THOUGHTS FROM CAP CENTRAL: THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CANADIAN LIBERAL.
by Brad Salzberg
Within the world of contemporary politics there are many oddities, but nothing quite so odd as the mind-state of the Canadian liberal. These folks are a rare breed of political thinkers— the variety of whom, in a most paradoxical fashion, love to hate their own national heritage.
Indeed, ever since Pierre Trudeau cancelled Canada’s English and French cultural heritage in the early 1970’s, political masochism has been the order of the day. Oppression against Aboriginals. The Chinese Head Tax. Komagata Maru. As the diversity decades passed, these and other historical incidents coagulated into a potent brew of domestic self-hatred. In fact, as Canada gets deeper into the year of our 150th anniversary, the anti-Anglophone rhetoric has never been more pronounced.
It is one thing for Chinese- Canadian community leaders to dredge up century-old hardships as a result of migrating to a strange and distant land. It is quite another for the descendants of those who founded our nation to do the very same. The fact is, every nation on earth indulged in historical oppression against minorities—some far more extreme than anything Canada ever whipped up.
There is something most disconcerting— if not unnatural— within this social dynamic. Sikh community leaders attempt to shame Canada regarding its historical treatment of Punjabi migrants. Chinese-Canadians follow suit via the century old Head Tax. Islamic-Canadians have quickly developed a plethora of complaints— irregardless of the fact that in the main, they just got here. To add insult-to-injury—rather than standing up for our historical identity as proud Canadians might do— our liberal contingent have joined in on the condemnation party.
At this point in our history— never more so that under our current government of Justin Trudeau— Canada’s national legacy is little more than a litany of malevolence toward all non- Anglophone peoples. Sir John A. MacDonald as a racist alcoholic? Two thumbs up from liberals. Christians as land-stealing bigots? Top marks, say those of a Christian-Canadian heritage.
The diversity-infused youth of our nation may be surprised to learn it wasn’t always this way. In fact, previous to former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s political ascendancy, Canadians actually liked themselves. Anyone recall Expo 67 in Montreal? 1-2-3 Canadians we love thee! Who knew this was the beginning of the end, as multiculturalism— in combination with mass third world immigration— would subsequently bury these notions in the historical sands of time.
At present, diversity is our nation’s holy grail— whether the public like it or not. Who was to know this agenda would morph into a license to demonize the descendants of the founders of our nation? It has—and will continue to do so— as long as Canada’s liberal left continue to bash not only their personal and family heritage, but that of their nation as a whole. As the old saying goes— with Canadians like these, who needs enemies?