Higher education is also correlated with mixed unions, as is urban living.

Vancouver boasts the highest percentage of mixed unions, at nearly 10 per cent, followed by Toronto, Victoria, Ottawa and Calgary.

It is, of course, going too far to claim Canada has completely transcended all forms of prejudice or bigotry.

In a major poll noted in in 2009, Angus Reid Strategies found surprisingly low rates of acceptance for religious differences.

This suggests religion remains a bigger fault line in Canadian society that skin colour or ethnicity.

But it also implies an underlying respect for choice in personal relationships that transcends other prejudices.

Whether by necessity or choice, our history is marked by the coming together of different groups and races to produce something new: European and Aboriginal, English and French, old stock and immigrant.

Our country, it is often observed, is a Metis nation—and getting more so.

As the number of mixed unions grows, so, too, will the offspring from these relationships.

Whatever taboos may have existed for these children in the past, they’re being erased by sheer numbers.

Putting Canada’s record in global context is complicated by different definitions and the availability of data, but we appear to stand out for several reasons.

European figures define mixed unions as between two people with different citizenship, a far lower standard of tolerance.

Latin Americans and blacks are also proportionately overrepresented within mixed unions.