A is a nation of immigrants, Canada does not have an immigrant backlash.
Foreign-born Canadians – always have been a large proportion of our total population.
It has ranged from 15 to 20 per cent since Canada was founded.
But not so in the United States.
In the U.S. immigrants never exceeded 15 per cent of the population.
And that figure has been true since the 1850s.
So that being the case why are Canadians much more tolerant of immigrants, whereas in the United States it has become a political lightning rod?
Canada is not subject to the frequent, massive political backlashes that take place in the U.S.
And this is especially true under the President Trump, who leads the charge on anti-immigration with fiery rhetoric and hateful speeches and innuendos.
And the irony in all of this that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants.
Canadians are pretty tolerant of immigrants, despite various nationalistic anti-immigrant groups gaining the public spotlight every once in a while.
And despite members of the Progressive Conservative party making subtle anti-immigrant remarks and speeches.
“The world is burning with the fires of illiberal populism. The flames take on different shapes in different nations. There is Trump’s lurid xenophobia in America, Brexit in Britain, a right-wing government in Poland, a “People’s Party” smoldering in both Denmark and Austria, Marine le Pen’s Front National in France, Geert Wilders’s blond beastliness in the Netherlands, and the Kultur-warriors of Germany’s “Alternative für Deutschland.
“But in the Canadian wilderness, the fire isn’t catching yet.”