In their view, the liberal and left-leaning Canadian intelligentsia is wracked by guilt and contempt for their own intellectual heritage and they do all they can to stand up for radical Islamists whose agendas are more closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood than to Canadian freedoms.And here's another article that speaks about a similar trend. Somehow, bending backwards and trying to airbrush Canada from its history did not strengthen the cause of Canadian unity; rather the opposite:
They, on other hand, the “good-looking” Muslims whom the mainstream media generally ignore, stand with John Stuart Mill in upholding individual freedom and traditional values associated with an earlier Canada.
So spoke Tarek Fatah and Salim Mansur at a recent lunchtime lecture at the offices of the Ontario Bar Association, sponsored by the Speakers Action Group and the Canadian Jewish Civil Rights Association, and in interviews with The CJN.
As thinkers such as George Grant and Charles Taylor have correctly observed, an English-Canadian political culture weakened by the denial of its own unique history has contributed to, rather than eased, French Canadians’ worries that the rest of Canada is still committed to building a bicultural society along non-republican and non-assimilative lines.So maybe it is the time to go back to basics and start encouraging unity rather than self-isolation and ghettoization?
Obscuring Canada’s colonial past has also made it more difficult for an increasingly diverse country to forge those essential bonds of citizenship and community that all nations depend upon. Newcomers to Canada, if they are exposed to Canadian history and civics at all, are fed a watered-down version that focuses on the country’s recent past — primarily post-Second-World-War history — and the rights and privileges of citizenship.
To this day the history of Canada as told through provincial history curricula and in much of our popular culture remains bereft of the unifying and inspiring civics lessons that past generations derived from the stories associated with the country’s journey from colony to nation-state: its military triumphs, its struggle for democracy and its bicultural foundations.