Multicultural pot might not be working for Canada
“[Canadian] government representatives have commented that they felt people around the world understood what it meant to be ‘American,’ but that Canada lacked a similar sense of identity, making it more difficult to create a feeling of one unified society in Canada – and hence creating greater susceptibility to radicalization,” reads the cable, signed by the deputy chief of the U.S. mission in Canada, Terry Breese.
The diplomatic cable, sent to the State Department, the CIA and the Homeland Security Department, also cast doubt on the success of Canada’s efforts to counter radicalization.
The cable said children of non-European immigrants may be more prone to radicalize than their parents if they don’t “buy into a Canadian identity.”
“The jury is still out on whether Canada’s escape so far from any terrorist attacks or a serious problem with radicalization of Muslim communities is due to proactive and concerted efforts by Canadian agencies and NGOs, or despite them,” the cable said.
“One way or another, Canada will never have the luxury of relaxing its counter-radicalization efforts abroad or at home, at least for the foreseeable future.”