I said, just yesterday, that “I have said before, I agree fully with former Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the divisions are not confined to America or to American relations with the world, they exist in Canada, too. Some of my friends are members of theTrump Party here in Canada. Some of them believe that there is an international conspiracy of elites, maybe even led by George Soros and others which aims to extinguish “manly” Anglo-Saxon based liberalism and replace it with some sort of namby~pamby socially progressive international superstructure based on the United Nations. These are not people who have actually been damaged in any meaningful way by globalization but they are people who are watching society change in many ways and they conflate such things as immigration from e.g. Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East with the decline of North American dominance in manufacturing and are reluctant to accept that there is almost no causal relationship. Some of them are simply tired on being called bigots or rednecks just because they object to some preachers telling us all that we must convert to this that or the other religion.“
As if to give proof to my worst fears about how some Conservatives see the world, Bruce Anderson posted this:
Now, the Okanagan Conservatives promptly deleted and apologized for that post …
… but it exposes the “dark place,” as John Ibbitson put it, where some Conservatives want to go.
Now I happen to think that Harjit Sajjan is, to be charitable, a weak minister, in fact I have called him the weakest link. That does not make Minister Sajjan anything other than just that: a man less than very well suited for the job he’s been handed. Is he a “token?” Yes, at least in part … there is no doubt that Team Trudeau wanted to produce a cabinet that sent messages to many and varied Canadians and to Canadian communities, it had quotas and I guess that visible minorities were one of those target groups. But he is a good Canadian, his service to his country makes him, in some respects, a “better than most” Canadian as many members of the military reserve forces are.
Thankfully, Conservative Defence critic James Bezan gets it quite right:
That message needs to get out to all Conservatives; the CPC can and in my view should defeat the Liberals in 2019 … for Canada’s sake. But the Conservatives should aim to win on the basis of better people and better policies … Minister Sajjan should be attacked for what he has said and done and for what he has left undone, not for his race or creed.
The Conservatives who think like the authors of that post need give their heads a shake … this is how the CPC can defeat itself in 2019.