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Diversity approach should be defended

By Chantal HÉbert      

One cannot simultaneously set Canada up as a model to the world and refuse to defend the country's approach to cultural diversity at home for fear of shattering the societal consensus that sustains it.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo, sees cultural diversity as one of the great strengths of modern-day Canada. From his perspective, the Canadian identity is a fluid work in progress, not a static feature in need of proactive measures to ensure its preservation. He thinks of it as a living tree, not a dried flower stuck between two pages of history. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—Here is a much abbreviated list of the current and former Canadian politicians who believe that when it comes to cultural diversity, Canada should be exporting its live-and-let-live model, not looking for inspiration from countries such as France that have put in place coercive measures to affirm their national identity. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sees cultural diversity as one of the great strengths of modern-day Canada. From his perspective, the Canadian identity is a fluid work in progress,

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