Toronto A “Multicultural Paradise”? What Was Cato`s Wilkinson Smoking?
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Since the CATO Institute`s Will
him]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 for
April 27 edition.
Wilkinson`s thesis is that Toronto—"a peaceable multicultural paradise"—stands as a ready reproof to
"nativist" hicks (including that known
Samuel Huntington, who Wilkinson elsewhere dismisses
as "full of it",
John O`Sullivan, urbane editor of
until William F. Buckley`s 1998 purge of immigration
Fallacy", 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
Wilkinson must be recalling those
old anecdotes about
Hollywood film crews littering Toronto`s streets to
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
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
sweep sidewalks, clear out illegal dumping and tackle
graffiti on bridges." That`s right:
overtaxed Torontonians are told it`s their civic
perform unionized jobs for free.
Mayor Miller`s also determined to
stop surging gun crime in the
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
shutting down local gun clubs and firing ranges,
which have operated entirely without incident for
Of course, the perp
out to be an Olympic biathlete gone bad.
As I write this, Sunday morning,
May 3, that same blogger
reports that police are looking for two such young
men suspected for torturing a police informant. The
Anheim `African` Bol and Luis `Sluggs` Sampedro,
Toronto is physically huge—the
8th largest metropolitan area in North
America—and many of its high-crime areas, such as
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 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
Commission“. After all, a
Canadian politician is still fighting a 2004 charge
"racist" ink colors
on a campaign brochure entitled
Indian Crime." Recently, the American Political
was reconsidering holding its annual meeting in Toronto
this year, because
"scholars visiting Toronto might face legal jeopardy if they made
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
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
admit 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
Hezbollah banners, took over a major intersection to
protest the war in Gaza. A
Muslim woman yelled,
you are gonna f—ing die" at the boy standing next
to me (and I have the
video 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
"Yongesterdam"—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.
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