Thursday, March 16, 2017

Is M-103 good for Canada?



The Motion 103 (M-103) introduced by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid asking the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for “a-whole-of-government” approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including “Islamophobia” troubles me a great deal. First, Canada already has laws protecting religious rights and freedoms under the Charter, and laws against hate crimes.  Secondly, by singling out Islam for special political and legal protection as this motion does (no other religions are mentioned in the M-103) we are standing on the precipice of giving an elevated political preference and protection to one religious group above all others.

 

I am aghast that the Liberal government is seriously considering M-103 as though this motion is about preventing racism and not about seeking special protections for the religion of Islam.  In my opinion, Islamophobia is not caused by “systemic” racism in the Canadian population as M-103 describes.  I think Canadians in general, aware that we are all immigrants, or born of immigrants, if we are not First Nations, try hard to rid ourselves of racism. Waves of immigrants of different ethnicities have come to our country, and settled; Chinese, Irish, Italian, Africans, Mexicans, Americans; people of all races, colours and religions. Some have had more difficulty than others in settling.  Some give up and return to their native countries but most remain and become part of Canadian life and the Canadian work force regardless of the colour of their skins. 

 

Muslims who have come to Canada as refugees and more who will be coming, are composed of ethnic groups from all parts of the world.  Some Muslims are very fair skinned, some are dark. In my opinion, Islamophobia cannot be about race per se, that is, the color of one’s skin or country of origin.  For these very reasons Islamophobia is not called Arabophobia, Armenianophobia or Somaliophobia, terms which would identify ethnic groups from the Middle East and Africa. These terms would be signifiers of certain races.  If discrimination occurs because of race, then that is racism.  But M-103 is not about race.  It is about Muslims petitioning the Canadian government for political support and special protection for a particular religion in Canada.


This is a political act and not a right of religious freedom as they claim. Some Muslims bring the desire to live under Sharia law with them when they come to Canada, which they describe as religious laws, and therefore must be protected under Canadian laws.  With the Canadian Charter in mind, some Muslims object to the way their children are taught in Canadian public schools concerning sex education and even in music programs, and want concessions concerning the right for their children to be given special spaces and times to pray in public schools, which are secular schools. In a recent posting by the Toronto Sun, Anthony Furey writes that Turkish President Erdogan’s frequent use of the word “Islamophobia” is “weaponized language”, a language used for political purposes.  Calling any entity that objects to Erdogan’s own political aims as Islamophobia helps to ward off any criticism from the EU and any others who dare criticize his methods of governing. Let’s not go down that road.

 

Canadians have a right in my opinion, particularly women, to be fearful of our government’s readiness to elevate a misogynistic religion, or any major religion for that matter, as they are all misogynistic to one degree or another, to a special protection status by which “a-whole-of government” approach that would make any political criticism of Islamic policies  a criminal act. Canadian women have fought long and hard to come out from under the yoke of governmental misogyny from the time (1929) when women were not even considered “legal persons” in Canada in (which happened in my lifetime). Why is this motion (M-103) even under consideration? Is our desire to help people from war torn countries weakening our own country to the point where our own laws are being adversely affected?  Surely we can help and welcome the Muslim refugees without becoming victims of our own generosity.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Class War? In Canada?



Class War? In Canada?


Oh, yes.  But it is an artificial war, propagated by most of the western world’s craven political class.  How do they do this?  By pretending that the “working class” is actually “middle class”.  For instance, how many times have you heard any Canadian politician, of any party, when in speaking of and to Canadians in general, refer to any category as being “working class”?  Never. We are told, or they seem to say, or infer, that we are all equal here in Canada and we are all “middle class.” It doesn’t matter if some Canadians are unemployed, underemployed, homeless, mentally ill without treatment, addicted, handicapped, poverty stricken with children hungry part or most of the time, gangs killing each other over drug turf, Canadians living without clean water, it doesn’t matter, we are all still middle class and equal.  The politicians know that we will vote for whoever makes us feel more like “middle class” people, that is, not poor.


But factually, the majority of Canadians are poor in the sense that we have more debt than money.  The big divide between working class and middle class is how long can one survive without a monthly pay check. The middle class is actually a very small minority and consists mostly of the owners of large rental holdings, small to medium sized businesses and independent professionals like doctors and up town lawyers. However, in an economic downturn even some of these Canadians will suffer. Anybody who is dependent on economic good times to survive economically is working class no matter what they are encouraged to call themselves. 


One can escape the working class only when one has surplus money to invest.  And the housing market doesn’t count.  We all know the housing market is like the Canadian dollar, it has a mind of its own. I believe that if the economic status of the one in four Canadians who reported feeling uneasy about the current influx of refugees into Canada had been included in the recent poll showing this, it would have indicated something different than xenophobia as the cause.


These Canadians are worried. They worry about unemployment, or jobs for their kids. The ones whose kids manage to get to university worry about the heavy school debt they will carry after.  Some are graduating with degrees that may prove relatively worthless in today’s tech crazy, increasingly mechanized economy. And the one in four polled who are the most worried see the rush to take care of the needs of foreigners as superseding their own needs and lack of resources. 


This question is dividing the entire western world and will increase in intensity as the real winners, the international banks and militaries who support them, continue to suck up the last of the people’s savings, buy gold and silver, and build underground bunkers. The only thing that can stop this, or even slow it down, is if we, the people, understand that the vast majority of us are working class and we should be worried, too, about what may lie ahead economically for our children.  If we are worried enough, we will act.  Yes, of course, welcome the refugees in. But it’s not a good idea, in my opinion, for them to congregate in cultural separation. We must help them become Canadianized. Eventually some of them may want to join the worker’s revolution.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The CBC loves the CIA



How much does the CBC love the American Central Intelligence Agency?  Plenty.  This morning another ex-CIA agent was on Rick Cluff’s early morning radio show (Feb.15) informing the Canadian population about how the wonderful, and yes, even sacred duty of the CIA is to protect the world from Russia, and by extension, from Donald Trump, the  president of the United States.   By using Russia and Putin as segues into getting rid of a president who wants trade with Russia, not war, the CIA has declared war on its own president. And our very own CBC, happy talking back to the US media outlets, (CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, etc.) just love what is happening.  These media outlets after all, if not owned by members of the deep state, are guided by the US deep state’s need for war.  War is America’s chief business.  A president who had rather trade than make war is of no use to them. 


The leaks that are supposedly proving that Trump’s people had conversations with Russia do not prove what the conversations were about, or if they were in any way inappropriate for a president and his people to have with any foreign country. We are supposed to take the CIA’s word that the leaks suggest Trump is disloyal to his country by even talking to Russia about anything, as Russia is a country the CIA wants and plans to take down.  And of course, they know how to do this.  They have taken down countries all over the world since the Second World War that didn’t follow the US line, either by the subterfuge of encouraging protests that end in coups, or when that didn’t work, by direct invasions. The CIA is declaring, in its war on Trump, that they are more powerful than the White House, and they can leak whatever they chose to leak, with their own interpretations of whatever material they may or may not have.


I think we should all be careful of what we wish for.  Wishing to take down a duly elected presided in the most powerful country in the world by using the techniques that have  worked beautifully in poorer countries ( by constantly stirring and economically supporting popular unrest  of a certain segment of the population) is not a good idea.  By declaring war on its own constitution, the CIA is trying to foster a coup they may live to regret.  In the meantime, our supposedly publicly controlled CBC simply follows the American Way, with about as much independent thought and investigation in their media coverage as a puppet on a string.