CBC Says It Like It’s A Bad Thing: Canadian citizenship test turns focus away from multiculturalism

Some researchers say it’s taking longer than ever for people to get Canadian citizenship and that applicants are being reminded they should know about certain values in Canadian society.

A Montreal-based think-tank took a closer look at new government policies and found the citizenship study guide seems to play up Canada’s colonial past, with less of a focus on multiculturalism.

For example, the guide, studied before the citizenship test, says it’s a noble gesture to volunteer for the military and that “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices” that adversely affect women.

Only the CBC could take this horseshit seriously….

“This study by Elke Winter reviews these changes and evaluates them against the backdrop of international debates on naturalization and citizenship. These debates involve the question of whether the changes are to be interpreted as a liberalization of citizenship or as a “renationalization,” where nation-specific definitions of citizenship are dominant. According to Winter’s analysis, if we accept that these opposing poles are in tension, Canada’s naturalization regime seems to be moving toward renationalization.

At a practical level, the naturalization process has become longer and much more cumbersome over the past decade. This has particularly affected the less educated and those whose mother tongue is neither English nor French. Naturalization rates nevertheless remain high by international standards.

At the level of discourse, Winter observes that there has been a potentially troublesome shift in how Canadian citizenship is presented. In her view, depicting prospective citizens as fraudulent and mischievous can fan insecurity and distrust in the population. This holds true for singling out specific religions and cultures as potentially less adaptable than others. She also raises concerns about the increased emphasis — in the citizenship guide and elsewhere — on Canada’s military history, British traditions and the monarchy. In her view, this runs counter to the ethos of multiculturalism, which replaced the dominant ideology of conformity to Anglophone norms around 40 years ago. Winter concludes that we should monitor these developments, not least because they convey messages that may be counterproductive to the successful integration of immigrants from diverse backgrounds.”

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