I Stand For Freedom Of Expression And Cultural Sharing / I Stand With Amanda PL


“The thing about the type of work that she is creating is it is heavily rooted in traditional ideals and different teachings and it is considered sacred, so it wasn’t always even considered artwork in the way that we think about art now.”  Could not this be said of all art in all cultures?  Are we not all in some way guilty of cultural appropriation? Continue reading

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Sorry Justin, Canada Needs A Prime Minister That Does Good For Them!


When I think of Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, an old Star-Kist tuna commercial pops into my head. The one that tells Charlie, “Sorry Charlie we want tuna that tastes good, not tuna with good taste”.  Trudeau keeps saying things and doing things that make him look good.  The problem is that his looking good is doing very little when it comes to making the lives of the average Canadian, economically, environmentally, or socially better.

Many Canadians found it entertaining when women gushed over what they saw as Justin Trudeau’s physical good looks and charm. Canadians felt important and included when he said that he cared and valued what we thought. Canadians, felt they could trust Justin Trudeau, because he walked among them, talked directly to them and promised them “Sunny Ways”.  Justin Trudeau, looked and sounded so good after ten years of Stephen Harper.

Stephen Harper:

  • was distant and unapproachable;
  • did not seem to value, or want the opinions of anyone who had opinions that did not promote, or support his agenda: governing Canada like it was a dictatorship rather than a democracy;
  • appeared to be uncomfortable when in direct contact with ordinary Canadians, or in public settings. dictatorship style of governance.

After over a year of broken campaign promises, many Canadians are beginning to think Justin Trudeau is all talk and no walk.

There seem to be many reasons for what appears to be his inability to get things done, such as:

  • he seems not to understand, or appreciate the mechanics of Canadian politics;
  • appears to be naïve, talking of sunny ways and ignoring the complexities and intricacies of dealing effectively with opposition parties, arm’s-length government agencies, and the senate, in order to get its agenda accomplished.

Justin Trudeau made several mistakes before the campaign, during the campaign and after winning the election that have put the Liberal Party at disadvantage when it comes to governing, even though they have a majority government.

Before the campaign: Justin Trudeau’s biggest mistake was to make the Liberal appointed senators independent, without getting the Conservatives to do the same.  The decision to do so looked good, but put his party at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to getting bills through the Senate.

The unofficial  campaign: Justin Trudeau’s unofficial campaign started shortly after he became the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Trudeau’s inability to open his mouth without putting his foot in it, forced him to take to the road and sell himself and his party as the more accessible, empathetic, inclusive, democratic party. Trudeau did a great job of convincing the majority of Canadians that the Liberal Party of Canada was the political party that would guarantee that all Canadians would get a voice, and guaranteed that would not only be heard, but what was heard would be transformed into meaningful action. The problem is that he had promised himself and his party to be all things to all people. This is an impossible task.  This mistake set himself, his party to look like hypocrites and lying just to get votes.

The official campaign: Justin Trudeau painted himself and his party into a corner by stating that his party saying that he would not do whatever it took to get accomplished the things that he promised Canadians he would do for them.

It will be slow going for the Trudeau government as they try to get legislation passed, because:

  • once Liberal Senators now independent can no longer be counted on to vote along party lines;
  • the opposition party’s belief that they were elected to vote against every motion, or bill that the government puts forward;
  • of the promise, not use the power of the majority government that Canadians gave him.

Unfortunately, the Liberals are in a self-inflicted no win situation. They will either look bad when they finally try to use their majority to get legislation passed, or be considered ineffective as a government if they stick to their campaign promise and do not get their legislation passed.

Justin Trudeau sold himself as:

  • a feminist;
  • an environmentalist;
  • a leader who wanted a better relationship with First Nations;
  • a leader that guaranteed democratic reform, starting with the end of first past the post elections.

Listed below are some of the reasons that I feel that all the above things that Justin Trudeau sold himself as during the campaign have since the election been proved to be false. Justin Trudeau:

  • promised to be a “global leader” on climate change.  After the election was won, Federal Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, only six days on the job, while in Paris preparing for the United Nations climate-change summit gave the green light for Montreal to dump billions of liters of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River so the city can make critical repairs to its waste-water system. (a billion liters of raw sewage into the river a day for five days.);
  • promoted himself as a feminist. After the election agreed to a joint  initiative to empower women with American President Donald Trump, who is a self-admitted violator of women,(In 2017, this seems like giving a convicted sex offender, community service in a women shelter instead of going to jail.);
  • promised to repeal parts of the controversial Bill C-24, which gave Ottawa the power to strip Canadian citizenship from dual nationals. After the election, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, made it her priority to clean up Canada’s Criminal Code by stripping so-called “zombie laws” from the books instead;
  • promised to create a new relationship with Indigenous nations. After the election he okayed two controversial pipeline projects despite the vigorous objection of many of the First Nations communities who are in the direct path of the projects…causing a spokesperson for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to call the Prime Minister a “serial liar”.
  • Promised democratic reform. On June 16  2015 while campaigning Justin Trudeau said,”We are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first-past-the-post”  On Dec. 4, 2015 , his Throne speech pledges to boot first-past-the-post. Justin Trudeau abandoned this campaign promise. Feb. 1, 2017  Justin Trudeau bails on promise to change Canada’s voting system;
  • promised to legalize marijuana in part so young adults would stop getting criminal records for simple procession of recreational pot. After the election was won, he introduced legislation to let adults possess 30 grams of marijuana in public, while at the same time ordering the police to “enforce the law” and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries and those who use marijuana recreationally. The Prime Minister said,”Until the new law is enacted some time in 2017, the current prohibition stands.” “So, I don’t know how much clearer we can be that we’re not legalizing marijuana to please recreational users.”

The people of Canada were promised a voice in their governance, meaningful action, and transparency in exchange for their vote.  We were promised sunny ways, but all that I have seen so far is broken promises and his admission that on most issues he has no idea what Canadians want, and on the issues he feels he knows  what we want, he has no clue on how to give it to us.

Canada and Canadians need and deserve more out of their Prime Minister, then a self-promoting, camera hog, who cannot help thrusting himself in front of a camera for a photo opt at every available opportunity, like he did when he:

  • took to the stage to give a speech at a Canadian play on Broadway, written by Canadians to honor and remember Canada and Canadian’s willingness to help others in time of crisis;
  • made a cameo appearance in the opening skit of the Juno Awards.

Sorry Justin, Canadians need a Prime Minister that does good things for them, rather than looks good for them!

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada’s King Of Marijuana In Waiting


This post is not about whether the legalization of medical marijuana was a good thing to do, although I did write in 2014 in which I argued against its legalization, which I considered and still consider a huge mistake. For the sake of argument in this post, I will not challenge the assertions that some people with certain medical problems can and do find relief by taking medical marijuana, and that the relief they get is worth whatever other damage they are doing to themselves by ingesting carcinogens from the smoke of burning cigarette papers…because that is not what this post is about. 

This post is about the tabling of legislation by the Liberal government on Thursday, April 13th 2017. The Trudeau government hopes that by Canada Day, Canadians will be able to grow, buy and use recreational marijuana legally.  I knew that those in the business of illegally trafficking marijuana, would use the legalization of medical marijuana to push for the Government to legalize the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana. I hoped that those responsible for the health, safety and welfare of all Canadians, would display better sense.  It seems however that MP’s from all political stripes and at all levels of government have admitted to having indulged in their past and cannot envision a Canada that does allow its citizens to legally smoke marijuana.

Marijuana has become falsely referred to and accepted as the cool drug; the safe drug, and the non-addicting drug.  Marijuana is a drug with a very seductive reputation, caused partially, by our politicians and community leaders continued assertions that it is a non-addictive recreational drug.   To say that marijuana is not addictive is a lie. 

I know of people right now who:

  • cannot go a day without smoking marijuana without experiencing the same type of symptoms as a heroin addict going cold turkey;
  • say that smoking marijuana is no longer getting them high, but helps to make them feel normal;
  • are on welfare and fixed incomes, doing without food, or not paying bills… unable to resist spending at least $100 a month, or $25 a week to buy what amounts 3 joints.

Science based evidence and years of study have proven that:

  • ingesting carcinogens from the smoke of burning cigarette papers causes all sorts of serious medical problems such as cancer. Taking care of these sick people will be the provinces problem, since healthcare falls under the jurisdiction of the provinces;
  •   marijuana is the drug youngsters usually experiment with first. The only thing that stopped some youngsters from experimenting with marijuana in the first place was that it was illegal. As a result, they did not move on to other drugs like cocaine, or heroin. The cost of providing healthcare and all the other cost in dealing with the increase of addicts due to the legalization of marijuana will fall on the provinces;
  • people high on marijuana drive high and endanger the lives of others. Their reflexes and sense of reality distorted for up to four hours after smoking just one joint;
  • that very few people can admit that they are addicts. Even when they lose everything most addicts will tell you that they can quit whenever they want;
  • that irresponsible people take marijuana as well as responsible people.

Despite all that Justin Trudeau knows about the harm that marijuana can do, Justin Trudeau has decided through the legalization of marijuana to:

  • remove the only effective deterrent that stopped some youngsters from getting involved;
  • take over the once illegal marijuana business… making it legal for them to produce and sell marijuana while keeping it illegal for others to do so; (Put itself in charge of licensing)
  • put provincial governments in charge of the, pricing, producing, and policing of marijuana for recreational use.

Justin Trudeau, justifies nationalizing what use to be considered the illegal marijuana business, by insisting that he and his government want to;

  • take the money from the bad guys;
  • protect our underage children from gaining easy access to the drug;
  • to stop clogging the courts down with cases of people who like to smoke recreationally;
  • to stop young people from getting criminal records that could harm their future.

If Trudeau really believes that by taking over the marijuana business he is going to be helping to keep marijuana out of the hands of underage Canadian children, or take revenue from organized crime, then why stop at decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana? Why not take over the whole illegal drug trade? Then addicts:

  • could be assured that the cocaine, heroin and other drugs that they were snorting and shooting were of decent quality and not laced with synthetic drugs like Fentanyl that are killing hundreds of addicts and first time thrill takers daily in western Canada.
  • all illegal drug dealers would be put out of business;
  • no one would get a record for taking drugs and chance ruining their futures because of a criminal record for personal drug possession or usage.

The truth of the matter is that legalizing marijuana has never been more than a cash grab. In a time when his government is starving for a source of new cash, legalizing the production, distribution and selling of marijuana is too big of a cash cow for Trudeau to pass up.  Justin Trudeau has decided it is acceptable to gamble with your health to enable him to make money to pay for the billions of dollars he is intending to put Canada in debt.

It seems that things that were once considered bad for Canadians and made illegal for the private citizen to make a business of, have been legalized over the years to fill the government’s pockets, such as:

  • bootlegging now distributed and sold in government licensed stores;
  • the numbers racket now called lotteries, only sold by government licensed vendors;
  • pin ball machines in clubs now called slot machines owned, operated and distributed in places willing to pay the government part of its profits; restaurants, bowling alleys and bars;
  • private gambling joints, now government-owned and operated casinos

In the afore-mentioned, the only thing that changed in the past, and will change in the future, is to whom the alcoholic, problem gambler, and now drug addict had to and will have to pay for the privilege of hurting themselves, their families and everyone else around them.  Instead of some heartless criminal getting rich off of their addictions, their heartless government will soon be the new gangster in charge.

 

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Firing Senator Meredith Does Nothing To Protect Minor Aged Girls From Predatory Men


I have two daughters ages thirty and forty, and two granddaughters ages five and twenty-one.  One of my daughters at fourteen years old fell for an older man, started not coming home at night, and began to have sex with him.  Like any concerned loving parent, I thought that the law was on my side and reported the man to the Montreal police.  I was told that my fourteen-year-old was of legal age to consent and the man had broken no laws. 

I am telling you this, because I know what it is:

  • to be a parent;
  • to have a fourteen-year-old daughter fall in love with an older man;
  • to have the law protect the adult man instead of my minor child;
  • to feel helpless and betrayed;
  • to live my life in fear that the same thing will happen to my granddaughters, because the law has not changed.

What I find to be as disgusting as what Senator Meredith admits to doing, is the fact that Senator Don Meredith, has been found to have broken no Canadian law. Not one of the outraged politicians, news anchors, guest panelists, called for a change in the law that makes it legal in Canada for an adult man to prey on girls fourteen and up for sex.  Everyone is so busy talking about saving the reputation of the senate, that no one is talking about changing the legal age of consent back to eighteen-years-old, and putting some serious consequences for those found guilty of statutory rape. 

Does it make any sense that a fourteen-year-old girl in Canada is considered old enough to consent to sex with an adult male under the law, but not old enough to, smoke, drink alcohol, gamble, quit school, or vote? Does it make sense that as an adult to sell a person under eighteen-years-old tobacco products or alcoholic beverages is a crime, but an adult can enter into a relationship with a fourteen-year-girl and offer to make her a star, or an intern, for sex?

Senator Don Meredith and miss M’s story in my opinion is no different from that of René Angélil and Celine Dion, and yet the story of René Angélil and Celine  Dion is considered one of the great love stories and successes of all time and Senator Don Meredith and miss M’s story is considered to be disgraceful. How can one of these men be guilty of an immoral relationship, so reprehensible that he must be driven from his job, and yet the other be allowed to use his immoral relationship to become entertainment royalty, amass great wealth, and most get a state funeral?

I do not believe that the race card is being played out in the senate, but I do believe that when the senate says it is considering trying to do an end run around its own rules when it comes to the firing of a sitting senator, then it opens itself to the race card and a whole bunch of other problems.

There are rules of conduct in every work place, as there are in the senate. It is important that these rules are applied the same to everyone.  When talking about the integrity, honor, morality of the senate, an institution responsible for helping to create the rules that Canadians live under, how can one breach of the standard be more of an offense than another?

It is important to understand that in spite of the fact that Senator Don Meredith is an embarrassment to:

  • himself;
  • his office;
  • his race;
  • his peers both in the senate and his church, as well as to his family;
  • Senator Don Meredith has of yet to be charged with any criminal offense by any police agency in Canada, because he has not broken any laws.

Under the Constitution, a senator can be removed for five reasons:

  • If for two consecutive Sessions of the Parliament, he fails to give his Attendance in the Senate.
  • If he takes an Oath or makes a Declaration or Acknowledgment of Allegiance, Obedience, or Adherence to a Foreign Power, or does an Act whereby he becomes a Subject or Citizen, or entitled to the Rights or Privileges of a Subject or Citizen, of a Foreign Power.
  • If he is adjudged Bankrupt or Insolvent, or applies for the Benefit of any Law relating to Insolvent Debtors, or becomes a public Defaulter.
  • If he is attainted of Treason or convicted of Felony or of any infamous Crime.
  • If he ceases to be qualified in respect of Property or of Residence; provided, that a Senator shall not be deemed to have ceased to be qualified in respect of Residence by reason only of his residing at the Seat of the Government of Canada while holding an Office under that Government requiring his Presence there.

The end run around its own  rules has never been tried before, by the senate…not even:

  • at the height of the senate scandal;
  • when Mike Duffy was found innocent of all charges;
  • when Senator Beyak spoke of the “good intentions” behind the residential schools system;
  • after Senator Beyak  refused to take back her statement, or give up her seat on the Senate’s Aboriginal Peoples committee;
  • when Senator Brazeau’s was arrested on February 7, 2013, for domestic assault and sexual assault;
  • on September 15, 2015, when Senator Brazeau pleaded guilty to simple assault and cocaine possession as part of a plea deal in which other assault charges were dropped, and he was acquitted of sexual assault.

Some of the things being suggested the senate do about Senator Meredith are listed below.

  • Television programs hosted by the likes of  Rosie Barton, Don Martin, and their regular assortment of political pundits have stated on television that they do not care what the law says and insist that the senate should do whatever is necessary to get rid of Senator Don Meredith.
  • Interim Conservative Party Leader, Rona Ambrose and most of the senators believe the senate should do this end run around the law and the senate rules to end the Meredith embarrassment.
  • The NDP wants Trudeau to put pressure on the senate to change their rules, although the senate is supposed to be an independent and separate entity from the House of Commons.
  • The senate itself has asked their law clerk to look further into Section 18 of the Constitution Act.  Section 18 of the Constitution Act states that Canadian parliamentarians have all the “privileges, immunities or powers … enjoyed, and exercised by the Commons House of Parliament in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.” (In Britain, MPs can oust a member of the House of Commons with a majority vote in favor of a motion to remove that person. Section 18 seems to imply that Canadian senators could have that same power).

 Everyone seems to think that it would be okay to violate the existing rules and historical practices of the senate and do whatever it takes to remove Senator Don Meredith. They all seem to agree that they would not like to see this happen too often though…perhaps just this once to remove Senator Don Meredith. I say stop grandstanding and work to change the law that makes girls of fourteen years old easy targets for male predators!

What does it say of Canadian justice and Canadian institutions responsible for creating and passing the laws that Canadians are supposed to live by, if those in parliament and the senate adhere to an alternative, or shadow justice system, which ignores Canadian law and the rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Canadian Constitution, Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

Canada is supposed to be a country that believes in the rule of law. Canada’s belief that that all Canadians are equal and can expect equal treatment under Canadian law, is a corner-stone if not the very foundation upon which Canada’s democracy depends.  The push to remove Senator Don Meredith from the senate by any means necessary, may:

  • look like the right thing to do, surface;
  • satisfy most people’s desire to see him removed from the senate.

The reality is that this is little more than:

  • mob justice;
  • vigilante justice;
  • political grandstanding.

None of the above mentioned will do anything to stop older men from having inappropriate relationships with minor girls.

There will always be men like the man who had sex with my daughter at fourteen, René Angélil, or Senator Don Meredith: Men who do the things that they do and get away with it, because the law is on their side. Until the government stops using this issue as a political football and the law is changed, girls of minor age will continue to be, unprotected by Canadian law, at risk and vulnerable to the desires and urges of adult men.

Justin Trudeau sits with a majority government right now and could change the law and make it illegal for an adult male to have sex with a minor.

Rona Ambrose’s Conservative Party of Canada had a majority government and they never passed a law to protect minor girls from adult male sexual predators.

None of the NDP have called for any changes to the law.

I am not concerned about:

  • how embarrassed the senate is by the actions of Don Meredith;
  • how the senate can’t withstand another scandal.

What I am concerned about is:

  • all of the other minor girls that remain vulnerable to adult male predators;
  • all of the parents who will find no help within Canada’s legal system protect their children adult male predators;
  • that not one political party or politician has called for a change in the law that protects minor girls from adult male predators.

If the law had been changed years ago:

  • I would not have been helpless while an adult male had sex with my minor daughter;
  • Celine Dion’s mother could have stopped the relationship between her minor; daughter and an adult man, that she was concerned about and did not approve of;
  • The senate would have no problem removing Don Meredith, because he would be in jail for breaking the law.

Changing the senate rules may be out of reach without opening up the constitution, but changing the law is not. Changing the law, just requires the political will to do so.

If Senator Don Meredith resigned tomorrow, only the senate would win, because his removal from the senate would do nothing to protect minor girls from being preyed on.

 Talk is cheap! Action is required to save lives!

 

 

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Justin Trudeau, “You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting”


The need to do the right thing by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has never been greater than it is now! It is time for Justin Trudeau to step up to the plate, use what seems to be all party consent and call out Donald Trump for being the dangerous pathological liar, misogynist, racist that he is.  Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the self-proclaimed feminist, is a hypocrite and a coward, when it comes to standing up for the rights of women and girls.

As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he removed Quebec MP Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews from caucus, because their accusers, one of whom approached him personally, deserved the benefit of the doubt. When asked why he did not wait for all the evidence to be in, and let due process of law take its course as not to unfairly punish and ruin the careers, reputations and lives of liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews, based solely on unproved allegations from accusers wishing to remain anonymous, Trudeau said:

  • “It’s 2014. We have a duty to protect and encourage individuals in these situations to come forward.”
  • “The action must be fair, but decisive. It must be sensitive to all affected parties, but, recognizing how difficult it is to do so, it must give the benefit of the doubt to those who come forward.”
  • “I am aware of how difficult it is for people to come forward. I believe strongly that those of us in positions of authority have a duty to act upon allegations of this nature.”

Why is Donald Trump, a self-admitted violator of women, entitled to what seems like community service from Trudeau in 2017? (Their joint initiative to empower women) Justin Trudeau is not and has never been a feminist, in my humble opinion. Trudeau’s ousting of Quebec MP Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews from caucus was a cold and calculated political decision made by Trudeau to make him look like a feminist and garner the support of women voters.  Justin Trudeau is not willing to sacrifice himself personally, or politically to create a better world for women and girls. He has proven this by:

  • by throwing Quebec MP Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews under the bus without waiting for due process;
  • refusing to publicly denounce Donald Trump’s past and continued misogynist behavior;

What would be enough for the prime minister to denounce Trump’s misogynist behavior?  Would Prime Minister Justin Trudeau act if President Donald Trump, was misogynistic with:

  • an ordinary Canadian citizen?
  •   a member of the Canadian press?
  • one of his female MP’s?
  • one of his female cabinet ministers?
  • a female politician?
  • a female member of his family?
  • his wife?

I ask what it would take for the prime minister to act, because nothing that Donald Trump has done in the past or present compels Justin Trudeau to speak out, or act like he felt compelled to do in 2014, when he removed Liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews from caucus.

What message is Trudeau sending to the women and girls of Canada and the world about his and Canada’s stance on their equality and right to live without fear of sexual harassment at home, play and in the work place?

When Trudeau was asked by a reporter how he explained the worst aspects of Trump’s behavior during the campaign — his occasional bigotry, misogyny, and racism — to his 7-year-old daughter Ella-Grace, he did not respond to the question. Instead he said, “It’s important that the prime minister and the president have a constructive working relationship”.

I think both Canadians and Americans can only evaluate the importance and constructiveness of the working relationship between the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States of America by looking at how open, transparent and honest the dialogue is. I would say that if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must set aside what are supposed to be his and Canada’s core values, for the “privilege” of maintaining a constructive working relationship with the president of the USA, then the price to be paid is too high.

Justin Trudeau makes a lot of pretty speeches about inclusiveness, gender equality, LGBTQ rights and the right of all people with the emphasis on women and girls to be able to live without fear of being abused in any way, including sexually, but talk is cheap. The only thing that Justin Trudeau seems willing to do to advance the rights of women and girls is sacrifice a few subordinates in the work place. Justin Trudeau hides behind his job title and what he claims Canadians expect him to do. Doing so, allows him to sidestep and refuse to stamp out inequality, discrimination, persecution and sexual abuse of women and girls, as he promised to before he became the Prime Minister of Canada. When it comes to Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau seems content to take the advice of the three wise monkeys. To this end, Trudeau has decided it is better for himself and Canada to pretend to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil of Donald Trump.

In closing I would like to say this, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau you:

  • are not a feminist;
  • do not stand up for women’s and girl’s rights always;
  • are not willing to put yourself on the line to see that women and girls are treated with respect, dignity, equality;
  • have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting.
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Talk Is Cheap! Action Is What Saves Lives!


me-5What did the rest of the world’s inhabitants do so wrong that whatever power that was responsible for what happens on this earth allowed Europeans the power to sail to other inhabited lands.  European have always thought themselves to be superior to all others and their descendants still believe this to be true. The descendants of Europe have changed very little in this regard. Europeans and their descendants are always talking about how they will change, but everyone knows that talk is cheap and only action will save lives.

Europeans and their descendants have forced their religion, languages, culture, values as well as their version of civilization on every indigenous people they encountered throughout history.  They came, they said, “Seeking peace and trade”, but what they did was conquer, rape, pillage and enslave.   Canadians of European descent were and are no different. Canadian history shows what I say to be true and recent events and attitudes of, “Real Canadians” in 2017, bears witness to the truth of this statement as well.

European contact with Canadian indigenous people was worse than the Black Death.  Canada’s European colonists with the aid of lies and superior weaponry tried to assimilate all life that it encountered in Canada. The indigenous people were stripped of their hunter gatherer way of life, religious beliefs, values, languages, and cultural habits…all considered the ways of savages, by the Europeans.  Nothing was sacred to Canada’s European forefathers and nothing is sacred to their ancestors.

Europeans and their prodigy were and are like the “Borg”, with one exception. With the Borg, when you become one of them you are one of them. With Europeans, however, if you cannot trace your bloodline back to Europe, and you are not of the white race, you can never really be one of them. What you became in the past is the same as what you become today, and that was and is, assimilated. A person stripped of their own identity, culture, religion, language, personnel feelings and ambition. A worker in the hive. Your only purpose to work for the collective.

Canadian politicians openly speak of all Canadians and real Canadians. All Canadians being those born here in this country, or who have taken the oath of Canadian citizenship. Real Canadians being those sharing European heritage, languages, religion, values, cultural ethnicities, and are a member of the White race.

Canada is and has never been an open and inclusive society. Canada needs to change. Talk is cheap and minorities are being mistreated every day, all over Canada.  In 2017 the targets of Canadian politicians, news agencies and Real Canadians are Canadian Muslims.  What will it take for those responsible for keeping all Canadians safe to take the threat to Canadian Muslims seriously?  It is painfully obvious that before the murder of six Muslim men and the injury of eight others in Quebec, Canadian Muslims did not receive equal treatment under the laws of Canada. This is what I mean:

Six Muslim men were killed praying on their knees in a Mosque in Quebec not long ago.  Oh, what a great spectacle came of it. Politicians of all stripes, on all levels used the murders to show themselves and their political parties as inclusive and denounced the acts as not in keeping with Canadian values…all vowing to do better to stop Islamophobia in Canada wherever it was found.  Citizens of all faiths, nationalities and cultures marched together and the Canadian news media stated publicly that they would do their best not to promote hateful rhetoric. All that love and inclusiveness did not last even a single month, not a week, or even a couple of days.

Flash forward to today:

The political gain of supporting Muslims in Canada ran out. Except for the Liberal Party of Canada, all other politicians in Ottawa see no valid reason to even entertain a motion that would suggest that Muslims need to be protected from Islamophobia. This is what the descendants of Europe do so well. They try to hide what embarrasses them, bury the problem, deflect and change the context of the conversation. Immigrants who seek equality under the law are made to look like ungrateful ingrates. When all else fails, Canadian politicians and news media will appeal to who they feel are Real Canadians, warning them that immigrants are dangerous. Warning them that if certain immigrant immigration is not controlled Real Canadians are in danger of losing all that they have. They warn that Real Canadians will soon be outnumbered and that means that Real Canadians will lose their power when it comes to the ballot box and who controls the government.  These same politicians and news media will blame those immigrants for all that is wrong with Canada; from a failing economy to security issues.

It is this rhetoric and vitriol that emboldened those who did hateful things to Muslims and their places of worship leading up to the tragedy in Quebec and all the hateful things that have happened to Muslims and their places of worship since the murders. The mere motion…not bill, or a law, but just a motion proposed to protect Muslims is being made controversial in the news on shows like Power Play and Power and Politics and by the NDP and Conservative parties of Canada.  Seems no ,”Real Canadian,” sees the need to protect Muslims from incidents like what happened in:

  • Toronto, Ontario – January 10, 2017 ON, Canada   Anti-Muslim protestors shouted Islamophobic remarks against students and the Muslim community during a Peel District School Board meeting to discuss religious accommodation for Muslim students.    Reported to: Media/NCCM
  • Toronto, Ontario) – January 13, 2017 ON, Canada An anti-Muslim activist uploaded a YouTube video associating a Muslim lawyer and human rights advocate with radicalism. The video, and his subsequent tweet, included a picture of the lawyer with blotches of blood in the background.   Reported to: Peel District School Board/Police/NCCM
  • Québec City, Quebec – January 29, 2017 QC, Canada   A gunman opened fire inside the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec during evening prayers, approximately around 8pm. Six people have been killed and several wounded.   The mosque has been targeted several times in the past. A package with a severed pig`s head was left at the doorsteps of the mosque last year, and anti-Muslim flyers were distributed in 2014.  Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, is charged with six counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.   Reported to: Police/Media
  • Montreal, Quebec – February 3, 2017 QC, Canada   The Khadijah Islamic Centre in Montreal’s Pointe-Sainte-Charles neighborhood was vandalized. Between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. a window smashed, building been egged and graffiti spray painted.  Reported to: Police/Media, Status: Under investigation as a hate crime’
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec – February 09, 2017 QC, Canada   Threats in a 911 call were made against Mosques in the area, as well as Sherbrooke and Quebec City Mayors.    Reported to: Media/Police    Status: Police have made an arrest.

Iqra Khalid, Liberal MP is receiving racial slurs and threats over her motion, (Motion 103) calling on Parliament to condemn Islamophobia and all forms of racism. here are a few that she read into the record in the house of commons replacing the expletives with the word “blank,”:

  • “Why don’t you get out of my country?”
  • “Real Canadians will rise up and get rid of the nasty blank Muzzie stench in Ottawa. They should all go the blank back to your blank hole where you belong. We will burn down your mosques draper head Muslim”
  • “Why did Canadians let her in? Ship her back” “Why don’t you get out of my country? You’re a disgusting piece of trash and you are definitely not wanted here by the majority of actual Canadians”
  • “You’re a cultural Marxist. Inclusivity blank trying to ruin Canada. Blank you gently with a chainsaw, you camel-humping terrorist incubator blank”
  • “Shoot this blank”

My point is: The proud European heritage and values of which Canada boasts, is not inclusive, and does nothing to promote multiculturalism in any true sense.  Politicians like Jason Kenney can run around in Muslim head ware and march in all of the cultural parades he wants, but he will never be able to deny that he was an instrumental player in a government responsible for the arrest and detention incommunicado of over 450 Sri Lankan refugees seeking asylum in Canada. Many of them women and young children, who he claimed were jumping the line.

If politicians the likes of Steven Blaney and Kellie Leitch can find a place in a mainstream Canadian political party like the Conservative Party of Canada to espouse their bigoted views, Muslims and other immigrants not of European decent will never be considered, “Real Canadians”.

When politicians, media and ordinary Canadians begin to slip back into old Canadian populist views and actions not even a month after six Muslim men were murdered and eight others seriously injured, it is safe to say that motion 103 was justified.

The motion, known as M-103, was debated Wednesday in the House of Commons.   Conservative MPs, expressed fears that M-103 could stifle legitimate debate about issues like sharia law and the niqab. In today’s Canada, what a Muslim woman chooses to wear in public is considered a more important discussion than protecting Muslim Canadians from crimes of hatred.

It is my understanding that a good man like Irwin Cotler said the word Islamophobia should be taken out of M-103, so it could get broader consent. I wonder if Irwin Cotler would be willing to take out the words Anti Semitism when talking of a motion to protect Canadian Jews from hate crimes?

I believe that the words Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism need not exist at all,if all Canadians were treated equally under the laws we have right now in Canada, but we know that right now in Canada, that this is just not the case.

Talk is cheap! Action is what saves lives!

Can anyone tell me just one instance where contact with Europeans has benefited anyone but the Europeans on any continent? Asia, North America, South America, Australia, Africa all saw their indigenous people enslaved, their lands looted of their natural resources and wealth. Ancient cultures, languages, religions and ways of life forced from them replaced by everything European. Name one country on those continents throughout history that was not looted, raped and pillaged and enslaved.

Now tell me what  has changed in today’s world.

 

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All Canadians Responsible For The Dead And Injured Muslim Men Of Quebec


me-5Canadian Politicians, members of the media, law enforcement, and ordinary citizens, are all responsible in some way for the killing and injuring of Canadian Muslims in Quebec.  Make no mistake not one Canadian of voting age can claim to be innocent.  All Canadians are guilty, because whatever they have done, or failed to do, did not stop the deaths of six innocent Muslim men, on their knees, praying in their place of worship.

Canadian Politics 101:

  • Since there has been a Canadian government, Canadian politicians have been creating immigration laws and policies that are discriminatory and racist towards one minority or another.
  • It is also very Canadian for our politicians and press to blame the USA for what we do not want to take responsibility for, like why the six Muslim men were slain,
  • Canadian politicians and press keep suggesting that perhaps Trump and his crazy policies had something to do with the dead and injured in these senseless acts of violence.

I say, not so fast. Let’s look at Canada’s past and how far Canadian governments have come in terms of improving immigration laws, policies and the treatment of immigrants and refugees, before absolving Canadians and Canadian politicians of guilt. 

Canada’s immigration record from 1885-2017:

  • The Chinese Immigration Act, 1885, 1900, 1903 combined with federal legislation and municipal ordinances that restricted employment opportunities even in industries to only those not desirable to white Canadians, such as laundries. As if this was not bad enough, the Canadian government topped all the other acts with the Chinese Immigration Act 1923, better known as the Chinese Exclusion Act. It, replaced prohibitive fees with a ban on Chinese immigration to Canada with the exceptions of merchants, diplomats, students, and “special circumstances” cases. The Chinese that entered Canada before 1924 had to register with the local authorities and could leave Canada only for two years or less. The Chinese immigration Act, 1923 was not repealed until 1947
  • The Canadian government had an unofficial policy of restricting immigration by Black people until 1911. In 1911, Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier formalized this policy with these words, “His excellency in Council, in virtue of the provisions of Sub-section (c) of Section 38 of the Immigration Act, is pleased to Order and it is hereby Ordered as follows: For a period of one year from and after the date hereof the landing in Canada shall be and the same is prohibited of any immigrants belonging to the Negro race, which race is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada.”  Canada maintained its restrictions of immigration until 1962, when racial rules were eliminated from the immigration laws.
  • The forced relocation of the Africville residents occurred between 1964 and 1967. The last house was bulldozed January 2, 1970
  • The turning away of the Komagata Maru from Hong Kong. It arrived off Vancouver in 1914, with 376 passengers on board.  Most of them were Sikhs from India. They were denied entry due to immigration laws at the time.
  • In 1939, 907 Jewish refugees aboard the German transatlantic liner St. Louis, sought sanctuary from Nazi Germany in Canada. Canada refused to take them in and the ship sailed back to Europe, where 254 would later die in concentration camps.
  • The internment of 22000 Japanese Canadians during the 2nd world war. Families were separated, businesses, homes and other property taken from them.
  • In 2010 Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, had 492 Tamil refugees ( Muslim men, women and children) found aboard the ship, MV Sun Sea, who were seeking asylum in Canada, arrested and detained;  rewrote Canadian immigration law so that the Tamil refugees could be held incommunicado, denying them fair and timely access to hearings and the court process; ignored that the Tamil refugees were fleeing persecution, and a country engaged in a bitter civil war;  told Canadians that all must get in line, because Canada could not afford cost of taking in refugees such as found on the MV Sun Sea, while he personally helped gay men escape Iran and made it possible for them to jump the immigration waiting list,( starting a year earlier and continuing all through 2010);
  • In 2012 The conservative Party of Canada under the leadership of Stephen Harper use their majority government status to force into law Bill C-31: An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act and Bill C-24, or Citizen Act.  All of them are acts that unfairly targeted Muslim people seeking to immigrate to Canada, or attempting to seek asylum in Canada as refugees.
  • It is now 2017, six Muslim men are gunned while on their knees, heads down praying in a mosque in Quebec. The prime minister gives pretty speeches and condemns the senseless violence calling it an act of terrorism. Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal Party have been in power for a year with a majority government and have not repealed, or changed anything in any of the acts forced through by the Conservative Party of Canada during their ten years in power, which have been hugely responsible for the anti-Muslim sentiment and Islamophobia seen across Canada today.

Sadly, the only things that have changed from the year 1885 years right up to today in the whole immigration issue are, what immigrants are being unfairly treated by the Canadian government, and what excuse is offered for the necessity of it.

The Conservative Party of Canada seems to believe that spreading anti Muslim rhetoric is okay if you are running for the leadership of their party.  They did not block members of their party from running for their party’s leadership because certain candidates proposed policies were not in keeping with the values of the Conservative Party of Canada, like:

  • Kellie Leitch, who would if she became Prime Minister of Canada, give immigrants a Canadian values test;
  • Steven Blaney who would if he became Prime Minister of Canada, put a limitation on how many Muslims can immigrate to Canada.

The Liberal Party under the leadership of Justin Trudeau has done nothing to right the wrongs done to immigrants and refugees by Stephen Harper. Stephen Harper’s anti Muslim immigration laws have not been repealed. This despite the Liberal Party of Canada enjoying a majority government. Obviously in 2017 equality for all under Canadian immigration law is not a priority of the Liberal Party of Canada. Pretty speeches do however seem to be, as shown by the prime minister in Quebec after the horrid actions of a single gunman.

On the provincial level, Quebec has been rightly singled out as being one of the most racist places on the planet.

  • The Party Quebecois under the leadership of Pauline Marois tried to pass the Quebec Charter of Values, which for the most part targeted Muslims.
  • Philippe Couillard gave a very passionate and touching speech to show sympathy and to assure Muslims that they were equal under the law and safe and at home in Quebec.  Unfortunately, this is the same Philippe Couillard, who introduced Bill 62, the Liberals’ version of the Party Quebecois’ controversial secularism charter, which was introduced in 2013 but not implemented after the party lost the 2014 election.

On the federal and provincial level Canadian politicians are willing to promote anti Muslim sentiment for political gain. Muslims have become a political football for provincial and federal politicians. Both sets of politicians are guilty of creating an environment for Islamophobia to flourish for a very long time. An environment that made possible what happened in Quebec.

News agencies have done their part to spread the fear of certain immigrants throughout the history of Canada. Far too often they choose to report political rhetoric and bold-faced lies told by politicians, that make immigrants and refugees guilty for everything that is going wrong in Canada.  Canadian media is guilty of maintaining the environment required for mistrust, fear and hatred of Muslims and other minorities, in order maintain and grow their market share. No longer can the press claim to be uncorrupted and the true voice of the common man.

Reporting the news is big business. As profit and market share became the focus of news agencies, journalistic integrity and being the voice of the common man flew out the window. We now have right-wing news and left-wing news agencies espousing their opinion on the news events. What we no longer have is anyone just reporting the news.  What is passing for legitimate news coverage now are shows like CBC’s, Power and Politics and CFCF’s, Power Play.

Law enforcement: This bunch has done its part to enforce racist, unfair laws without protest. All too often they do their job with unnecessary brutality and cruelty…seeming to relish the chance to hurt and lord over those who have been targeted by the government for special treatment.

The mosque in Quebec had been vandalized, threatened, had a bleeding pig’s head left on its entrance way and yet the police failed to do anything to secure the premises. Muslim women were punched in the face, spit on, assaulted verbally on busses, a turban wearing man was viciously beaten on a public street by white youths and police refused to consider the incidents as hate crimes, or terrorist acts.  On the other hand, if anybody vandalizes a synagogue, beats up a Jewish person for wearing a Yakama, the police are quick to call it a hate crime. I think that  consistently not finding the evidence needed to proceed with the right charges is a statement that speaks volumes in terms of how fair and equal the justice system and law enforcement treat all citizens of Quebec.

Unfortunately, in Quebec hate crimes and terrorist acts are charges used strictly for deaths caused by Muslims, or those considered to be sympathetic to Muslims.

Canadian citizens: Some Canadian citizens are guilty of promoting mistrust, fear, and hatred of Muslims. Some are guilty of acting on the mistrust, fear, and hatred. Some are guilty of ignoring the racist behavior that they witness, and then gathering in solidarity only after people are killed.  Some believe despite what history proves, that there is nothing wrong with Canada’s immigration laws, either past or present, leaving nothing to change. Some, like Stephen Harper believe what makes a Canadian citizen a “real Canadian” is a person’s origin of birth, religion, language, and culture, and not the oath of allegiance that every immigrant and refugee must swear before becoming a Canadian citizen.

Where does that leave Canada?  Canada will keep on selling out its minorities as long as new reporters, political pundits, and politician insist that:

  • it is crucial that Prime Minister Trudeau does not directly challenge, or denounce Trump’s, racist and discriminatory immigration law for fear that such a criticism could mean a loss of trade between the two countries, doing harm to Canada’s economy; Canada has always been and will continue to be a country where immigrants regardless of their ethnicity are welcomed and can feel safe from persecution and find equality under the law;
  • that it is more important to continue the trading relationship the United States of America than it is to adhere to and stick up for what Canadian politicians claim are Canada’s core principles and values.

More importantly though  nothing will change for immigrants, refugees and minorities in Canada as long as Canadian citizens buy into it and mistreat and even put to death other Canadians, because they are different.

Making pretty speeches like our politicians showed after the six innocent, praying Muslim men were slain and others were critically injured while praying in a mosque  in Quebec, is just not doing enough.

Until the oath taken by immigrants makes them as Canadian as someone born in Canada, nothing will change.

 

 

 

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