Chinese Medicine Sans Chinese: The Unequal Impacts of Canada's 'Multiculturalism within a Bilingual Framework'

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Nadine Ijaz

University of Toronto - Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Heather Boon

University of Toronto

Date Written: October 2018

Abstract

This work presents a critical analysis of the unequal consequences that may arise in a multiculturalist state when language is conceptually divorced from the human rights protections afforded to ethnicity and national origin. Drawing on the results of twenty‐three qualitative interviews and a review of publicly available documents, our interpretive policy analysis examines the rationale, process, and impacts surrounding the controversial linguistic communication and policy approach taken by a regulatory body governing practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in Canada's multiethnic province of Ontario within an English–French bilingual policy environment. Our findings suggest a conceptual foundation for more equitable policy making based on principles of demographics and demand in jurisdictions concurrently characterized by state multiculturalism policies, significant ethnocultural pluralism, and a commitment to the principle of substantive equality.

Suggested Citation

Ijaz, Nadine and Boon, Heather, Chinese Medicine Sans Chinese: The Unequal Impacts of Canada's 'Multiculturalism within a Bilingual Framework' (October 2018). Law & Policy, Vol. 40, Issue 4, pp. 371-397, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3279657 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/lapo.12112

Nadine Ijaz (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy ( email )

144 College St.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3M2
Canada

Heather Boon

University of Toronto ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
Canada

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