Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter
But that is how we Canadians like it, Karrie. In USA their model is the melting pot, they want everybody to blend into one cultural identity, into one American identity.
Our model is not the melting pot, but the mosaic. We encourage immigrants to keep their individual culture, their individual identity, rather than blend everything into one national identity.
As long as they donít like America, we are OK with them (just kidding).
And aren't we just the picture of outstanding social health? Gawd, I love being a perfect Canadian. I love it so much I sometimes have trouble keeping my lunch down when another perfect Canadian starts telling me just how perfect we really are. Gotta' quit watching CBC so much...it'll put bad ideas in your head.
Didn't you mention somewhere that you lived in the U.S. for a while? If so, which part? I'm not familiar with this melting pot you're talking about. I don't think I've seen it in Arizona, Texas, or California...where there is some of the best Mexican food anywhere, prepared and served up by jen-yew-wine Hispanic families - 3 generations in the one in Sand City, CA - and they didn't look the least bit "melted" to me. In fact, they even spoke Spanish right there in public! The nerve! Mind you, I've only ever been to 46 of the 50 states so perhaps I missed something there.
You might be confusing this melting pot thing with our obsession for too much government up here in peace-lovin' Canada. We seem to have to crank up the legislative machinery every time some well-intentioned do-gooder thinks someone is being trod upon because there isn't a law in place to accommodate his or her particular and unique need at the time.
You would have been fascinated by how the communities of Winnipeg used to deal with "ethnic" issues. The short answer is, they didn't. They just let people be people and the variety of ethnic communities in that city was (and maybe still is) nothing short of staggering. They had their own social clubs that used to "hop" with people having a great time. Hell, their annual Folklorama celebration is a sight to behold. Nowadays, we have lots more government involvement, laws, regulations, enforced political correctness, and a host of other wonderful things to enhance and nurture the lifestyles of all. I guess that's why we're not a "melting pot", like those nasty and rough ol' Americans down there! Sheesh...