Conservative MP’s “radical multiculturalism” hits a nerve

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Conservative MP Maxime Bernier lost out to Andrew Scheer who went on to assume leadership of the federal Conservative party, but this week, it was the runner-up making the headlines by taking on diversity, a sacred cow in Canada. He deplored the very idea of “radical multiculturalism. In a series of tweets published late Sunday, Bernier says he believes promoting too much diversity could have the effect of dividing Canada into ‘little tribes’ that cause division and erode Canada’s identity.

He says he fears too much diversity will destroy what has made Canada a great country.

Since the 2015 election campaign, Trudeau has championed diversity as a key feature of what makes Canada strong and has never failed to repeat it at any given opportunity.

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This morning, Bernier has posted two more tweets clarifying that he is not against diversity in Canada, but rather “pushing for ever more of it.” On that count, Bernier may have plenty of supporters, many of whom believe that this could be the case of too much of a good thing.

Bernier, who narrowly lost the leadership of the Conservative party last year, has been a vocal critic not only of the Trudeau government but of his own party’s position on supply management and was stripped of his role as an opposition critic in June.

In his latest tweet, Bernier says, “Something infinitely diverse has no core identity and ceases to exist.”

Another quote that is worth debating is this: “Having people live among us who reject basic Western values such as freedom, equality, tolerance and openness doesn’t make us strong. People who refuse to integrate into our society and want to live apart in their ghetto don’t make our society strong,” Bernier tweeted.

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Meanwhile also eager to get back into news headlines, Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai, who was parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs in Stephen Harper’s government, on Monday weighed in with a tweet: “Diversity has brought strength to Canada. Canada gains from this strength Focusing on few individuals/groups who may reject our values of as enshrined in our chapter of rights are not the strength of diversity. As a conservative MP of diverse background our party is about the big blue tent that I advocated during the leadership race. The Conservatives movement is very attractive to all Canadians That’s where our focus should be “as PS (parliamentary secretary) of foreign affairs I travelled all over the world. It was an honour. The reaction of many, when I said I was representing Canada, was to quote Sultan of Brunei ‘you are not white’ Canadian diversity must be celebrated.”

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Merely slamming these comments as racist and out of touch would be a lazy form of opposition. If anything, it is a sentiment that is held by millions in the western world. It is a strong enough sentiment that has seen the formation of right-wing anti-immigrant governments that are curbing what they see as too much multiculturalism. -CINEWS

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