what's happening to the Canadian political landscape?
The Globe and Mail published an article by John Ibbitson on Tuesday telling us that the PPC deserves representation because it’s a legitimate political party and suppressing those voices “would worsen their estrangement from the mainstream”. The increasing numbers of non-Europeans draws people to the PPC, you see. The PPC promises to screen newcomers to Canada and apply a western values test, requiring them to have Canadian values and societal norms, ie those of western civilisation. Translation: PPC voters don’t like brown people coming to their country, especially if they are Muslim. Values of western civilisation aka Christian-Judeo— a dogwhistle for anti Muslim, and generally, anti South Asian sentiment. Yes, let’s centre the derangement of racists and encourage the growth of white nationalism because it’s not like this takes us down a slippery slope or anything.
I feel like I’m in the 70s, the only South Asian kid in my elementary school and the constant target of racial taunts, and witnessing my dad get called racial slurs in public and hearing him describe the very racist lady at his office. The lady at the laundrette who suddenly yanked her kid away from me as we were playing when she saw my brown dad. Watching all my Desi family drop their Sanskrit names for Christian names to make navigating society less painful.
I feel like I’m in the 80s, sitting in grade 11 social studies class in Catholic high school, listening to India being used to teach a lesson in Malthusian population theory. A few years later, in my university economics degree studies I learned Malthus was wrong, so what was the point of that lesson, even? To make me feel like overpopulated vermin? It worked, then. There’s that flood of memory from growing up in Winnipeg’s French Quarter, feeling the edge of Francophone Catholic pride that morphed into chauvinism and diminished Indian culture and religion. A beastly people with a beastly religion, Churchill once said.
Being mixed, I felt blemished, wanted to erase the Desi part of myself. I wanted to fit in so I hated the part of myself that did not— I would have given anything to have my mother’s cornflower blue eyes, I felt ugly and wrong. The mention of values of western civilisation takes me back to this racial and cultural chauvinism I experienced growing up. Are we really still there? Have we really not progressed? Maybe all that hate never went away, maybe we just covered up the stink with some air freshener. I’ve been reflecting on how our society changed in the 20 years since 9/11 and maybe the racial hatred feels more concentrated, denser.
Between the we don’t want non-Europeans in our country and the white people are racist and Canada is systemically racist and let’s punch racists camps, I don’t know, I see them as equally deranged and destructive and divisive. Because of the extreme far right ties the PPC seem to have, and their propensity to violence, and because they target Muslims, and because Bernier has quoted a mantra of the terrorist group the Three Percenters, I fear them more. However, the everyone I don’t like is racist and everything said I don’t like is hate speech and those people should get fired and have their lives ruined camp seems quite malicious and dangerous in its own way. Destroying someone’s livelihood and wishing violence on those who express benign things which upset you seems as deranged as wanting to physically harm someone because they follow a religion you don’t like.
So, whilst Bernier and his white nationalists definitely do not deserve any representation nor should we give them a platform or voice, I question whether we should platform the wokerati such as those who got an Arab professor suspended without pay for 7 months because of some blog posts she wrote on intersectionality and the patriarchy, or who show up at feminist events where Meghan Murphy is speaking, holding guillotine placards, or who routinely send rape and death threats to women’s rights activists, or who defame women’s rights activists via their federally funded anti hate websites. Maybe we do have a hate problem in this country, and maybe it’s like a hate sandwich, you know, far left and far right.
Maybe the political spectrum is not a line anymore, maybe the spectrum is an arc. Maybe the PPC and the female-hating women are nazis who should die in grease fires and everything everyone says that I hate is hate speech cult are more similar than we openly acknowledge. The far left loves to cling to their illusion that the political right is where haters live. They love invoking Goodwin’s law, yet they are the ones promoting eugenics and dehumanising rhetoric of their designated scapegoat and often with violent fantasies and rhetoric. They tell the same lie expecting that it will become true. The difference between the PPC and the wokerati cult is that the PPC has no chance of governing and the wokerati cult now governs and has infiltrated all levels of political engagement and social infrastructure.
What underlies the rising extremism in Canada? Extremism is a response to suffering and disenfranchisement, so what’s going on in Canada to trigger these extreme manifestations? If I had to pinpoint it, I would say around the time of Trump’s presidential campaign things changed. I remember CBC Radio became unbearable around that time. Trump certainly galvanised extremism— across the board. His rhetoric stirred contempt and division. It triggered an equally contemptible and divisive and malignant response from the left. The whole world felt it because America loves to export it’s derangement and misery.
Scarcely a day goes by that I don’t pinch myself and wonder WTF happened, how did we get to this place where we have so much mistrust amongst the populace, so much weakness and spinelessness amongst the leadership, and some malignant characters pretending to be human rights activists pulling strings behind the scenes, manipulating the political arena? What happened to Moral Courage? Dangerous male sex offenders are being housed in female prison when they say they feel like women and no MSM journalist is tackling that. It’s wild that a country which prides itself on being a leader in humans rights is failing miserably in it’s violation of a basic international human right. And it’s more wild that no one is doing a fcuking thing about it!
The entire country save a handful of activists and intellectuals has decided to ignore the very blatant human rights conflict and constitutional violation which Bill C-16 has created. We are suddenly pretending sex isn’t real to placate men with erotic target location errors. We have a self declared feminist prime minister who’s enforcing a policy of state-sponsored rape in female prisons and no one is talking about it and no one is platforming the women trying to fight that policy.
Instead we are talking about how we should give white nationalists a voice and representation. Instead we are giving woke anti-gay and anti-female trolls a platform and promoting chemical castration as a remedy for puberty. Instead we are promoting kink culture and the erosion of safeguarding. Instead we are allowing public schools to subvert parental authority and to coach children into new secret identities that will lead them to a lifetime of medical care and possibly eventual disability and reduced life expectancy.
So, while I’m disgusted the Globe and Mail would post something so mediocre and ridiculous as the PPC requires representation, I really wish we could have more balance in our media coverage and political discourse. Because I don’t see the wokerati left as much different or better than the white nationalist right. I think they are very similar beasts— both vehicles for predacious and malignant forces at work. They both express a colonial mindset.
I don’t know what happened to Canada. It often doesn’t feel like itself anymore. The dark triad is running the asylum and it’s disturbing. It’s like someone’s been distributing victimhood asshole passes or something.