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Canadian Multiculturalism During the Harper Governments (2006–2015): Diachronic Variance and the Importance of Electoral Outcomes

  • Arjun Tremblay
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Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)

Abstract

This chapter takes the first step in developing the book’s hypothesis. It highlights multicultural policy developments that took place in Canada between 2006 and 2015. It points out the paradox that the first (2006–2008) and second (2008–2011) Harper Conservative governments continued to implement multiculturalism and even maintained previous levels of public expenditures on Canada’s multiculturalism program. It shows that Canada began to experience a real and overt retreat from multiculturalism under the third Harper Conservative government (2011–2015). Based on this evidence, the chapter draws preliminary theoretical propositions about electoral results and multicultural outcomes as well as on the role of veto players and policy design as additional impediments to multicultural retreat.

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  • Arjun Tremblay
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