Monarchy over multiculturalism, says Leamington mayor

Questions for the mayor: just how much do we spend on multiculturalism? Just how much do we spend on the monarchy? And are the two incompatible? And what exactly does it mean to be Canadian? Only from Scotland or Great Britain?

As the royal tour makes its way through Canada, one southwest Ontario mayor is calling on Canada to scrap its current multicultural policies and focus on ties to the monarchy.

In a Facebook post Sunday, Leamington, Ont., Mayor John Paterson responded to a post criticizing the monarchy:

wdr-Screenshot-John Paterson

The original Facebook post appears to have been deleted by the poster Dharmesh Patel. But a viewer shared a screen capture with CBC News in Windsor.

When CBC reached Patel, he said he’s not personally offended by Paterson’s comments and the two remain friends. He said he believes the money spent on hosting Prince William and Kate could be better spent elsewhere.

Patel said his parents came to Canada in the 1970s and they are proud Canadians.

Paterson stood by his Facebook comments Monday, telling CBC he welcomes new Canadians from around the world. But he expects them to conform to Canadian culture.

“If you’re going to come to Canada and swear allegiance to Canada, which includes an allegiance to the monarchy, then be Canadian, that’s all I’m saying,” Paterson said. “Don’t force us to change our ways. Come to Canada and be Canadian.”

Source: Monarchy over multiculturalism, says Leamington mayor – Windsor – CBC News

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About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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