Kanada har länge varit symbolen för en mångkulturell politik. Men liksom andra länder tar också Kanada hela tiden steg bort från den mångkulturella modellen. Minister Jason Kennedy betonar integration framför mångkulturalism, en gemensam kanadensik identitet, språkkunskaper för att bli medborgare och en skyldighet att integrera sig som invandrare.
"Our new focus is on integration. We don't want to create a bunch of silo communities where kids grow up in a community that more resembles their parents' country of origin than Canada," explained Kenney, who is also minister of immigration and multiculturalism.
"We want people to be Canadians first and foremost - to be proud of and maintain their own tradition and heritage, but not at the price of developing their Canadian identity."
Kenney said integration must involve language and needs to ensure immigrants become familiar with Canada's history, values and institutions.
A few months ago, also in Calgary, Kenney suggested federal immigration officials should enforce rules that say immigrants who want to become Canadians be able to communicate in French or English. He said those without proper language skills should be denied citizenship.
His views don't appear to have changed.
"To quote former (British) labour prime minister Tony Blair, newcomers have a right to be different but a duty to integrate, so they have to take the initiative," he said Friday. "It also requires the hard work of newcomers. They have to respond as well and take personal responsibility in the process of integration."