Former prime minister Kim Campbell told a University of Alberta audience Wednesday the equality of women is a Canadian value that has found little purchase in a “society of immigration.”
Some individuals in Canadian society, she said, come from cultures that don’t believe in gender equality.
“I’m always very concerned about cultural practices which suggest that women bear responsibility for the sexual behaviour of men,” she said, referring to coverup garments like the burka.
When conservatives say things like this, no one really believes Kim Campbell was ever a conservative, they're denounced as racists. So far I haven't seen any ripples on the pond from Campbell's comments. In part, I suspect, this is because of her lack of importance; no one cares what historical footnote thinks. The other part is that the Establishment Left would find it awkward attacking the First Female Prime Minister of Canada. I suppose she passes for a Canadian feminist icon. Admittedly not a giant threshold to leap.
Campbell's musings are, of course, no more than common sense. Canada is one of the most advanced nations on earth. Most of our immigrant population comes from backward hellholes. When you import people from backward societies you import their primitive ideas as well. The refusal to acknowledge this is a dangerous act of wilful blindness. Campbell should be commended for speaking out.
Her solution, which fits with our traditional pattern of integrating new groups, is to focus on educating immigrants in our values and history. Making it abundantly clear that women possess legal and social equality with men should be utterly uncontroversial. Instead such calls for action are dismissed by the Left as racist dog whistles. No doubt for some they are. That does not change the nature of the threat or the need to act.
In the classic American play Inherit The Wind the character loosely based on Clarence Darrow notes: “All motion is relative. Maybe it's you who've moved away by standing still.” It's a line written with all the earnestness of mid-century liberalism. The Darrow-type character is criticizing the William Jennings Bryan character for his refusal to join modern liberalism's march away from Christianity. In a similar sense Kim Campbell has moved away from the mainstream of the Canadian elite by standing still.
Campbell was born in 1947. She attended university when Women's Lib was emerging as a powerful political and cultural force. Unlike subsequent generations of women she no doubt remembers the social restraints of her mother's era. These are not historical abstractions but lived realities for her. Needless to say that a typical woman in the Third World today would be delighted to have a fraction of the freedoms allowed Canadian women in the 1950s. That says more about their culture than ours.
Leftist women who went to university in the 1980s and 1990s are less concerned with re-fighting feminism's early battles and more with the racial passion play of modern multiculturalism. Living in a position of relative privilege they have decided to sacrifice the needs of some immigrant women on the altar of political correctness. It is a shameful act by people who have no concept of shame.
Kim Campbell is perhaps less a hero than an anachronism. A throwback to an era when basic Western values were presumed to apply to every race, creed and nation on earth. It's a pity that her words will fall on such intentionally deaf ears.
Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that Symphony New Brunswick is benefiting from a boost of $143,571 to its fundraising efforts through the Symphony New Brunswick Foundation.
Prentice's approval ratings have dropped precipitously. From more than 50 per cent in polls conducted in December, Prentice has registered an approval rating of between 22 and 29 per cent in two recent polls, with his disapproval rating topping out at 60 per cent or higher.
In 2012, when the PCs were running behind Wildrose, the polls never showed such low numbers for then-premier Alison Redford. Only in the weeks shortly before her resignation did her numbers turn so sour.
The Other Fella, whose name no one remembers, is poised to become Premier of Alberta in a few weeks time. Of course anything can happen between now and election day. But that this is even plausible in Alberta, land of the perpetual political dynasties, is amazing. That a no name brand politician like Brian Jean, a backbench MP in the federal Tory caucus until late last year, is taking on a former Harper Cabinet Minister like Prentice is utterly astonishing.
The Chinned One was fond of saying that governments aren't defeated, they defeat themselves. He then demonstrated that truism with stunning clarity in 1993. Well he didn't personally having prudently stepped away from that train wreck just before impact, yet the point still stands. The Alberta PCs have so undermined their position that they are on the verge being defeated by a party whose entire senior leadership defected a few months ago. The Wildrose Party caucus today stands at a mere 5 MLAs. No one knows who they are. Much of their back office is in chaos. Their fundraising is a shambles. They're the Bad News Bears of Canadian politics.
And they're still winning!
The defectors have been consigned to political oblivion!
The once seeming invincible Prentice Juggernaut is sinking!
The hell with Quebec, Alberta is the true distinct society. The Alberta Tories are boy scouts compared to the scum that populate the Ontario Liberal Party today. Yet the electorate isn't being completely bamboozled. They're fighting back! They're mad as hell and not taking it anymore. Pitchforks people. Gather them up. March on Edmonton. Show the slackers in the ROC how responsible government works. You elect the bastards and then you keep them nice and scared.
I have no idea if Brian Jean and what's left of the Wildrose will win. I have no idea if they'll be any different from the Tories they'd be replacing. Still it's important that our elected masters get it up the backside once in awhile. If it can happen in Alberta who knows, it might even happen in Ontario.
The Government of Canada has provided the Willow Creek Cowboy Poetry and Music Society with $2,000 in funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program in support of the 15th edition of the Willow Creek Gathering.
John Barlow, Member of Parliament (Macleod), announced this today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Activities at this year’s gathering will include musical performances, poetry readings, and art exhibitions featuring the work of local artists and artisans.
Hang your heads in shame. John Barlow, Shelly Glover, Stephen Harper and the "cowboys" of Willow Creek. What self-respecting conservative doles out money in this way? What self respecting cowboy takes a government check for writing poetry? Even by the pathetic standards of pork barrel politics this is ridiculous. And all for a petty $2000? You couldn't have passed around the stetson and raised all that by your lonesome?
Which given that Justin Trudeau is in public life is saying something:
This issue of government force is a funny one. You could also argue that the government is forcing you to drive below the speed limit or wear a seatbelt in your car. But it’s not. There isn’t a police officer holding a gun to your head literally forcing you to buckle up. In fact, you are 100 percent free to speed and not wear your seatbelt—and simply deal with the consequences if you’re pulled over. Is the threat of the fine for breaking the law amount to “forcing” you to follow the law? No.
That was from a reporter at CNN. That's one of the less crazy 24 hour news channels.
Now two things are possible. Either Sally Kohn is dumb enough to believe that the enforcement of laws don't involve force, or she is arrogant enough to believe that you are dumb enough to think that the enforcement of laws don't involve force. I'm guessing the latter. Your first reaction might be to dismiss this as the absurd ravings of a dedicated and dishonest Leftist, but I'm seeing this as an increasingly common argument.
Glancing back over the last century we've seen the quality of Leftist argument degenerate. At first they were out to remedy the injustices of capitalism. When that didn't work out too well, apparently government bureaucrats are bigger assholes than Robber Barons, they then tried the efficiency argument. If only the government ran the economy there wouldn't be so much "wasteful" competition. Then people started noticing that the customer service at FedEx was a tad better than the Post Office. Oh and that government bureaucrats aren't just assholes, they're grossly inefficient at being assholes.
At a bit of a loose end they then played the race card. Capitalism might be fairer and more efficient than whatever brand of statism they were peddling, but it was an inherently racist system. How was never explained. It was at this point that the Left basically stopped paying attention to empirical evidence and began hoping you would too. How often have you heard Jim Crow described as a product of capitalism? Listen to a Leftist talk about American history for five minutes and it comes up as a matter of course. The thing is that it's industrial grade BS.
Jim Crow, indeed the bulk of institutional American racism, rested on laws passed by state legislatures. These laws not only restricted access to public entities like schools but also interfered in the ability of private individuals to contract. In other words Jim Crow was antithetical to the spirit of laissez-faire capitalism. Calling Jim Crow a product of capitalism is actually more absurd than describing the Lada as a product of capitalism.
Now the Left has basically given up the pretence of making an argument. Government doesn't involve force. Hell no. The friendly officer is just asking very politely that you obey this rule. And if you break the rule then, perhaps, he might get a bit cross with you. Otherwise nothing will happen. It's not like officials of the state have ever beaten, killed or wrongly imprisoned ordinary citizens just because they felt like it. Well not in America. The American government is famous for its legendary restraint and efficiency. It just happens to have the largest prison population in the world.
Government is force. That's the whole point. Men with guns who are ready to use them. Otherwise it's just a debating club that holds its meetings in overly ornate buildings.
Whether they worked in Manhattan or Peoria, IRS veterans talk about something else that kept them at the service: the feeling of camaraderie. It was nice that they appreciated one another, because nobody else did. “You go to a party, and if you say you are from the IRS, half the people move into the other room,” says Richard Schickel, a former senior collections officer in Tucson who retired in December 2013. “After a while, your wife and relatives get tired of listening to your stories. They say, ‘How could you take those people’s houses and their businesses?’ The only place you get understanding is with other IRS people.”
But the diaries do more than offer a peek behind the carefully constructed facade of Duffy's public persona, they reveal a man far more complicated, and perhaps tragic, than the gregarious broadcaster known to Canadians through television.
Duffy's words offer insight on a man who seemed near desperate to please and be popular; to be useful to his new bosses, while trying to maintain ties to his old broadcasting friends.
There were memos, about strategic communications, for instance, delivered to the prime minister, advice about Senate appointments whispered to Stephen Harper's wife, Laureen, and emails offering thoughts and analysis to key Conservatives.
He's that kid in High School who tries desperately to be popular and, unavoidably, fails miserably. It's often been quipped that politics is show business for ugly people. What is less often noted is how both fields attract a disproportionate number of high functioning neurotics. We are ruled, to a great degree, by Peter Keating types.
For those unfamiliar with Ayn Rand's classic novel The Fountainhead, here's the abbreviated version:
Keating is a conformist. He surrenders his judgment and allows other people to dominate his life. In this regard, he is the story's foil, a contrast to its hero, Roark. Everything that Keating does is done under the influence of others. He becomes an architect (although he would prefer the career of a painter), because his mother chooses it. He marries Dominique (although he loves Catherine Halsey), because Dominique's grace and beauty impress other people. In all the important decisions of his life, Keating gives up his own values because other people disapprove of them. Keating lacks the strength of character necessary to stand on his own judgment.
Sounds like anyone you know? Sounds like anyone you've ever voted for? One of the essential problems with politics is that it repels the right type of people and attracts the wrong type. Most well adjusted productive individuals take one look at political life and recoil in horror. It's not just the glass bowl existence that makes their skin crawl, it's the people you have to work with and the lies you must tell as a manner of course. As my mother used to say; it's not decent people work.
The surprising thing about Mike Duffy isn't what he did but that he got away with it for so long. It is duly noted that had the Duffster been an MP, with angry electors to deal with, he likely would have thought twice. The Senate, being a strange Alice-in-Wonderland version of a democratic legislature, this kind of stuff was par for the course.
Now keep in mind that Duffy had been gunning for a Senator's red chair since he fell off the potato truck from PEI. Leaving aside why anyone would leave lovely PEI for dark, cold and stagnant Ottawa, try to grasp what it's like to spend four decades salivating over a job. Two generations have come up between then and now. While the Senate is a plush gig it's not the only gig in Ottawa that pays in six figures. There are plenty of people, with a fraction of Duffy's connections and experience, who are making way more than that as "consultants".
So this isn't about the money. It's likely Duffy was making more as a talking head. Sure the job security and pension is better, but if you've built up a good nest egg neither are terribly necessary. It wasn't money, it was about the illusion of power. All those years spent hanging around the corridors of Centre Block seeing the grand ceremony and formal respect accorded to Senators.
Pierre Trudeau famously quipped that MPs were nobodies fifty feet from Parliament Hill. Senators are nobodies in their own parking lot. Still for a certain kind of man, the political nerd who craves respect and popularity, there is a cache to being a Canadian Senator. Such people need help from trained professionals. And none of those professionals works anywhere near Parliament.