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An Open-Minded Country...

Activity 1
WB p. 5

An Open-Minded Country...

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Workbook p. 5

Celebrating Canada’s Culture of Accommodation
Is Canada the most tolerant place in the world because Canadians are more enlightened than others? The answer is no. Accidents of geography and history account for our blessings.

[...] I do believe that Canada can make an honest claim to being the most open-minded and open-hearted place on earth. For two decades now, a land once occupied by descendants of European settlers has been importing just under 1 per cent of its population annually – 258,000 in 2012, more than five million in total – with most new arrivals coming from Asia and the Pacific. No other country on earth has done such a thing. No country brings in as many immigrants as we do, on a per capita basis, from as many different places. And we all get along with each other amazingly well.

Many developed countries have a pro-immigration party and an anti-immigration party. In Canada, each of the national parties claims to be more pro-immigrant than the other two. [...] Our tolerance goes beyond race. Not only was Canada among the first countries to legalize gay marriage, Ontario just elected Canada’s first lesbian first minister. Far more important, Kathleen Wynne’s sexuality wasn’t an issue in the election. [...]

So how did we get this way? We lucked out. Canada is bordered by three oceans. We are very, very far away from anywhere except the United States. [...] It’s easier to be tolerant when you don’t have millions of people next door, desperate to get in, as the United States and Europe do.

We are as lucky in our cultural geography as we are in our physical. Canada was originally a union of French and English [...]. Multiculturalism is the greatest gift of our Constitution.

“Celebrating Canada’s Culture of Accommodation”, John Ibbitson, Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2014.


List the examples of Canadians’ open-mindedness given in the text.

Explain the last sentence of the text. What does it imply?

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Pick out the figures in the text. Explain what they refer to.

How does the author explain the number of immigrants in Canada?

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Let's talk this out!

Share your findings with your classmates.

According to this text, what makes Canada the world’s most tolerant country?

What is the author’s tone in the text? Why? Is he objective?

Useful vocabulary: The author means that… In other words… Canada happens to be… It is mere luck that... Not only is Canada… but also...

You’ve decided to get a job in Canada. Write a cover letter to register for a job fair, explaining why you’ve chosen Canada to start your career and what you expect to experience there.
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On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 1

Interview with a naturalized Canadian Citizen

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

You are a journalist or a naturalized Canadian citizen. Act out an interview about what it means to be Canadian.

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