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Canada in fucking decay?

That huge understatement notwithstanding,
Ricardo Duchesne writes the country’s
“first scholarly” critique of immigration

November 25, 2017

Canada in Decay by Ricardo Duchesne and other books on immigration


On looking at Ricardo Duchesne’s new book one might be cynically tempted to say “here we go again,” as the title of a 1998 Doug Collins anthology put it. With political correctness already entrenched back in 1979, Collins might have contributed more to his notoriety than to public discourse by writing Immigration: The Destruction of English Canada.

In 1998 former immigration investigator Mike Taylor self-published The Truth About Immigration: Exposing the Economic and Humanitarian Myths. He sent free copies to Canadian media outlets only to be, as far as I’ve seen, ignored. I learned about his efforts while rummaging through a bin full of discarded books at the Calgary Herald newsroom.

Daniel Stoffman had a bit more success with his 2002 book Who Gets In: What’s Wrong with Canada’s Immigration Program—and How to Fix It. Author and co-author of a number of books including the very well-received Boom, Bust and Echo, Stoffman got the occasional opportunity to discuss immigration somewhere on the edge of mainstream discourse, accompanied of course with cheap denunciations.

Looking at other countries, in 1995 English ex-pat and The Patriot Game author Peter Brimelow wrote Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster, to very little mainstream effect. More encouraging was the American response (which included much outrage but at least acknowledgement) to Ann Coulter’s 2016 book Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole. This year Douglas Murray released The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, a frightening book that has stimulated genuine discussion overseas in addition to drawing predictable abuse.

But overall it’s distressing to consider how little effect these works have had.

Enter Duchesne with “the first scholarly book questioning the undemocratic policy of mass immigration and racial diversification in Canada.” Calling it Canada in Decay is certainly an understatement, although the subtitle gets more to the point: Mass Immigration, Diversity and the Ethnocide of Euro-Canadians.

Surprisingly, astoundingly, Duchesne actually holds a professorship at a Canadian university—in social sciences, of all departments, although by now probably all academic disciplines have fallen into submission. Not surprisingly, the U of New Brunswick prof’s reputation ranges from controversial to notorious.

But getting back to the lack of influence of previous books, this one seems similarly destined. Well underway during Collins’ time, Canada’s demographic revolution has long since triumphed and continues past the point of victory, part of a social revolution that gets increasingly weird every year. Look in despair at what Canadians of Canadian descent have become and it’s easy to conclude that most of them suffer from one of three afflictions: flakery, philistinism or fentanyl.

Still, Duchesne’s book might help strengthen readers’ resolve as the establishment ramps up its campaign against dissent, reacting in part to elections in the U.S. and Europe and fear of a terrorism-induced anti-immigration backlash. This book could at least serve as an antidote to unrelenting propaganda and phony moral preening. Who knows, maybe Duchesne’s call for Euro-Canadian rights within the multicultural order might prove practical.

One disappointment is the lack of an index, an unfortunate omission for a scholarly work. But a book like this, from a Canadian academic of all people, might offer at least a little encouragement in a thoroughly discouraging milieu.

Meanwhile we can expect a vociferous campaign to, at the very least, get Duchesne fired.*

Read Rémi Tremblay’s review here.


*It took a while but on June 4, 2019, Duchesne’s employer announced his early retirement. That followed two Huffington Post hit pieces preceded by over a year of scheming by other University of New Brunswick profs, then a letter of denunciation signed by over 100 academics.

Read Duchesne’s pre-retirement account.

“A textbook case of academic mobbing”: Read Kenneth Westhues’ analysis.


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