Changing Attitudes

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The attitude of Canadians towards the varied groups among them underwent profound changes after the Second World War. The Canadian Citizenship Act of 1947 was a landmark step towards a new vision of what it means to be "Canadian." Canada no longer simply took its cues from Great Britain, but sought to define its own values in light of a greater international awareness of human rights. Among these values are a greater tolerance of differences and respect for individual rights. Canada ended its "Whites only" immigration policy in 1962.

While some tensions remain, Canada continues to evolve towards a more diverse, fair and tolerant society.