Im­mi­grants should aim to as­sim­i­late

Calgary Herald - - EDITORIAL -

Re: “Face-cov­er­ings ban makes sense,” Let­ter, Oct. 25.

If you look at Eng­land and the on­go­ing prob­lems in Europe, it ap­pears Que­bec has read the tea leaves and is tak­ing steps to avoid an un­ten­able sit­u­a­tion in the fu­ture.

They are, of course, not the first to do so. In 2010, France im­ple­mented a sim­i­lar law, which was up­held by the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights.

To­day, more than ever, trans­parency in pub­lic is key and fa­cial cov­er­ings of any kind negate that. So, im­mi­grants (of which I am one) should not ex­pect their adopted coun­try to amend their cus­toms and way of life to ac­com­mo­date theirs.

The an­swer lies in hav­ing as­sim­i­la­tion, and not mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, as a tar­get of im­mi­gra­tion, so that when en­gaged in past cul­tural prac­tices, im­mi­grants would do so in a way mind­ful and re­spect­ful of the ex­ist­ing laws and cus­toms of their new home. Earle Kayne, Calgary


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