The Near Death of Multiculturalism in Canada

The Near Death of Multiculturalism in Canada
Speaker: Will Kymlicka # Queen's University, Kingston
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5th Feb 2016 15:00 - 5th Feb 2016 16:30
Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square

Will Kymlicka assesses the recent experience of multiculturalism in Canada.

Canada is widely seen as an exception to the retreat from multiculturalism, as one of the very few countries where public opinion remains broadly supportive of high immigration and multiculturalism. Yet during both the 2014 provincial election in Quebec and the 2015 federal election, the governing party advanced proposals that contradicted core tenets of Canada’s multiculturalism framework, hoping and expecting that these proposals would help their re-election. And, for a brief moment in both elections, this strategy seemed to be working. Yet, in the end, both Quebecers and Canadians, by unexpectedly wide margins, rejected the politics of division, and elected parties committed to defending diversity. Multiculturalism has survived, for now, but this near-death experience raises important questions about the nature and limits of the Canadian experiment with multicultural citizenship.

The event will be followed by a reception in 6th Floor Staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square

5pm – 7.15pm