By Jonathon Van Maren
July 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – It is one of those singular ironies that Canada’s progressive politicians constantly warn about the emergence of imaginary Trump-like figures that they actually (and rather desperately) wish existed. The mere name of Donald Trump, of course, is now enough to elicit a fit of shivers from any decent left-winger, and so they assume that by invoking his name they can trigger that reaction in others, as well.
But in the absence of any truly robust right-wing politician in Canada—that is, one who would be willing to take genuinely controversial stances on things and actually violate a few standards of political correctness rather than simply complain about these standards—progressives have resolved to tell vicious lies and cast nasty aspersions, instead. And when I say vicious, I mean truly vicious.
In Alberta, for example, the Spruce Grove Stony Plain NDP Community Association shared a post that included a photo of torch-wielding neo-Nazi marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year. At a “Unite the Right” Rally, angry men had waved Swastikas and chanted slogans like “the Jews will not replace us!” and one counter-protestor ended up killed. Beneath this photo was the statement that the NDP wanted to share: “Just a reminder—these guys want to ‘Unite the Right’ too The only real difference between them and the UCP is that Trump tells his people to hate loudly, while Kenney tells his to hate quietly.”
This is obviously ridiculous to any rational observer. To draw any similarity between the United Conservative Party and the alt-right is to confess to delusions so severe that they require the immediate attention of a highly qualified psychiatrist. Jason Kenney, incidentally, would be an alt-right fanatic’s worst nightmare, considering his championing of immigrant communities both as a federal minister and now as premier-in-waiting of Alberta. To suggest that Kenney is sending off secret dog-whistles to conservative voters who are seething with silent hatred is both stupid and deceitful.
The NDP has made a habit of these sorts of accusations lately, revealing their obvious desperation as they sense the Kenney steamroller rumbling inexorably towards them. One NDP minister, Kenney noted on Twitter, has said “that conservatives are responsible for a rise in anti-Semitism, and another minister [said that] a UCP MLA visiting a women’s centre is analogous to a Holocaust denier visiting a synagogue.” It is difficult to know where to go with this hysterical nonsense. To claim that an Israel-supporting politician is the head of a party rife with anti-Semitism is to gut the term of all meaning.
And then there is our stammerer-in-chief, Justin Trudeau, who recently warned the public on CBC’s Power & Politics that conservatives across the country are a threat to the “sunny ways” we have apparently been experiencing together. Lorre Goldstein recorded his eloquent denunciation in the Toronto Sun:
I think one of the things that we’ve seen, uh, in terms of, of, uh, what conservatives have been saying, is that, uh, they are playing not just here in Canada, but around the world, uh, a very dangerous game around the politics of fear, the politics of division, of pitting Canadians against each other, and, uh, raising the kinds of anxieties that, uh, quite frankly, don’t help solve problems but actually hinder them…And when conservatives across the country are playing the fear card, uh, we need, uh, strong, reassuring voices, uh, to counter that and to demonstrate that the safety and security of Canadians in their communities is something, uh, that we will never flinch on, that we will continue to deliver, and we will deliver in a way that pulls Canadians together, instead of dividing them, uh, like the conservatives tend to be doing.
It is difficult to decipher precisely what the prime minister was attempting to say there, but apparently conservatives in Canada are attempting to divide Canadians and make them anxious about things. Now, obviously Conservatives are certainly attempting to divide the Liberal base and make them anxious about Trudeau’s abysmal performance, but that sort of thing has been traditionally known as “politics.”
No longer: Progressives have decided that accusing run-of-the-mill conservative politicians (and in Canada, no less) of being neo-Nazis at worst and secret white supremacist sympathizers at best is the only way they’ll manage to cling to power. After all, Trudeau’s top adviser (one who he once described as able to speak for him at any time) recently retweeted Bruce Arthur accusing the National Post of being “basically a hate site” for publishing Barbara Kay’s critiques of transgender ideology (she is Jewish, in case anyone is wondering).