Not The Canada I Remember

After the election of the Trudeau Liberals, Canada swiftly rebranded itself as a tolerant, open-armed society. But as alt-right sentiments seep across the border, how welcoming is the country? Omar Mouallem meets the refugees confronting racism, xenophobia – and the very idea of Canadian-ness.

This is not the Canada I remember growing up in. Perhaps I was ignorant of the racism and distrust of “the other”, but it did not seem an inhospitable, xenophobic land. Everyone was to be accepted as Canadian if they chose to be in he country.

Where did everything go wrong?