Sunday, December 03, 2006

Is Vancouver a Multicultural City?

Sunday morning I was looking for some discussions on the aftermath of the federal Liberal leadership vote yesterday. There was a good half hour of it on CBC Radio One. Then in the 10:00 - 10:30 time slot I tuned into Toronto station CFRB via the Internet. Host Kelly Cultrara had an open line of callers presenting their views of whether Stephane Dion will be an asset or detriment to the Liberals.

I called in to add my 2 cents. I mentioned that our fear out here in the West is that the Liberals could have a sock puppet as their leader and still the majority of Ontarioans would vote for them! As for the fact that Dion's command of the English language isn't great I commented that I don't think this is an issue for most people in Vancouver because we're such a multicultural city.

Ms. Cultrara thought about this and then said [paraphrasing]: "Having lived in both places, it's interesting to me that you describe Vancouver as a multicultural city. I don't think it's multicultural at all as compared to Toronto."

No one had ever challenged the multicultural nature of Vancouver before and in point of fact, I really can't disagree with her. Sure, Vancouver has large Chinese and East Indian communities but beyond that we really don't have large numbers of other cultures . . . or do we?

I'd love to hear your comments on this!

9 comments:

Ottawa Liberal said...

"I called in to add my 2 cents. I mentioned that our fear out here in the West is that the Liberals could have a sock puppet as their leader and still the majority of Ontarioans would vote for them"

And the Conservatives could have Hitler as their leader and still the majority of Westerners would for them!!

PelaLusa said...

Cheap shot, but clearly no validity - historical or otherwise - in your comment.

I would love to see a serious comment by a serious person answer this question: What scandal(s) would have to result to have the Liberals all but wiped out, as like what happened to the old Conservative party in 1993?

Anonymous said...

People who come from India, Vietnam, Korea, Phillipeans, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, France, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Kurtistan, and on and on. Do I think Vancouver is multi-cultral, Well we have no people from Mars yet, so I guess not.

Toronto may have a bigger population base in the cultral sense, but more ethnic minorities, doubt it, but then being from the southern coast of BC what the heck do I know!

I wonder if Toronto celebrates its cultral diversity like Vancouver does, now that is a question I think I will ask in my blog

Ottawa Liberal said...

"I would love to see a serious comment by a serious person answer this question: What scandal(s) would have to result to have the Liberals all but wiped out, as like what happened to the old Conservative party in 1993?"

A cheap shot? What then exactly was your comment about Ontarians and their voting habits? Even in 1993, "the West" (**cough**Alberta***cough) would not give a then-new Liberal Party that had been out of power for more than 10 years a chance; they just voted for another hard-right party (Reform), once-again demonstrating the lack of ideological diversity in that part of the country. Please remind me, how long have the PCs been in power in Alberta (talk about a one-party state) and how long were the So-Creds in power in BC? Out here, we "Eastern Bastards" never give a government more than two terms and give all party's a fair chance to prove themselves irrespective of party label. Just in Ontario, we've had Liberal, PC, and NDP governments over the past 10 years. How amazing is that?
Thank god "Eastern Bastards" are not as close minded as god's gift to this world, the Westerner, or else the Tory's surely would not have picked up 60+ seats out here.
So please tell me o' strong, independent, and courageous Westerner, why has "the West" rejected such widely-admired PM's of yesteryore as Lester Pearson, Mackenzie King, and Louis St-Laurent? Why did you never give them the chance that the East has given to Harper? Will you give Dion an opportunity to win your vote or will you reject for being "another-Quebec" Liberal? If yes, would it be alright for Easterners to reject Harper for being just another Western conservative?
Yours in liberalism,
Dev



By the way, since Vancouver votes mostly NDP and Lib, is it still a part of "the West" or not?

PelaLusa said...

Dear "OL",

You deftly bypassed my question, so I must infer that even at the old wise age of 23 that you'll forever vote Liberal, no matter what.

As for Dion, I do respect the man and will most certainly give him a chance. I've never joined a political party and never will. Your party has been the Party of Corruption for many years. I'm glad that the two "backroom" candidates didn't win. Now Dion has a chance to set a new course for his party.

Though I'll never vote for the NDP (vehmently don't agree with their views) I think Canada is much healthier democracy with two strong parties rather than just one.

Onto 2007!

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Ottawa Liberal said...

"You deftly bypassed my question, so I must infer that even at the old wise age of 23 that you'll forever vote Liberal, no matter what."

Actually, I support and will be campaigning for John Tory's PC Party here in Ontario. And I DESPISED Paul MArtin. I voted Green the last two federal elections.But I've always had a special spot in my heart for Stephane after everything what he and his family went through for standing for our country after the referendum so yes, I'll be voting Liberal as long as Dion is leader and stays true to himself.


You're obviously not gonna give Stephane a chance, you're just saying that. After all, ALL LIberals are corrupt and hate Westerners (and eat little babies).

PelaLusa said...

Dear "OL",

My mistake on assuming that you always vote Liberal no matter what. Your mistake on assuming that I won't give Stephane Dion a fair chance. You're just wrong.

nachtwache said...

Yes, Vancouver is very much multicultural!
Stephane Dion seems decent, I just don't like the liberals, the way they force their social agenda on everybody. At least they could give the people a vote on controversial issues, instead of just assuming they know whats good for us.