Entries by Rachel Décoste from 08/2012

The $100 (Bill) Question: Is Canada's Multiculturalism a Farce?

| Posted 08.17.2012 | Canada Politics

The xenophobia from the Quebec election spilled over to the rest of Canada today when it was revealed that the Bank of Canada, our country's central bank, chose to carve out all hints of diversity from its $100 bank note after heeding to discriminatory judgements from focus groups. As Canadians born with names a rural Quebec mayor cannot pronounce and with facial features unfit for a Canadian bank note, it is high time Canada acknowledge its long legacy of divisiveness and address its ugly remnants in order to move forward to the pluralistic vision of our beloved country we have yet to fully achieve.

La xénophobie qui déferle au QC et au ROC

| Posted 08.17.2012 | Canada Quebec

Le Canada est un pays qui se félicite pour son inclusion de plusieurs races et ethnies, qui aime s'appuyer fièrement sur le pilier du multiculturalisme, et qui aime fêter ses communautés culturelles d'un océan à l'autre. Les bavures de cette semaine ont fait ressortir les profondes racines de préjugés qui datent des tous débuts de la Confédération, soit l'Acte de l'Exclusion Chinoise, «l'Acte Natale» qui excluait les immigrants japonais, et les regrettables lois qui bloquaient l'immigration selon la race, notamment les Juifs.

Bank Of Canada Apology: All Talk, No Action?

| Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada Politics

After much indignation from Canadians, some who do not fit the "neutral ethnicity" the Bank of Canada's P.R. team had seemingly invented, Bank governor Mark Carney, offered a carefully worded statement this morning. Though the governor "apologizes to those who were offended," admitting that "the Bank's handling of this issue did not meet the standards Canadians," there were many points missing from the statement. The Twitterverse is abuzz about the underlying problems in Canadian society which proclaims allegiance to multiculturalism.

Why Justin Trudeau Could Save the Liberal Party

| Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Politics

Late yesterday, the rumour mill revealed that the son of Canada's influential Prime Minister was quietly drawing the guidelines of his bid to lead the Liberal Party of Canada, and perhaps to lead Canada back to the values of equality, integrity, multiculturalism and federal unity that his famous father stood for so many moons ago.

Jean-François Lisée: Viser l'immigration préférentielle selon l'ethnie?

| Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Quebec

Jean-François Lisée, candidat vedette du Parti Québécois, s'est inscrit à la même doctrine que son chef, Pauline Marois, hier quand il a divulgué à l'antenne de 98,5 FM que le PQ s'est donné l'objectif de «maintenir une majorité de francophones de langue première sur l'île de Montréal.» selon le Champion du Fait Français, l'immigrant de Bordeaux parle français en famille, ce qui fait de lui un immigrant privilégié par rapport à la personne francophone de Shanghai désireuse de venir s'installer dans la Belle Province.