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Francis Vachon

Multiculturalism is back in the news. Last week, it was declared a failure by both British Prime Minister David Cameron, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Why is the European version not working? And, how well is multiculturalism working in Canada? In Quebec, the latest debate focused on whether Sikhs can wear the kirpan in the National Assembly. Elected officials banned the practise in a unanimous vote.

However, polls show that the term multiculturalism is viewed positively by the majority of Quebeckers. How do we explain this apparent contradiction?

Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies, answered questions Friday at noon ET in a Q and A hosted by Marina Jimenez, a Globe and Mail editorial board member who has written extensively on these issues.

Please click on the box below to join the discussion at that time. Mobile users can follow the discussion here.

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