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Department
Political Science
Course
POL214Y1
Professor
Nelson Wiseman
Semester
Fall

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Potential exam question America and Canada are forced friends be able to write an essay about Canadian and American relations economics defence culture etc based on last lecture POL214Y1 thMarch 12 2012 1 Language of Diversity Diversity is relatively new term in political science The term was created to substitute term minority groups which has been found to be racist Diversity can be racial sexual Racial diversity is about skin colour There is also physical diversity disabled or there is cultural diversity which includes language culture ethnicity origin Terms like Black Negro AfricanAmerican come and go some terms can be misleading like the idea of calling a black person escaping African an AfricanAmericanEven in Canada the constitution now uses term Aboriginals including Manitoba Constitution used term halfbreeds instead of Metis Inuit etc but it was changed because halfbreeds is purgatorySame with crippled or retarded these terms has been changed to disabled mentally challenged The descriptive provided do not classify people with their financial status There are two metaphors to describe the societies of US and Canada USA is melting potequality of all members while Canada is a mosaic because it recognizes uniqueness of individuals Today many would say that Canada is as much of a melting pot is as USA and same thing for USA to be mosaic like Canada The idea behind a melting pot is that in USA newcomers have to assimilate while in Canadas mosaic you do not have to assimilate because your uniqueness is recognized Vertical mosaic also tittle of a book groups are not equal in Canada in 50s and 60s at the top of vertical Mosaic is a small elite of AngloSaxon men2 What is multiculturalism 5 1 Canadian policy supports multiculturalism Canada is the first country in the world which adopted policy of multiculturalism Trudeau introduced this to House of Commons Its individual rights and recognition of cultures and governments support and even funding2 Empirical reality a fact of life whether you like the policy or not Canada is multicultural3 Resource the charter in sec 27 Canadas multicultural heritage you can use this as your resource in a court case ie this was used in the case against closing stores on SundayMulticulturalism helps in expanding trade ie to expand Canadian and Indian trade you take the CanadianIndian businessmen who are fluent in both languages4 Value its good that society is multicultural and not unicultural because it improves quality of life for all the people
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