Toronto A “Multicultural Paradise”? What Was Cato`s Wilkinson Smoking?

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Since the CATO Institute`s Will
Wilkinson [Email
]is a marijuana devotee ("I
Smoke Pot, and I Like It
), Torontonians might
be forgiven for wondering what was smoking when he

The Immigration Fallacy
The Week`s
April 27 edition.

Wilkinson`s thesis is that Toronto—"a peaceable multicultural paradise"—stands as a ready reproof to
hicks (including that known

Samuel Huntington,
who Wilkinson elsewhere dismisses

as "full of it"

John O`Sullivan,
urbane editor of
National Review
until William F. Buckley`s 1998 purge of immigration

"The Immigration
, Wilkinson declares at the outset:

"Here is what Toronto is not:
Toronto is not dirty, dangerous, or poor. Toronto is not
a hell of

lost liberties
or a babble of

cultural incoherence
or a ruin of failed
institutions. Yet a popular argument against high levels
of immigration suggests it should be."

As someone who`s lived in Toronto
for over twenty years (and is now dying to leave), I
could spend the next 700 words just fisking Wilkinson`s
first sentence.

  • Toronto`s "not

Wilkinson must be recalling those
old anecdotes about

Hollywood film crews littering Toronto`s streets t
make them look more like New York`s. The Big Apple`s
trash is now a pre-Giuliani memory, but alas, that stuff
on Toronto`s sidewalks isn`t set dressing any more.

Our longhaired leftwing mayor,
David Miller, just kicked off his

annual "spring
clean up campaign"
(an event we wouldn`t need if
the place wasn`t a dump). That`s when ordinary citizens
are bullied into helping
"clean ravines,
sweep sidewalks, clear out illegal dumping and tackle
graffiti on bridges."
That`s right:

overtaxed Torontonians
are told it`s their civic
duty to

perform unionized jobs
for free.

  • Toronto`s not

Mayor Miller`s also determined to
stop surging gun crime in the
"416" (again,
a vow he wouldn`t make if the city wasn`t, well,

American readers will be amused but
not surprised to discover Miller`s solution to the
city`s "gun

shutting down local gun clubs and firing ranges
which have operated entirely without incident for

Every time someone gets shot to
death in Toronto (which happens a lot these days), one

local blogger
likes to quip about the shooter,
"No word yet on which

gun club
he belonged to."

Of course, the perp
never turns
out to be an Olympic biathlete gone bad.

As I write this, Sunday morning,
May 3, that same blogger

that police are looking for two such young
men suspected for torturing a police informant. The
suspects "are
Anheim `African` Bol and Luis `Sluggs` Sampedro
both 19."

Toronto is physically huge—the
8th largest metropolitan area in North
—and many of its high-crime areas, such as
the notorious

Jane-Finch corridor
—are out in the suburban
wastelands that junketing journalists don`t see. But the
simple fact, available to anyone who can Google, is
that, for example,

violent crime has nearly quintupled in Canada over forty

The Week, Will
Wilkinson insists that Toronto has


Anglo-Protestant heritage
strong as
But that`s not reflected in the composite sketches we
see on the evening news, or in the names of the two
gentlemen above. Toronto`s population is now almost
fifty percent foreign-born, as Wilkinson notes, but
"the most diverse
city in North America"
doesn`t have a particularly
diverse criminal population.

(Few people will
say so publicly, for fear of being hauled before a
Human Rights
. After all, a

Canadian politician
is still fighting a 2004 charge
of using
"racist" ink colors
on a campaign brochure entitled
Indian Crime.
Recently, the American Political
Science Association

was reconsidering holding its annual meeting in Toronto
this year, because
"scholars visiting Toronto might face legal jeopardy if they made
controversial statements."

A couple of
years back, Linda Frum (sister of

David Frum
) conducted

magazine with William Bratton, the former
chief of police of New York City:

Q: So you know a little bit

You know about our problems? A 27-per-cent increase in
the number of homicides from 1995 to today. A Boxing Day
slaying where

a 15-year-old innocent bystander
was gunned down
during a gang shootout on a major shopping street….

Tell me, the gang violence that you are experiencing, what is the racial
or ethnic background of the gangs?

Q: That`s a refreshingly blunt
question. Some say it

may be as high as 80 per cent Jamaican
. But

no one knows for sure, because people here don`t like to
talk about that

Not all crimes are violent. Local
Muslim leaders

that hundreds of their coreligionists are not
only polygamous, but supporting their harems on the
City`s dime. No word on when they`ll try to get
Toronto`s long-time nickname,
changed to something more halal.

The same day Wilkinson`s article
appeared online, thousands of

Toronto Tamils
took to the streets in what
eventually became a four-day long demonstration that
blocked rush hour traffic and waved the

flag of a banned terrorist group
, the Tamil Tigers.

That`s nothing new. Earlier this
year, I was one of about a dozen counter protesters
behind the barricades when three thousand Muslims and
their leftist supporters, many waving

banners, took over a major intersection to
protest the war in Gaza. A

Muslim woman
"Jewish child,
you are gonna f—ing die"
at the boy standing next
to me (and I have the

to prove it), but Toronto police were

reportedly ordered
not to arrest any Muslims at that
demonstration, even for uttering death threats.

Will Wilkinson says that Toronto,
the "fifth most livable city in the world," is
"one of Earth`s
closest approximations of urban paradise."

I can only assume Wilkinson was
thinking fondly of visits to

—Toronto`s marijuana-friendly zone—when he wrote
those words. To those of us obliged to live in Toronto
more or less sober, such outdated Chamber of Commerce
clichés are a joke.

Or whatever the word for
"joke" is in the

140 languages
the City`s website proudly declares
are spoken here.

But, as Wilkinson is

an atheist
on top of everything else, perhaps he is
unfamiliar with the

of the

Tower of Babel

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