Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the example of Italian grandmothers in Montreal to explain Thursday why Canadians shouldn’t be “overly impatient” with the integration of newcomers.
Being fearful of immigrants is “nothing new” in Canada and around the world, he said, adding that Italians and Greeks settling in Montreal in the 1950s faced similar kinds of discrimination as do Muslims and other immigrants today.
“The first generation is always going to have challenges in integrating,” Trudeau said during a panel discussion with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
“There are districts (in Montreal) where Italian grandmothers still pretty much only speak Italian and don’t speak that much French or English. But their kids and grandkids are seamlessly and completely integrated into Montreal and the only difference is they tend to be trilingual and not just bilingual.”
The prime minister was taking part in a day-long conference hosted by Canada 2020, which describes itself as a progressive think-tank.
All PM Hair-Boy has shown is how little most immigrants integrate and how integration is not expected of them, allowing them to balkanise major urban centres.
Not that he cares as he has shown little empathy or knowledge of how the average Canadian feels. No doubt, he has been warned by his handlers that his immigration policies are not working.
New Brunswick has managed to keep roughly 95 per cent of the Syrian refugees that settled in the province earlier this year but more work needs to be done on making sure the remainder stay in their new communities, according to two officials.
Both Mike Timani, the president of the New Brunswick Multicultural Association, and Alex LeBlanc, the group’s executive director, say it is common that some refugees will decide to leave a province after they have settled.
They were responding to concerns that Syrian refugee families were leaving New Brunswick to settle in larger centres across Canada.
The New Brunswick Multicultural Association says roughly five per cent of Syrian refugee families have left the province.