School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

How did multiculturalism become so central to Canada's identity?

February 22, 2019

Keith Banting, Emeritus Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University
CBC Radio

"If you go back and look at public opinion polls on questions of "Are we admitting too many immigrants?" or "Do immigrants too often not adopt Canadian values?" up until the mid-1990s, Canadian were not enthusiastic celebrants of immigration and diversity," Professor Banting told Sunday Edition guest host Peter Armstrong.

"Strong majorities opposed then-levels of immigrants. And from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, Canadian attitudes shifted immensely, becoming much more [supportive of immigration]," he said.

Read/listen to the full interview