As Canada continues to celebrate the arrival of Syrian refugees and talks about boosting immigration to record levels, many countries seem to be pulling away the welcome mat.
On October 17, thePanel will discuss the choices that lie ahead and how Canada can continue to stand out from the crowd as an open, diverse, and cohesive society.
Nearly a quarter of our population is foreign-born and openness to newcomers is a longstanding tradition. But, amid the erupting global immigration discourse surrounding contentious issues such as Brexit, the US Elections, and the Burkini bans, where do Canadian values lie? Are we really more tolerant and welcoming than citizens in other Western countries?
Diversity can be strength, but it can also foster fear and resentment. Finding the right balance is a challenge that Canada’s leaders must face in the coming years.
FEATURED INDUSTRY EXPERTS
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
The Honourable Senator Salma Ataullahjan
Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Committee, Senate of Canada
Fairmont Château Laurier (Adam Room), 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON
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