– A piece from our Canadian contributor. –
This long weekend Canada celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the day that we officially became a nation independent from Great Britain. And though we get out the barbecues and the picnic baskets, I wonder, what is it exactly that we’re celebrating?
After all, it was our own Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who said late in 2015 that “there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada”, and that Canada is the world’s first “post-national state”. So why then do we actually have a Canada Day when there’s nothing that makes Canada, CANADA? Why does the CBC go live all day to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to capture every minute of those corny speeches and music performances, capturing the bird’s eye view of the sea of red, then snapping to kid’s smiling faces painted with maple leaves?
Of course, Justin Trudeau’s statement was hideously ignorant, since there are, in fact, hundreds of things- thousands- that contribute to Canada’s core identity. Things perhaps that Trudeau, in his desire for a globalist utopia, seems to have conveniently forgotten. Canadian authors and historians have been writing about these things for centuries. And being that he is the son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, one of the longest-serving Prime Ministers in Canadian history, it’s incredibly odd that Justin would make statements about Canada like this. One would swear it was deliberate.
Hockey, for Pete’s sake. Bilingualism, from the fact that Canada as a land mass was colonized equally and simultaneously by the Catholic French and the Protestant British. The Hudson’s Bay Company. The RCMP. Maple syrup. Stronger beer. The Group of Seven painters. Our pansy flag. Poutine. Rye (Canadian whisky). The Trans-Canada Highway. Having the longest undefended border in the world with our neighbour to the south. Our vast, open wilderness north of the 54th Parallel. Our wildlife. Cowichan sweaters. Canoeing in Algonquin Park (which Justin still does regularly, I hear). The Métis. When people visualize Canada, these are the things they see. These things are distinctly Canadian.
Immigrants have slowly settled across this land over the past two centuries, but they absorbed this culture, this history, and adopted it as their own. We all know how to sing the national anthem- we’re taught it in school and we rise to sing it at sports events. Our nation has been molded by history, from the blood, sweat and tears of the people who came before us. The Plains of Abraham. Lundy’s Lane. Louisbourg. The Acadian Expulsion. Louis Riel and the Northwest Rebellion. Vimy Ridge. Dieppe. Passchendaele. These events formed Canada’s identity.
So, when Justin said this past week that immigrants deserve to live in Canada more than the actual born-and-bred Canadians, “because we take it for granted”, I can imagine a lot, in fact millions, of Canadians were rightly offended. No, I daresay that most of the people Trudeau alluded to do not take their country for granted. That their parents and grandparents fought in the World Wars for the sake of their country and to defend it against its enemies. That they themselves are defending it still, this time from invaders- people who claim to be refugees but have no inclination at all of assimilating into Canadian society. Who intend to set up no-go zones in the neighbourhoods of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Quebec City, and Ottawa when enough of their kin have arrived. Who wish to establish Sharia Law and Sharia Police within these no-go zones, because Canadian laws and Canadian values are too Western, and much too liberal, for them. And who wish to shut down any and all criticism of their own values, derived mostly from the religion they practice, and in fact impose their values on the very country that took them in.
Justin’s statements prove that he is no Canadian, in the sense that Canadians share a similar identity, set of values and history. They prove, on the contrary, that he is a purebred globalist, on par with many leaders of the EU like Merkel, Macron, Juncker, or Tusk. He does not, therefore, put the best interests of Canadians above all others, and it’s debatable whether he even has our best interests at heart.
Justin likes to say, always with a smile on his face, that diversity is our greatest strength, a line seemingly straight out of the globalist’s handbook. NO. I say that diversity is NOT a strength. Celebrating diversity leads only down the rabbit hole of identity politics, a social quagmire at best and a dangerous powder keg at worst. Our strength is in our history, our culture, our values, our laws, our symbols. We should be encouraging UNITY, not diversity. Unity, when all people work towards a common end, and desire a common good. Unity makes healthy nations. And Canada will be healthy again when our globalist puppet is ousted in the next election and efforts are made to reinforce the things that make Canada a Nation.