Comment 109469

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted February 20, 2015 at 17:46:45 in reply to Comment 109443

The Netherlands is not perfect. In particular, there are serious problems assimilating recent immigrants from cultures that are profoundly different from Dutch culture.

I can just imagine someone in Amsterdam writing an article entitled: "Let's Go Canadian: Lessons on Multiculturalism from the Dominion of Canada." And being told by the usual trolls, "If you think Canada is so great, why don't you go there."

The reality is that no place is going to get better unless they seek out world-wide best practices and implement them. When it comes to liveable cities and street safety, The Netherlands is 40 years ahead of us and getting better. They changed. We can too.

The great advantage is that we can jump ahead 40 years without making the inevitable mistakes that were made in The Netherlands in figuring out how to do things right. There is a price to be paid for being a pioneer and doing all the experiments to find out how to do things right. We don't have to pay that price.

The key question is: Do we really want to get better? Do we really want Hamilton to be the best place to raise a child? Right now, according to UNICEF, the best place in the world to raise a child is in The Netherlands.

The Dutch people are willing to share that expertise. We can join the Campaign for Childhood Freedom. But only if we really want to get better.

Comment edited by KevinLove on 2015-02-20 17:51:18

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