– David Cameron har fullstendig rett når han sier at britisk multikultur har mislyktes. Det vil Canadas også gjøre, mener forfatter og grunnlegger av den liberale organisasjonen Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC), Tarek Fatah.
Akkurat som Storbritannia har Canada vært for tolerant når det gjelder å tillate muslimske innvandrere å etablere seg i lukkede miljøer, hvorav noen preker islamske verdier og hat mot Vesten, sier Fatah:
– Den canadiske multikulturelle modellen har mislyktes, akkurat som den britiske har. Når første generasjon (muslimer) er mer lojale til Canada enn andre generasjon har vi tilstrekkelig bevis for å si at multikulturalisme har feilet, fortsetter han.
Citing the Toronto 18 terrorist plot as an example of the extremism that can result from ethnic isolation, Fatah said he hoped Canada can “pick up on” the points Cameron made in a controversial speech on Saturday.
While speaking at a security conference in Germany, Cameron called for an end to Britain’s “passive tolerance” of divided ethnic communities. He also said beefing up was needed in the prevention of extremism.
Fatah said Canada’s Liberal and Conservative governments push a tolerant, passive form of multiculturalism as a way of preserving votes.
“The newcomer finds solace in his or her own community,” said Fatah, “and when there is states-sponsored multiculturalism, there are people who make money out of the marginalization of these people.”
Multiculturalism in Canada hasn’t failed, countered Bernie Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress. But pockets of younger immigrants — particularly Muslims — have been slow to integrate into a Canadian way of life.
“(They) are not moving forward as quickly as we did in generations past,” said Farber. “You can have a large population of Muslims living in one area, and they have not yet seemed to be able to break out entirely from that one area and become part of the Canadian fabric.”