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A man writes in books of condolences to fallen Canadian soldiers, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, during a vigil in Montreal

A fashionable opinion about Canada holds that the country is a haven of mono-cultural peace; a place for Europeans and Americans to envy in the same way as they do Australia and New Zealand. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have read a comment like the following:

“Britain is becoming a third-world dump and I’ve had enough of it. I am going to apply for a Canadian Visa. At least the Canadian government still puts its own people first.”

On the 22nd of October, this delusion took a well-deserved knock.

In a bungled act of psychotic cruelty, 32 year old Muslim convert Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed a Canadian soldier before storming the national parliament.

It’s unclear what the objectives of the attack were, but if it was to provoke shock and fear in Canadian society, its success will be rather short-lived. I say this because Canada is currently blessed with a forthright and punchy executive in the shape of Stephen Harper, and his response to the attack has been predictably resolute and inspiring.

A woman stands at makeshift memorial in honour of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo outside of The Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote Armoury in Hamilton

Nevertheless, the puncturing of the Canadian monoculture delusion is necessary and attacks like this serve only to accelerate that process. Canada, to repeat the point, is not a monoculture any more than Britain. Let’s look at some statistics…

The European (‘White’) population of Canada makes up just 76% of the total (compared to the UK at 84%). 3.2% of the Canadian population self-identify as Muslim, below the UK (4.7%), but higher than in Spain (1.9%), the United States (0.9%), Portugal (0.4%) and even Denmark (3%).

There are over 500,000 people from Muslim Arab states in the country, mostly concentrated in the larger cities, but also in smaller towns and urbanities. There are Mosques in every major population centre. According to the website Euro-Islam:

“Muslims in Canada constitute the fastest growing (national) population. The percentage of population increase from 1991 to 2001 is one of the country’s most significant: a 128.9% increase (topped only by Pagans who represent only 0.1% of the population). Statistics Canada predicts that by 2017, this population will increase by approximately 160%…”


True to form, this growth in the Muslim population has led naturally to an increase in the numbers of attempted terror attacks in Canada. According to David Frum:

“Since 2006, Canadian security has thwarted many localized plots—two in 2013 alone. At a July 1 Canada Day celebration in front of the British Columbia legislature, two Canadian-born converts to Islam intended to detonate homemade pressure-cooker bombs, police charge. Two non-citizens—one Palestinian, one Tunisian—were arrested in April 2013 for allegedly plotting to derail a passenger train.”

Canada’s level of multiculturalism therefore is more comparable to an EU state than to those in the Western hemisphere. The country to which Canada is erroneously (and often positively) compared – Australia – has a Muslim contingent of just 2.2%.

Any Englishman who believes that by deporting himself to Canada he will escape Muslim enrichment is sorely mistaken, and most likely has Canada mixed up with its southern neighbour.

But that Southern neighbour is also why all is not yet lost for our friends in the north. Unlike the UK, Canada is in the national security domain of a freedom-loving superpower. Even if the Canadian government no longer respects the concerns of its own population, perhaps the American voice will prove more convincing. The US would never allow an Islamic base on its own continent or at least not without massive resistance. If Jihadist plots against the US increasingly lead back to a Canadian source, there will be substantial pressure on Ottawa to regain its proper orientation.

Alas, the UK has no such big brother to keep us on the straight and narrow.