Multiculturalism, National Unity and the Canadian Economy
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 6 Apr 1978, p. 364-378
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Multiculturalism, National Unity and the Canadian Economy


The Commonwealth as precursor of the policy of multiculturalism, and how that is so. Canada's multicultural policy as a pragmatic policy stemming from an awareness of the reality of Canada where at least 30% of the people are of neither English nor of French extraction. Implementation of the policy results in the expansion of the dimensions of human freedom. The freedom to maintain one's own language and cultural heritage. The need to create conditions under which this cultural retention is even more possible. The policy as a contribution to human understanding between the various peoples that make up the Canadian population. A unique policy. The negative terms in which this multiculturalism is sometimes perceived. Theicentral ssue of national unity and the need for national understanding. Problems with the Canadian economy. The need for new solutions. Some positive statistics about Canada's economy and society.