MALCOLM: The far-left and the elites hate Canada

By Candice Malcolm, True North -June 20, 2021

Sir Winston Churchill has become the latest victim of the deranged woke mob in Canada. 

[NB – This is a clip from the film The Darkest Hour]

Churchill joins the esteemed club of historical figures who have had their statues defaced or torn down in recent weeks and months in a fit of criminal rage by a nameless, faceless mob. 

Canada’s founding Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, early advocate for universal education Egerton Ryerson, and Canada’s founding monarch Queen Victoria have all become the target of cancel culture and woke leftist vandals. 

And while there is feigned condemnation from left-wing leaders over the illegal destruction of property, there is a growing political and intellectual movement that seeks to legitimize the woke worldview. 

When news broke that Churchill’s statue in Edmonton had been doused with red paint, Edmonton’s wannabe woke mayor Don Iveson failed to condemn the mob. Instead, he promoted the idea that we should apply today’s hyper-politicized speech standards to historical figures. 

Iveson said he welcomed discussions of “addressing historical wrongdoings and inequities like systemic racism,” but simply noted there are better ways to do this than “vandalizing city property.”

Nisha Patel, the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, a taxpayer-funded government position, openly voiced support to the vandals and their political tactics. 

She told Global News that the vandalism simply shows that “any attempt at dialogue or outreach has truly failed,” and that “there are angry people with valid feelings who want to express their frustration.” According to Global, “she added it’s important to note the people who vandalized the statue did not harm anyone.”

You get that? If you’re on the far-left, it’s perfectly reasonable to be angry and express your frustration through the destruction of property. 

Patel goes on to say: “I think if this is what it takes to reach a critical point, where opposition is taken seriously by people who are bigoted, then this is what we have to do.”

In other words, if you oppose the woke mob tearing down statues and erasing our history, you are a bigot and that only further justifies the woke mob tearing down statues and erasing our history. 

Must be nice to be a Poet Laureate.

And of course, Patel is far from the only public figure that seems to hate Canada so much that she wants to destroy every institution in our country. 

Last week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh told us what he really thinks of Canada.

“The reality is that our Canada is a place of racism, of violence, of genocide of indigenous people, and our Canada is a place where Muslims are not safe. They are not. They are not safe. Muslims are not safe in this country.”

That would be news to my husband’s family, who escaped tyranny in Iran and found a peaceful, welcoming home filled with opportunity and freedom in North Toronto. I guess they didn’t get the memo that one politicized tragedy in London, Ontario means that Canada’s one million Muslims are no longer safe in the world’s most diverse, tolerant and open society.

A 27-year-old MP in Singh’s caucus echoed this hatred for Canada in her farewell speech to the House of Commons on Tuesday. 

Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, NDP member for Nunavut, blasted Canada as a colonialist hellhole built on the oppression of Indigenous people and whose history is stained with blood. 

Her angry rant, filled with baseless accusations and fanatical hyperbole, was applauded and promoted by the legacy media. I’ve yet to see a single public figure counter her radical claims or refute his fever-dream excoriation of our country. 

That’s because defending Canada is now passé. It’s much more fashionable to condemn Canada as a uniquely terrible, systemically compromised failed state built by irredeemably horrendous leaders who committed unspeakable atrocities and crimes against humanity. 

If that’s your worldview — and it seems that is the view held by cultural leftist elites these days — then it’s no wonder why they want Churchill’s head on a platter. Sure, he beat Hitler and stopped the Nazis. But Canada, and indeed all of Western Civilization, is just as bad.

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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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