Canada rates high in tol­er­ance

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: We have to stop tol­er­at­ing in­tol­er­ance (June 23)

Howard El­liott’s editorial on in­tol­er­ance brings to mind a pe­riod when we were pro­cess­ing some 25,000 refugees. By now we have wel­comed more than 40,000

A very telling graph il­lus­trated to­tal ter­ror­ists com­pared to Mus­lims. A small dot in a large cir­cle. Mul­ti­plied by 10, still less than 0.1 per cent of all Mus­lims.

Add the nu­mer­ous UN and Canadian checks that each ad­mit­ted refugee had to pass and it seemed hard to un­der­stand why so many Cana­di­ans had so many con­cerns. Then again, in­tol­er­ance and facts sel­dom go to­gether. Let’s com­mend the many church, ser­vice and other groups as well as the nu­mer­ous in­di­vid­u­als who are mak­ing Canada proud in the world. Through their hard work, of­ten un­der chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, they con­tinue to prove that we are a tol­er­ant and in­clu­sive coun­try.

As we cel­e­brate our 150th, a 2017 an­nual U.S.-based sur­vey of some 128 coun­tries us­ing 50 in­di­ca­tors is en­cour­ag­ing. Over­all we are ranked No. 6 in a Global So­cial Progress In­dex. Right up there with the Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries. In fact we beat Swe­den at No. 8 (ex­pected in hockey but not in this con­text).

We are in the first tier, the U.S. in the sec­ond at No. 18. That coun­try has sub­stan­tially slipped, es­pe­cially with the tol­er­ance and in­clu­sive in­di­ca­tor.

There is still work to be done in Canada as our over­all rank­ing is 90 per cent, some eight per cent higher than our tol­er­ance score. Richard Ring, Grimsby

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