Candice Malcolm: Liberal elites have a bigotry problem

by Candice Malcolm, True North, Sept. 13, 2021

Liberal elites in politics and the media have a bigotry problem. They suffer from populist-phobia — an irrational fear and hatred of populist protesters.

Just look at the way much of the media writes off the tens of thousands of anti-lockdown protesters who have overwhelmed the streets in major Canadian cities throughout the pandemic.

Again last weekend in Montreal, Canadians of all walks of life — of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities — came out to protest against vaccine passports. An estimated 50,000 freedom-loving Canadians were peacefully using their voice to say “enough is enough.”

The media either completely ignore the concerns of these protestors, or like Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, demonized them as “angry extremists.”

Trudeau goes even further in his ruthless attacks against populist protesters.

Trudeau referred to them as “those people” — a phrase similar to the one that got iconic Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry fired.

Trudeau mischaracterizes them as “anti-vaxxers” and flat out states that they are “racist and misogynistic.” He repeated these accusations multiple times during Thursday evening’s English leaders debate.

Trudeau saved his most passionate attack of the two debates when he unleashed a tirade at a female reporter working for Rebel News.

Trudeau is the worst offender when it comes to populist-phobia, but he is not alone.

The Leaders’ Debates Commission — a government body set up to take the election debates away from private media companies and run it themselves — went out of its way to exclude populist voices.

Rebel News founder Ezra Levant had to sue the Trudeau government for the privilege of allowing his journalists to attend the debate, and People’s Party of Canada (PPC) Leader Maxime Bernier was excluded altogether with no recourse.

This made the Debates Commission look particularly petty given that two polls released on the days of the debates showed Bernier’s party ahead of the other protest parties and even closing in on the NDP for third place nationally.

An Ekos poll released Wednesday showed the PPC polling at 10%, compared to 3% for the Greens, 4% for the Bloc and 16% for the NDP.

In case you thought that was an outlier, another Ekos poll on Thursday showed the PPC at 11% to the NDP’s 16%.

Love or hate Bernier, he is a relevant national figure with a large following who deserves to be heard.

But instead of listening to the valid concerns of a growing number of Canadians who have flocked to Bernier over his anti-establishment attitude and pro-freedom message, the political elite goes out of their way to demonize and condemn these Canadians.

Contrast this with the way the media have treated angry protesters pushing causes on the political left.

Whether it be the “climate crisis” rallies of 2019, led by the angry Greta, or Black Lives Matter protests that were hijacked by far-left calls to “defund the police,” many journalists went out of their way to defend the extremists and insist that riots and looting were actually just peaceful protests.

Once again this past summer when over 50 churches were vandalized or burned to the ground, there were those who told us it was a reckoning, that the destruction of sacred religious spaces wasn’t violence and that the church burnings were “understandable.”

When left-wing protesters are angry, it’s because they’re righteous and passionate. When populist protesters are angry, it’s because they’re fringe extremists, “racist and misogynistic,” and selfishly putting lives at risk.

Liberals have spent years lecturing Canadians on topics of “diversity and inclusion.” Trudeau routinely chastises conservatives and accuses them of marginalizing various groups of Canadians.

All of that political gesturing feels particularly trite given how readily he dehumanizes the populists

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"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity ... the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This immaturity is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the [European] Enlightenment. "Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large part of mankind gladly remain minors all their lives, long after nature has freed them from external guidance. They are the reasons why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as guardians. It is so comfortable to be a minor. If I have a book that thinks for me, a pastor who acts as my conscience, a physician who prescribes my diet [or vaccine], and so on--then I have no need to exert myself. I have no need to think, if only I can pay; others will take care of that disagreeable business for me. Those guardians who have kindly taken supervision upon themselves see to it that the overwhelming majority of mankind ... should consider the step to maturity, not only as hard, but as extremely dangerous. First, these guardians make their domestic cattle stupid and carefully prevent the docile creatures from taking a single step without the leading-strings to which they have fastened them. Then they show them the danger that would threaten them if they should try to walk by themselves. Now this danger is really not very great; after stumbling a few times they would, at last, learn to walk. However, examples of such failures intimidate and generally discourage all further attempts. "Thus it is very difficult for the individual to work himself out of the immaturity which has become almost second nature to him. He has even grown to like it, and is at first really incapable of using his own understanding because he has never been permitted to try it. Dogmas and formulas [e.g., Leftist ideology, identity politics] these mechanical tools designed for reasonable use--or rather abuse--of his natural gifts, are the fetters of an everlasting immaturity. The man who casts them off would make an uncertain leap over the narrowest ditch, because he is not used to such free movement. That is why there are only a few men who walk firmly, and who have emerged from immaturity by cultivating their own minds." - Kant, "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment"

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