George Jonas’ Critique of Multiculturalism This paper looks at a brief essay penned by George Jonas and explores the main argument he raises as well as the secondary arguments he raises to support his main argument; the emphasis is upon determining what is most important and what is of lesser import. Ultimately, Jonas believes that multiculturalism has encouraged various groups to remain apart from the mainstream of Canadian society and its values – and he raises many points to prove this, all of which are persuasive. To get to the heart of the matter, Jonas’s chief argument is that multiculturalism does not encourage people to embrace Canadian values – but to simply bring their old-world prejudices and assumptions to Canada: “the problem...The end:
..... an advanced, liberal, democratic society such as Canada (Jonas, 205). In the end, Jonas raises one powerful, central theme and then supports it with a number of compelling sub-arguments that all come round to one essential conclusion: a country that fetishizes multiculturalism and diversity too much also threatens to imperil its basic freedoms and allows violent groups or those with the wrong ideals to carve out a dangerous niche for themselves in society. Works Cited Jonas, George. “multicult revisited.” Great Questions of Canada, 2nd edition. Ed. Rudyard Griffiths. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2007. 193-196. Jonas, George. “Postscript.” Great Questions of Canada, 2nd edition. Ed. Rudyard Griffiths. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2007. 202-205.