In his recent opinion letter published by the English language newspaper in Canada, The Globe and Mail, Senator Leo Housakos said he supports the integration of all ethnic groups and condemned policies profiling Canadian citizens based on their racial backgrounds as insulting.
Housakos said he advocates a change in the past strategies of politically exploiting and gaining votes from particular ethnic groups across the country. “Our policy of multiculturalism is outdated and doesn’t respond to the challenges faced by new immigrants to integrate and adapt. Multiculturalism insults our status as Canadians,” he said.
Housakos referred to the personal experiences of his parents who migrated to Canada in the 1950’s and were neither of French nor British origin. He said the century-long policy first introduced by the Liberals resulted in creating various profiles of Canadians based on their race, color and religion and hyphenated ethnic descriptions, such as Greek-Canadian etc.
“Canada is a bilingual, multicultural and multi-faith society but one made of equal citizens. We should replace multiculturalism with a policy of integration. We should find ways to help newcomers settle in Canada and assume their responsibilities as citizens. We should be more rigid in expecting new Canadians to share a commitment to uphold our fundamental liberties, to respect the rule of law and to respect human rights” wrote Housakos.