In the past five years alone, the number of mixed unions is up by nearly one-quarter, far outpacing the 5.1 per cent growth for all legal couples over the same time period.
All this suggests Canadians are no longer bound by outdated cultural mores or strictures when picking a partner. A mixed union is defined by Statistics Canada as a conjugal relationship between two people who belong to different visible minority groups, or between one visible minority and one white.
Last month, Statistics Canada released its latest numbers on couples who cross racial or ethnic lines, revealing surprising and continued growth.
Mixed unions are no longer unusual, nor an excuse for cultural conflict or bigotry; today, they’ve become a commonplace feature of life as it is lived in Canada.
Instead, they pinpoint societal problems that have harmed many millions of good people and will continue to do so unless we deal with them openly and honestly.
* Every race has the same coloring pigment in their skin. The difference between the skin color of one person and another is a result of the quantity of melanin present in their skin.
We look forward to a day when the word “race” is used only in reference to a contest of speed.