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'Absolute garbage': Vancouver Sun op-ed draws backlash, criticized as racist

Last Updated Sep 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm PST

A controversial Post Media opinion piece published in the Vancouver Sun questions whether social trust can exist within a diverse society. (Monika Gul, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

"Ethnic diversity harms a country's social trust, economic well-being" was published Friday, quickly sparking criticisms

While the article was taken down from the site, it was too late to take it out of the paper

Journalists for the paper and politicians are among the people denouncing the article

 

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver Sun is under fire for an op-ed published in Saturday’s paper which many are condemning as racist and white nationalist.


“Can social trust and diversity co-exist?” was published on the websites of the Vancouver Sun and The Province yesterday evening, quickly sparking a firestorm of criticism with many tweeting the editorial is irresponsible and not based on fact.

Both papers are owned by Postmedia.

Written by a political geography instructor at Mount Royal University, Mark Hecht, his opinion piece hinges on a study done by Galestone Institute — a controversial conservative think-thank — as he claims “a not insignificant proportion of Muslim immigrants have no intention of assimilating into any western society.”

The article also argues Canada should “say goodbye to diversity, tolerance and inclusion,” and that diversity erodes social trust and leaves citizens with, “a lot of arrogant people living in their countries with no intention of letting go of their previous cultures.”


Many condemned the article on Twitter, including politicians and even Vancouver Sun and The Province journalists. MLA for North Delta Ravi Kahlon tweeted that he was “sickened” by the article.

The backlash prompted an apology from the Editor-in-Chief for the Vancouver Sun and The Province Harold Munro, who tweeted that the article was published before he had a chance to read it.

I agree and apologize to everyone that this was published before I had a chance to read it. We’ve taken it offline.
– harold munro (@haroldmunro) September 7, 2019

While the op-ed was taken down online, Munro said it was too late to take it out of the print edition.