Opinion: To which Charter do we owe our allegiance: Values or Rights?

A reminder of the complex and varied identities some of us have, given mixed heritage and families, by Zara Rubin:

So while many societies around the world are perplexed or even torn apart by diversity, in Canada we celebrate and derive strength from it. This is one of the defining features of Canadian multiculturalism — and one of the many reasons I am proud to be Canadian.

I am Muslim and Jewish and when asked, “Well, which one are you?” it is Canada that has allowed me to answer, “Both.”

Vive le Canada!

Interfaith and inter-ethnic marriages, while still relatively small, continue to grow, meaning more of these interesting combinations. Some individuals and communities may feel threatened by this, as it means a weakening of their community identity and faith.

In one of my briefings on Canadian multiculturalism, I had noted the increase in intermarriage rates as a success of multiculturalism. This prompted a response from a Jewish community representative who reminded me of the sensitivity within the community regarding intermarriage, given the longer-term demographic impact. Understandable, and a reminder of competing trends, one towards a more mixed and varied series of identities, the other reinforcement of a core ethnic or religious identity.

Opinion: To which Charter do we owe our allegiance: Values or Rights?.

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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