After decades of extraordinary successes as a multicultural society, new debates are bubbling to the surface in Canada. The contributors to this volume examine the conflict between equality rights, as embedded in the Charter, and multiculturalism as policy and practice, and ask which charter value should trump which and under what circumstances? The opening essay deliberately sharpens the conflict among religion, culture, and equality rights and proposes to shift some of the existing boundaries. Other contributors disagree strongly, arguing that this position might seek to limit freedoms in the name of justice, that the problem is badly framed, or that silence is a virtue in rebalancing norms. The contributors not only debate the analytic arguments but infuse their discussion with their personal experiences, which have shaped their perspectives on multiculturalism in Canada. This volume is a highly personal as well as strongly analytic discussion of multiculturalism in Canada today.
``The seven essays that fill this book pack more punch than you might expect. By turns the pieces are provocative, witty or frustrating -- but rarely dull''- Omar Majeed, Montreal Gazette, June 30, 2007
``In the midst of the debate on Canadian multiculturalism and whither it's bound comes a timely book from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ... If you have a genuine interest in the future of Canada this book is essential reading. ... If you believe the Canadian concept of multiculturalism is worth preserving. ..This book offers eight viewpoints that pave the way. ''- Ben Viccari, Canscene, August 2007
``Canada has benefited from favourable circumstances in putting in place a peaceful and prosperous multicultural society. But we have let good fortune take the place of hard thinking, and we have not sufficiently engaged in democratic discussion to do with the kind of multicultural society that we want. It is past time that we take up Janice Gross Stein's invitation to face upt to this difficult but unavoidable societal challenge. ''- Daniel Marc Weinstock, Literary Review of Canada, January/February 2008