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Beware the side-effects of cultural sensitivity, it can provide ammunition for Trump-types

By Angelo Persichilli      

Cultural sensitivity is not a well-defined set of rules. It is our willingness to learn from each other and apply the results to our daily lives. If we do a better job explaining this, Donald Trump will soon be back to constructing buildings, not walls.

Immigration Minister John McCallum was right when, reacting to an auditor general's report, he admitted there were problems with immigration fraud but warned not to interpret this as an indictment against Immigration and immigrants, writes Angelo Persichilli. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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TORONTO—It is called “cultural sensitivity,” but be careful; while it is easy to sell the label, it is difficult to use the product. It's this difficulty that turns demagogues like Donald Trump into fake leaders and creates opportunities for confrontation. Last week, Canada's Immigration Department was accused of cultural bias after rejecting a spousal sponsorship because the husband, living in Canada, was younger than his Bangladeshi wife. “The officer had this old idea of cultural norms and based the assessment

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