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    Michael Ignatieff and the Canadian Non-White Rights Revolution

    by Ricardo Duchesne We are constantly told Canada has a “distinctive” multicultural identity in the world. The constitutional recognition of multiculturalism as a “Canadian value” in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982), and the announcement in the Canadian Multiculturalism Act of 1988 that the “preservation and enhancement of multiculturalism” is a vital objective of the government, are regularly invoked as legally enacted expressions of this “distinctively Canadian” identity. It is an identity our current elites have promoted intensively since the 1980s, and which many have embraced as a solution to the much talked about ambivalence Canadians have about their identity in the face of the American nation to the…