It is fitting that during a week in which both Canada and the United States have celebrated their nationhood, that the very nature of what it means to ‘be’ a nation is our topic of discussion. Can a nation with ‘open borders’ still be considered a nation? Can a nation that has incompatible cultures within its borders still be considered a nation?
Dr. Salim Mansur, professor emeritus of political science at Western University, whose outspoken opinions on this issue are considered ‘politically incorrect,’ nevertheless offers a politically incorrect prescription that he believes would reverse the growing cultural divide created by ‘multi-culturalism’: Assimilate!
Given North America’s successful history of cultural integration and assimilation into what has been called the ‘melting pot’, Canada’s about-turn in 1967 represented a cultural regression that would undo the hard won positive results that defined its first hundred years as a true nation.