Canadians have long boasted an international reputation for tolerance, and rightly so. We tend to welcome newcomers respectfully and with reasonably open arms. For the most part, we celebrate the diversity that has come increasingly to define, and enrich, us.
(I mean, of course, the Canadian collectivity. Individually, we do not always do ourselves quite as proud.)
As the nation of immigrants we have always been -- that is to say, a kind of metaphor for hope and faith in the future -- we have learned how to appreciate each new thread added to the fabric of our identity. Most Canadians, it is fair to say, do try to be culturally sensitive.
But there are limits.