When people are telling me on background that behind the scenes he completely disagrees with the law, too, that is a sign of a bad system.
To quote rapper Tyler, the Creator, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s promise to work for all Canadians was “a fu*k!ng lie.”
If you have been living under a rock or avoiding the news like a plague due to the um … plague that is presently going on, you might have not realized that the Ontario MP has replaced Andrew Scheer as the head of the opposition. He won the race for the title last month and since then has named a leadership team and like so many politicians in this nation, debased himself for a bad province in hopes of more power after a future federal election. Again, if you are not familiar, while on a trip to Quebec last week to meet with Premier Francois Legault the man who hopes he will replace Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to not touch the province’s religiously discriminatory Bill 21.
The law was enacted in Quebec in 2019 and bans those in positions of coercive authority in the public sector – such as teachers – from wearing religious symbols. It attracted some attention during the last federal election where the New Democratic Party, the Conservatives and Liberal Party refused to call it racist and bigoted like it is and while Trudeau did weigh intervening to stop the policy that musing went away quicker than him diligently upholding ethics or caring about the western portion of Canada after he got his minority government.
Whatever your perspective may be politically the behaviour of all these people and O’Toole’s recent actions are utterly shameful. Yes, the road to high office in this country runs through French Canada, but have he and his rivals no sense of decency? Have they forgotten the core values of this country that allow people to worship as they please without hurting others and express any number of good or bad opinions?
Maybe things will change. Though, in a nation that unlike the United States of America has never worked hard to tackle its most serious political problems I am not going to have high hopes. Also, as I watched O’Toole defend the kind of behaviour that leads to people eventually getting executed for apostasy in places like Saudi Arabia, I wondered what else he and his peers might excuse if it was in Quebec.
Few remember the Nazi war criminal Jacques de Bernonville. After his time aiding in the transit of Jews to their deaths in France, he was smuggled into the land of baguettes and bigots in 1946. When he was discovered, the elite of the province had the nerve to circulate a petition demanding he be allowed to stay. That is real. That is a thing that happened. Had it occurred in 2020 I can guess that O’Toole, Singh, Trudeau and whatever other rump dolts lead parties in Parliament would’ve been silent, excused the province as a place with “different values” or distracted the public by coming up with some sort of non-scandal to blame their foes for. It makes me sick to my stomach.
If the blackface region came up with a system of state-sanctioned violence like in The Purge or opted to force children to take amphetamines and keep them in school for 24 hours straight once a week I truly think it is an open question of whether elected federal officials from English Canada would do anything at all. They all want the power, seem to conveniently forget that the highest leadership of this nation has the ability to toss provincial legislation through dis-allowance and give one place preferential treatment at the expense of all others but Ontario.
Good men and women stand up for others when most turn and run. I hope O’Toole rediscovers this and that those who come after him and his peers work to reform our system so that one province does not continue to get a pass on any bad thing that they decide they want to do.
When people are telling me that behind the scenes he completely disagrees with the law, too, that is a sign of a pathetic system. It is one that can negatively impact lives on a way that most do not at all understand and that our present prime minister is perfectly content with.