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FILDEBRANDT: As much as the Liberals want them to be, most Canadians aren’t racists

That’s the thing about “progressive” accusations of racism. ‘Many Canadians are racist, but surely not me and my bougie Montreal friends’.

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You really can get burned at the stake for anything now. The smallest controversy. The most microcopic micro-offence. The Twitter-mob descends with pitchforks and torches, and you’re finished. 

Former Canadian Alliance Leader Stockwell Day is but the latest public figure to be ritually sacrificed at the altar of political correctness, which evolves in its scope and sanity daily. Day had the gall to suggest on the CBC’s flagship program Power and Politics, that most Canadians aren’t racist. 

“Yes, there’s a few idiot racists hanging around, but Canada is not a racist country and most Canadians are not racist. And our system, that always needs to be improved, is not systemically racist.”

This was enough for him to be frogmarched into forced resignation from his commentator role at the CBC, and from sitting on several big corporate boards, like Telus. 

The unwoke among us see in that statement an opinion that is largely supported by the facts, but is difficult to prove. Issues like bigotry are a matter of the heart, and not always subject to the census takers at Statistics Canada. 

But the wokies saw no such reasonable conclusion, or even that it was a matter of subjective opinion that cannot be proven or disproven one way or another. They saw – in their parlance – an act of racist “verbal violence”. While rioting and looting constitute peaceful protest, words constitute violence in the increasingly dystopian worldview of the race baiters. 

To conclude that most Canadians – a people world renowned for our peaceful tolerance – are not racist, is to conclude that their mission of social engineering is chasing an enemy that has already been vanquished. It is to take away from them the boogieman with which we are lectured by our betters. 

To quote the great African-American libertarian thinker, Thomas Sowell: “Racism is not dead, but it is on life support – kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as “racists.”

Racism does exist; mostly outside of advanced Western democracies. And where it does harbour a home here, is it almost universally unwelcome and stigmatized, but all too often, politicized. 

Democratic presumptive nominee for U.S. President, Joe Biden let slip his Covid mask when he revealed his disdain for any race-traitor African American that would ever consider voting Republican. 

“Well I tell you what; if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

While racists surely do lurk in the darker corners of the United States, their numbers and influence are greatly exaggerated for political and partisan ends. So long as African-Americans are told by Democratic Party bosses that large numbers of Republicans – and Americans – are racists, the hope is that they will ignore the desperate plight of their communities run by Democrats for generations. 

A similar story is told by Liberals to our poorest First Nations communities here in Canada. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken the opportunity for race-baiting to try and distract public opinion from his own record as a serial black-face enthusiast.

“There is systemic discrimination in Canada, which means our systems treat Canadians of colour, Canadians who are racialized, differently than they do others.”

This is to say that most or many Canadians, are racist. 

That’s the thing about “progressive” accusations of racism. ‘Many Canadians are racist, but surely not me and my bougie Montreal friends’. The racists are, out there. “Out there”, as in the country, and as in the West. 

Stockwell Day is a mild-mannered, rather middle-of-the-road conservative. He’s no “burn-it-down” libertarian like yours truly, and especially no retrograde racist. His statement, bland and milquetoast, is in 2020 not only controversial, but a hanging offence. 

The murder of George Floyd may be been racially motivated, or it may have been the case of a power-tripping cop high on his own authority. We do not yet know, and are unlikely to know until there is a trial. Either probable reason for Floyd’s murder – once we have the facts – will be cause for serious introspection and correction. 

But even if Floyd’s murder was racially motivated, it is not evidence that Americans at large are racists. And even if Americans at large are racists, it is not evidence that Canadians at large are racists. And even if someone’s worldview leads one to conclude that most Canadians are in fact racists, is it no longer permissible in polite society to disagree, and take exception to the national slander? 

The outrage mob on Twitter demanding Day’s head are beyond reason. But the CBC and Telus, and the Conservatives that stood by silently as yet another of their own was ritually scarified, should hang their heads in shame. Their moral silence or shunning makes them just as guilty.

Derek Fildebrandt is Publisher of the Western Standard and President of Wildrose Media Corp. dfildebrandt@westernstandardonline.com

Derek Fildebrandt is Publisher of the Western Standard and President of Wildrose Media Corp. dfildebrandt@westernstandardonline.com

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LETTER: Erin O’Toole isn’t “woke” enough to beat Trudeau in the East

A reader says that Erin O’Toole isn’t “woke” enough to beat Trudeau in the East.

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In this ‘Era of Wokeness” along with the ascension of Black Lives Matter into the public consciousness, I believe that it would be detrimental to the Conservative Party of Canada to have Erin O’Toole as
it’s leader.

Mr O’Toole recently refused to use the word ‘racism’ and did not answer clearly when pressed on whether he believes it even exists. Erin O’Toole will hand the Trudeau Liberals an easy victory during the next election, should he become Tory leader. Canada cannot afford another four years of Justin Trudeau. 

Like it or not, most people in Ontario and Quebec (where all federal elections are ultimately decided owing to their number of allotted seats), are very much ‘woke’ on the issue of racism, as well as
sexism, homophobia, ect. In my experience, this also includes most Conservative Party of Canada voters in Eastern Canada.

Right-wing populism and social conservatism does well in Western Canada – but centrist Red Toryism is all they are prepared to accept in most of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. CPC members in Western Canada need to keep this in mind when voting for their next leader. 

CPC members need to be sensible and realistic if they want to win the next federal election. 

Gila Kibner 
Edmonton, Alberta

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LETTER: While Trudeau mislabels regular guns “military-style”, he is handing real assault weapons to the police

A reader says that Trudeau is militarizing the police while disarming Canadians.

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RE: Canada’s cops worried Liberal gun ban will hamper training

I enjoyed your article on the gun ban and how it will affect cops. A point of view the CBC would never share.

Perhaps another topic should be brought to the public is this: Although Justin Trudeau said there is no place for these weapons in Canada and Bill Blair said these  weapons have only one purpose – and that is for one soldier to kill another soldier – they gifted more deadly weapons to our local police forces through the Canadian Armed Forces., as was done recently in my hometown of St Thomas, Ontario.

What is the government’s agenda in giving true military assault weapons to the police and banning “military-style” (no legal definition) weapons from civilians. 

John Siberry
St. Thomas, ON

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WAGNER: Don’t make the tent too big – the independence movement must be conservative

Michael Wagner writes that there is little point in pursuing Western independence if the new country looks like the old.

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In recent years some people have argued that the Western independence movement should encompass people from the entire political spectrum. Support for independence, they argue, is not a specifically conservative or right-wing phenomenon. To generate enough political support to achieve Alberta’s independence, people of all sorts of ideological positions will be needed.

For example, early in 2018, one well-meaning independence activist posted a message on Facebook stating, “We all need to remember that you don’t have to be a conservative to be a separatist. We will need people from all sides in this.”

Similarly, in a conversation at a meeting, one person seriously suggested to me that independence supporters could bring Millennials on board by telling them that the money Alberta saved from cancelling transfer payments to Canada would be used to offer free university tuition and free dental care for all Albertans. This is essentially the Bernie Sanders appeal – support Alberta independence so that you will get “free” stuff from the government. 

If that’s the direction the independence movement were to take, it would become empty and meaningless. Proposing an even greater role for government – that is, even more socialism – as the antidote to Eastern Canadian “progressive” liberalism, entirely defeats the purpose of a free West. If socialistic policies are acceptable, then Canada is already suitable and getting better every year. An Alberta version of Bernie Sanders is not an improvement on Justin Trudeau. In attempting to widen their appeal to the left, support for independence would likely shed far more fertile and dedicated support on the right.

Instead of offering socialistic goodies or opting for flimsy policies in an appeal to people from across the political spectrum, the independence movement should be clearly grounded in small-c conservative thinking that values free enterprise, private property, the family, respect for first peoples, and the historic virtues of Western civilization. That is, after all, Alberta’s heritage.

An independent Western Canada must protect property rights, and the protection of property rights will not appeal broadly to the left. An independent Western Canada must allow for the genuine freedoms that modern “progressives” too often to despise. Progressives often view conservative viewpoints and traditional Christian perspectives as “hate” that should be banned. An independent West that embraced such progressivism would be no better than the existing Canadian federation, and might even become worse.

When the Alberta independence movement first appeared in the 1970s and 1980s, there was no doubt that it was a right-of-centre phenomenon. In the early 1980s, the Western Canada Concept Party of Alberta – the Alberta WCC – produced a four-page document entitled, “Our Statement of Principles.” It contained 24 points. The first point was, “We believe in responsibility and self-reliance.” The second was, “We believe in private enterprise.” Thirdly, it declared, “We believe in smaller government.” 

The fifth point stated, “We believe in the right to own property.” The explanatory paragraph for this point was as follows: “The power of the state to occupy, seize or expropriate private property is a violation of personal freedom. Any limitation of the freedom of the individual to own what he or she acquires, reduces the freedom and prosperity of the whole society.”

Many of the initial points in the statement focus on individual freedom and entrepreneurship, whereas the subsequent points tend to focus more on the specific role of government.

The twelfth point is noteworthy: “The strength of the family is the strength of the nation.” The explanatory paragraph for this point states: “Healthy, close-nit, nurturing families assure the future of a society by molding responsible, self-reliant, hard-working citizens. Healthy families transmit healthy values – which strengthen the community and the nation.”

The Alberta WCC Statement of Principles cannot be understood as anything other than a small-c conservative document, and it provides a shining example of the kinds of principles any future independence organization or party should embrace. The pioneers of the Western independence movement had this right.

The goals of the independence movement are self-determination and greater freedom for the West, and these goals only make sense from a conservative or libertarian perspective. Therefore, watering down principles in order to appeal for wider support from the political centre or left would ultimately defeat the purpose of the independence movement. Achieving an independent West that favoured political preferences resembling Toronto and Montreal would be an empty victory not worth the fight.

Michael Wagner is columnist for the Western Standard. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Alberta. His books include ‘Alberta: Separatism Then and Now’ and ‘True Right: Genuine Conservative Leaders of Western Canada.’

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