I have read countless times that we are racist and intolerant. Many in their comments on internet forums take it for a scientific truth. You might be interesting to look at following observations.
Attitude toward immigration
In july and september of 2009, Angus Reid surveyed Quebecers and Canadians about their attitude regarding immigration. According to the survey, 55% of Ontarians think that immigration has a NEGATIVE impact on the country. Guess where Québec stands…
Hate crimes in major canadian cities
Statistics Canada reports the rate of hate crime in major canadian cities.
Montrealers should not be ashamed of their position in the list.
The B’nai Brith
The B’nai Brith publishes every year an audit of anti-semitic incidents. In the 2009 audit, one can read, on page 19 : « The majority of incidents across Canada consistently occurred in Ontario, as is typically the case. In 2009, 672 incidents (53.2% of the country total) took place in Ontario. »
You read it right : « consitently occurred in Ontario » and « typically the case ». 53,2% of cases were reported in Ontario while the population of Ontario represents, surprise, only 38% of the canandian population…
The incidents are probably to be blamed on Quebec tourists visiting Toronto…
To read the report : http://bnaibrith.ca/files/audit2009/MAINAUDITENG.pdf
Now just two historical notes :
Did you know that the Patriots, among many other things, wanted the blacks, the natives and the jews to have the same rights as any other citizens?
Did you know that the first jew to be elected in any parliament of the whole british empire have been elected in Québec? The racist bigots french speakers of Trois-Rivières have elected Ezekiel Hart in 1807. Unfortunately, he was not allowed to sit at the parliament because of british laws, the contreversy caused a dissolution of the house and the voters in Trois-Rivières reelected him in 1808, he was still not allowed to sit in the house because of the same racist bristish law. He gave up. ( http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezekiel_Hart ) But this is the past…
The underrepresentation of visible minorities at the National Assembly
There are now (2008, I believe) six representants of visible minorities in the Québec National Assembly. Four are liberal: Ms. James, M. Dubourg as well as Ms. Fatima Houda-Pépin and M. Sam Hamad, both of Middle Eastern origin. The PQ now has two “visible” MNAs: M. Kotto and Alexis Wawanolath, a native.
6 MNAs out of 125 means 4,8% of the seats in the National Assembly are held by visible minorities. The 2006 census tells they are 8,8% of the population. That’s a significant underrepresentation.
One might be surprised to know that a look at the Ontario Legislative Assembly’s website led us to identify 10 representants of visible minorities in the Ontario Legislative Assembly. 10 MLA’s out of 107 is 9,3% of the seats. But the visible minority population of Ontario, again according to the 2006 census, is 22%! Surprising. The underrepresentation is worse in Ontario.
Would you be surprised to learn that the first black MNA in Québec was member of the Parti Québécois? Jean Alfred, born in Haïti, was elected in 1976 in the Papineau riding. Ms. Yolande James, the first black liberal candidate was elected in 2004. (Some will probably say that M. Alfred, although elected as member of the national assembly, has never been cabinet minister unlike Ms James. That must be because the PQ is racist…)