Interestingly enough, the authors end with a chapter on what they term to be the "Fraying of the Consensus" of the Canadian mosaic in 1998. In the author's points-of-view, the mosaic is still the 'correct' method for Canadian immigration philosophy, combined with continued tolerance of regional diversity. However, the authors fear that if some integrative attempts are not made to create an expansive yet cohesive philosophy of Canadian identity, difficulties may result. It would be interesting to have read this conclusion, had it been written not in 1998, during the heightened period of the most recent Canadian economic boom combined with Asian influxes from Hong Kong, but after the recent SARS scare that has done so much to detract from recent tourism to Toronto, and has highlighted the tensions between the Asian and English-speaking countries of that nation.
It would also have been interesting to read this text's analysis of the place of the French and French-speaking Quebec regional struggles for identity into the future, as Europe grows more homogenous in the form of the European Union, economically speaking if not linguistically speaking. Although adversarial in many respects towards the English speaking population, the ability for a nation to exist in a multi-lingual as well as a multi-ethnic fashion has been an inspiration to the EU in many respects, as well as other nations attempting to form complex, diverse, mosaic-like yet nationally integrated identities.
Stylistically, this book may not pass the reader's time as a compelling 'page turner' but it is an important contribution to the history of Canada, and just as importantly to the history of immigration and different paradigms of conceptualizing immigration in the 'real world.' Canada is often the large but overlooked 'sister' nation in both literature regarding the United States to the nation's South and also the United Kingdom and France, the cultural and political founders of this Northern land. This book helps give the history and political philosophy of Canada the intellectual attention it merits.