountainous, while other places are composed of flat, rolling hills. And in Canada, you can find many different races, from Asian to Latin, African to Indian. Canada is the most multicultural country in the world, and a lot of Canada's development and success can be attributed to immigrants coming into Canada (Samuda, 1984). Yet not all people agree that multiculturalism has had only positive effects on Canada. There are some drawbacks that are due to Canada's policies on immigration and multiculturalism. However, by examining key points and facts concerning multiculturalism in Canada, it is evident that Canada's policies on multiculturalism have had mainly positive effects on Canadian society.

Canada was the very first country in the world to introduce a multicultural policy (Satzewich, 1992).

In 1969, the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism heard many ethnic spokespersons argue that Canada should adopt the idea of a "cultural mosaic", where different cultures would each contribute to Canada, making the country unified through each culture's uniqueness. This was a different concept than the United

States idea of a "melting pot", where there would be many different cultures, yet they would all have "American values", which would be the main factor that united them as a country. The Royal Commission agreed with this proposed policy, and presented it to the Government of Canada. Two years later, the policy was accepted while Pierre Elliot Trudeau was Prime Minister. In 1982, the policy became law, which helped to settle any racial and ethnic problems (Satzewich, 1992).

In 1997, the Department of Canadian Heritage restructured the federal Multicultural Program. The...