On Tuesday December 7, The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) hosted a panel titled, “How Will Strained Ties with China Affect Multiculturalism in Canada?”. The virtual panel was held from 4:00 – 5:15 PM (EST) and can be watched on our YouTube channel.
Recent years have witnessed a sharp downturn in relations between China and several Western countries including Canada. These political tensions, when combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, have led to an increase in anti-Asian racism. At the same time, international disputes such as the crisis in Hong Kong have highlighted divisions within Canadian ethnocultural communities, possibly posing a political and national security challenge for Canada. Will China’s rise have an adverse effect on Canada’s ability to engage in nation-building at home? And does Canada need to rethink the meaning and purpose of multiculturalism in a multipolar world?
This panel is part of IPD’s China Strategy Project.
- Stephen Marche: Novelist, essayist and cultural commentator; Author of half a dozen books, including The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men
- Akaash Maharaj: Ambassador-at-Large, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
- Teresa Woo-Paw: Former MLA & Cabinet Member, Legislative Assembly of Alberta; Chair, Canadian Race Relations Foundation
- Karen R. Mock: President, JSpace; Chair, Advisory Committee of Heart to Heart; Advisory Board Member, Canadian Anti-Hate Network
- Zachary Paikin: Research Fellow, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy; Researcher, Centre for European Policy Studies