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We Must Listen To Concerns About Shared Values
During the federal Conservative leadership race, Kellie Leitch has gotten more attention than most candidates, due in large part to her proposal to screen new immigrants for Canadian values. The proposal has gotten Leitch a lot of support, but its also gotten her a lot of criticism from people who say that the proposal is racist. White ethnic nationalists have even latched onto Leitchs campaign, in much the same way as their American counterparts have to President Donald Trump. Since then, Leitch has denied that her campaign is based on ethnic nationalism. Instead, she says, it is based on civic values. Her campaign website indicates that the Canadian values she promotes include gender equality, freedom of religion, freedom and tolerance. There Is No Single Elite In Canada Or The U.S.
The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. President is said to be a backlash by Americans, many of whom live in the flyover country of the central states, against an elite that lives in the coastal states. This elite, who supported Hillary Clinton, supposedly sees Americans in flyover country as stupid and bigoted, and doesnt care about their problems. Voting for Trump was flyover countrys retaliation against the elite. St. Albert Healing Garden Is Necessary
The St. Albert Healing Garden, meant to be a way of recognizing the abuse and torment that Indigenous survivors of the residential school system endured, has had a rough ride lately. The committee overseeing the Garden ended up having to come back to City Council for more funding after geotechnical reports showed that new pilings would be needed for the construction, because of the high water tables. Council balked at the increased cost, and asked the committee to try to find another site. Residential school survivors working with the committee described the incident as a slap in the face. Meanwhile, some residents are questioning the amount of money were spending on the Garden and whether the Garden is even necessary. Trump And Ford Appeal To The Disenfranchised
Donald Trumps candidacy for the U.S. presidency has attracted a lot of scorn for many of Trumps supporters. Kevin Williamson and David French wrote contemptuously in the National Review about how the working-class Americans supporting Trump had no one to blame but themselves for their problems. They failed themselves, and they should have known better. The Two Sides Of The Anti-Terror Coin
The wave of attacks that have occurred this summer have made the debate over how to respond to terrorism more heated than ever, with calls for Canada and its allies to step up the fight against ISIS and other organizations. Other voices decry what they see as the tarring of all Muslims and people of Arab and Middle Eastern background as potential terrorists, arguing that it amounts to racism and judging people guilty until proven innocent. Mel Hurtig. 1932-2016
The passing of Mel Hurtig will remind Canadians that his courageous work is still unfinished, and he needs powerful successors. Plenty To Criticize-Plenty To Celebrate
Yesterday, we celebrated Canada Day. For most people, Canada Day is a day to take pride in, to celebrate who we are as a country.
However, more recently there have been harsh criticisms levied against past figures in Canadian history, particularly prime ministers like John A. Macdonald and Wilfrid Laurier. Critics have pointed out the way past historians often ignored or downplayed the negative aspects of their legacies, such as the head tax on Chinese immigrants, the discrimination against indigenous peoples, or the racist immigration hierarchy that favoured people from Western and Northern Europe over people from other parts of Europe or the world. Plenty To Criticize-Plenty To Celebrate
Every year in July, we celebrate Canada Day. For most people, Canada Day is a day to take pride in, to celebrate who we are as a country.
However, more recently there have been harsh criticisms levied against past figures in Canadian history, particularly Prime Ministers like John A. Macdonald and Wilfrid Laurier. Critics have pointed out the way past historians often ignored or downplayed the negative aspects of their legacies, such as the head tax on Chinese immigrants, the discrimination against Indigenous peoples, or the racist immigration hierarchy that favoured people from Western and Northern Europe over people from other parts of Europe or the world. EU. Fascism and Imperial Globalization. Part Five
The Great Divide in Europe is between democratic community and the designs of international capital to erase genuine community and erect a Gigantic Market in which the working people of Europe will toil as semi-slaves. BREXIT is a warning blast. Reflections On Canada Day: A Tale Of Two Constitutions
I'm writing this on the morning of Canada Day 2016, thinking about all the fascinating things I've read and the people I've met. One thing I've come across is the different ways in which the Canadian and American Constitutions have evolved, and the deep, fundamental differences they suggest between our two countries.