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Multiculturalism in Canada
Islamophobia may be on the rise in the US, but has Canada set a different example by electing its first Muslim mayor?
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2010 15:39 GMT



With Islamophobia on the rise in the US and Europe, has Canada set a different example by electing that country's first ever Muslim mayor?

Thirty-eight-year-old Naheed Nenshi, a Harvard-educated professor of Indian descent, won in the western city of Calgary, considered to be Canada's conservative bastion.

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Many say his victory is a testament to the country's commitment to multiculturalism that encourages immigrants to both preserve their ethnic roots and embrace their Canadian identity.

But critics say the multicultural model actually makes it tougher - not easier - for new Canadians to integrate into mainstream society.

On Thursday, we will be discussing these issues with Mayor Nenshi as well as writer and activist Tarek Fatah, who believes multiculturalism has been a stumbling block for immigrants in Canada.

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