"If you want to live under sharia law, go back to the hellhole country you came from"
"If you want to live under sharia law, go back to the hellhole country you came from, or go to another hellhole country that lives under sharia law," says Mahfooz Kanwar, a member of the Muslim Canadian Congress."
Mahfooz Kanwar, a member of the Muslim Canadian Congress, says he has some better ideas.
"I'd tell them, this is Canada, and in Canada, we teach music and physical education in our schools.
If you don't like it, leave.
If you want to live under sharia law, go back to the hellhole country you came from or go to another hellhole country that lives under sharia law," said Kanwar, who is a professor emeritus of sociology at Mount Royal University in Calgary.
That might be putting things a little more forcefully than most of us would be comfortable with, but Kanwar
is tired of hearing about such out-of-tune demands from newcomers to our country.
"Immigrants to Canada should adjust to Canada, not the other way around," he
, who immigrated to Canada from Pakistan via England and then the United States in 1966, says he
used to buy into the "Trudeaupian mosaic, official multiculturalism (nonsense)."
makes it clear, that like most Canadians, he
is pleased and enjoys that Canada has citizens literally from every country and corner in the world, as it has enriched this country immensely.
But it's official multiculturalism - the state policy "that entrenches the lie" that all cultures and beliefs are of equal value and of equal validity in Canada that he
"The fact is, Canada has an enviable culture based on Judeo-Christian values - not Muslim values - with British and French rule of law and traditions and that's why it's better than all of the other places in the world.
We are heading down a dangerous path if we allow the idea that sharia law has a place in Canada.
It does not.
It is completely incompatible with the idea and reality of Canada," says Kanwar, who in the 1970s was the founder and president of the Pakistan-Canada Association and a big fan of official multiculturalism.
Kanwar says his views changed when he started listening to the people who joined his group.
They badmouthed Canada, weren't interested in knowing Canadians or even in learning one of our official languages.
They created cultural ghettos and the Canadian government even helped fund it.
"One day it dawned on me that the reason all of us wanted to move here was going to disappear if we didn't start defending Canada and its fundamental values."
That's when Kanwar
started speaking out against the dangers of official multiculturalism.
has been doing so for decades.
So, it's no surprise that Kanwar is delighted with the recent speech British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered to the 47th Munich Security Conference on Feb. 5.
Kanwar actually credits German Chancellor Angela Merkel for being among the first of the world's democratic leaders to take the courageous step in October to say that official multiculturalism had "failed totally."
says for years, some "non-whites like me" have felt comfortable pointing out the failings of official multiculturalism.
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