Canada is just one of two nations in the world with constitutional multiculturalism, the other being Australia. Within both nations, it is apparent the true impact of multicultural policy is largely unrecognized by the general public.
It is also apparent that in Canada, our government prefers it this way. After all, when a political decision is made without public approval to alter a nation’s destiny, government leaders may consider it best to keep their voters in the dark about it. In the meantime, multiculturalism’s brief history in Canada has impacted just about every facet of society- politics, finance, religion, as well as our educational institutions.
Few are likely aware of the details: a proposal by Asia Pacific Foundation for Chinese language to be taught throughout Canada’s entire public school system, the China-funded Confucius Institute’s presence and expulsion from the Toronto District School Board, and a host of other examples.
One of the more controversial situations is to be found on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Within their History department, Professor Henry S. Yu teaches a virulent brand of prejudice against an identifiable ethnic community- white Canadians. Dr. Yu tells us that B.C. has a “history of white supremacy not unlike South Africa.” Rather ironic, as the UBC student body is 34% Asian, 31% white, and 1% Aboriginal.
There is little doubt Dr. Yu’s teachings are contrary to UBC’s existing policy on discrimination, yet the professor is permitted to advance his racially-oriented teachings. If the tables were turned, and a professor- any professor, regardless of ethnicity- was advocating racial prejudice toward our so-called minority communities, no doubt they would be disciplined, and likely removed from their teaching position. As it happens, Dr. Yu has received well over a million dollars in grant money while teaching at UBC. Such is the hypocritical nature of multiculturalism within Canada’s education system.
China’s government presence within our schools is not a new phenomenon. In fact, China’s Ministry of Education has been funding our schools for over one hundred years, going back to the original Chinese Public School of Victoria B.C., in the early 20th century. Even at that time, diplomats from the Education Ministry were visiting the school on an annual basis to hand out awards and scholarships. Moving forward a few decades, when Mao Tse Tung ushered in his “Silent Revolution” in 1949, it wasn’t long before communist ideology began to gain a foot hold on Canadian campuses.
In fact, the revolution never really stopped. Rather, it simply went quiet, and expanded to nations such as Canada. What is the driving force? Money…lots of it, tens of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions. No one really knows for certain.
Ever noticed how Canada’s school system, both public and private, grade school and university-level, is perpetually short of cash? Apart from a few of our education ministers and school board trustees, no one seems to know why. Regardless of tax increases- in particular a giant boost in municipal property tax income, due to thousands of Vancouver home tear downs annually, there never seems to be any money to provide to our schools. Therefore, we must source the cash from outside the country. Our kids depend on it. Our school boards and teachers depend on it. We need money, so it’s off to China for Christy Clark, Teresa Wat and the B.C. Liberals. We need students, so it’s off to Beijing for UBC President Arvind Gupta and SFU’s Andrew Petter.
In 2014, UBC opened their Vantage College campus, a “new destination for international students”. We are not sure who is permitted to attend, but we know who is not permitted to attend- Canadians! Vantage College is for international students ONLY- no Canadians allowed. One would hope they offer courses in the History of Surrealism, for there is nothing more surreal than the admissions policy of this anti-Canadian college.
Canada’s growing reliance on foreign money and students is fundamentally altering the nature of education in our country. Our universities have transitioned from educating Canadian-born students to a system to educate non-Canadians, new immigrants, foreign students, and if there are a few extra desks available, some Canadian students.
Much of this has been facilitated through our government’s long term relationship with China’s Education Ministry, in the form of an existing six hundred and fifty educational contracts. Yet, even under these circumstances, China’s Minister of Education recently announced that “no western culture influence” will be tolerated within China’s universities. In Canada, just about every major university includes a well-funded, politically-oriented department of Chinese studies.
Take University of Alberta, for example. In 2005, the Alberta provincial government gave the university $37 million to open their “China Institute.” At St. Mary’s University in Halifax, N.S., the Confucius Institute opened shop in 2014, despite the fact that the organization has been tossed out of half a dozen North American universities, as well as by the Toronto District School Board. The incompatibilities are so all-pervasive that even the Education Ministry in China admitted the organization has an agenda to infiltrate North American campuses with communist ideology. Obviously, some of our schools have trouble learning their lessons- BCIT in Vancouver, University of Carlton, University of Guelph- over a dozen Confucius Institute locations still exist within Canada’s school system.
Partnerships, signed contracts, foreign student-only facilities, China’s culture, language and political ideology- backed by millions upon millions of dollars, or renminbi, to use the term found at Canada’s new Asian currency hub in Ontario, the first of its kind outside of China.
This brings us to a simple question: why? What is the reason for our educational embrace and reliance on one particular foreign nation? Is it simply the almighty dollar? Perhaps, however within a nation as inundated with Asian immigration, languages and multicultural ideology as Canada, perhaps there is more to the picture than just funding levels.
The facts are, Canada’s history reveals little enthusiasm for communist presence and ideology. We didn’t embrace the Russian “cold war” communism of the 1950’s, nor any other historical example. In fact, in the past our government took protective measures regarding the preservation of Canadian identity, whether threatened by foreign political ideology or the American mass consumerism of the 1970’s.
What changed? Why would a sovereign, democratic nation like Canada make such a profound ideological shift? Certainly the Canadian public never asked for such a thing. The answer, however, is to be found in the entrenchment of the Multicultural Act into our constitution in 1988.
To put it plainly, this was the beginning of the end of our cultural independence, and the birth of dependence on foreign nations. Nowhere is this better exemplified than within our institutions of higher learning. What exactly are these students learning? At UBC, they are learning that white Canadians are an oppressive bunch who dislike all other races. Over at McGill, students learn how to denigrate and condemn those who built our country. Sir John A. MacDonald is not the founder of a great democracy; he is a drunk and a racist.
What other nations of the world have arrived at a point in history whereby their collective goal is to erode their own traditions, heritage, culture, religious institutions, official languages, and the ethnicity of the majority of their citizens? The answer: NONE. Pourquoi? Because none of them (save Australia) have a policy of official multiculturalism.
Canada, however, is a marked nation. It is marked for cultural demise, and multicultural policy is the vehicle to make it happen. Decades of mass immigration, loss of control of migrant source countries, political correctness, media propaganda, reverse-racism, government-lobbying interest groups, political pandering for the ethnic vote, and of course, the Canadian academic world. All play a role, and collectively they are reducing Canadians to little more than a powerless, silent majority.
Wary of losing their jobs, fearful of their reputations, afraid of accusations of racism, the majority of Canadians- in particular city-dwellers(for the present)- simply grin and bear it. Perhaps some actually believe our government knows what it is doing.
Our country has changed. Education in Canada has changed. What was once an honest attempt to educate our youth is today a globalist industry. Educational priority goes not to the children of Canadians, but to those with the most money, regardless of nationality. It is also a numbers game- the formula being: numbers + money = success. Both the numbers, and the money, are to be found in Asia.
For how long will Canadians tolerate this? Forever possibly, or at least until Canada is unrecognizable as a democratic, western nation. Meanwhile, back in China, the government has sponsored a decade long policy of culture retention and academic exclusion of foreign influence, to the tune of hundreds of millions of renminbi (dollars).
The fact is, while multiculturalism is fundamentally changing Canadian society, multicultural policy has not changed one iota. The statute is a mere twenty-five years old, yet our nation has changed so fast since its inception, the policy is already out-of-date. The original intention lost, today the policy functions as little more than a tool to undermine Canada’s traditional English and French heritage.
Just in the past month, UBC President Arvind Gupta flew to China, where a funding agreement in the millions, as well as eight educational partnerships contracts with Chinese Universities were signed.
Until the true implications of multicultural policy are brought out into the clear Canadian daylight for discussion and review, our academic world, along with its foreign partners and local pro-multicultural pundits, will continue to lead Canada down a pathway to its cultural demise.
Originally posted at ACT! for Canada