Conservative-directed change is a time honored feature of Canadian politics. Canada's elites have long recognized that self-interest may be served most effectively by accepting the inevitability of change and working to mitigate its effects rather than by seeking to block change entirely. In her illuminating article, Stasiulis holds that the development of racial policies of the Canadian state has been controlled by elites seeking to preserve their own dominance by simultaneously following policies of repression and responsiveness: bringing public attention to the problems confronted by minority groups in the Canadian society and attaching the legitimacy that accompanies expression of government concern while simultaneously pursuing policies designed to limit the growth of the minority groups and circumscribing their aspirations for political power.

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