tisdag 15 mars 2011

Här går gränsen för den kanadensiska mångkulturalismen

Kanada har uppdaterat Discover Canada, boken som ligger till grund för landets medborgarskapstest. Den uppdaterade upplagan är tydlig med att den kanadensiska mångkulturalismen har sina gränser.

Discover Canada is the official study guide for the citizenship test. The test is used to assess whether or not citizenship applicants meet the knowledge of Canada requirement for citizenship meaning that the applicant can demonstrate an adequate knowledge of Canada, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

The updated study guide further strengthens its content on common Canadian values such as freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law and the equality of men and women. It promotes to immigrants and Canadian citizens alike a greater understanding of Canada’s history, values, symbols and important Canadian institutions, such as Parliament and the Crown. It also highlights the contribution of ethnic and cultural communities in shaping our Canadian identity and the sacrifices made by Canada’s veterans for our country.

Det mest kontroversiella i guiden verkar vara att ordet barbariskt används för att beskriva vissa oacceptabla handlingar.

On Monday, the federal government updated its Discover Canada guide, a pamphlet given to new immigrants to help explain life in Canada and prepare them for the citizenship test.

Among other things, it tells new Canadians that gay marriage is OK and forced marriages are not.

But the guide also says: "Canada's openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, 'honour killings,' female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence."

"Those guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada's criminal laws," it reads.

"There's nothing that the word 'barbaric' achieves that the words 'absolutely unacceptable' would not have achieved," Trudeau, the Liberal immigration critic, said.

But Immigration Minister Jason Kenney fired back Monday, accusing the Liberals of choosing political correctness over women's rights.

"Despite Trudeau's opposition, we make no apologies for letting immigrant women know their rights. We won't turn a blind eye to the abuse of immigrant women, even if the Ignatieff Liberals prefer we err on the side of political correctness," said Alykhan Velshi, a spokesman for Kenney.

Newcomers are also being warned in the updated guide to leave their "violent, extreme or hateful prejudices" at the door, even if they're coming from a war-torn country or conflict zone.

Announcing the changes in Vancouver Monday, Kenney said it's important to make sure newcomers to Canada understand the laws and values of the land.
(Toronto Sun)

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