The Return of the “Conscience of Canada”… 2011

The Canadian election of 2011, marks the stunning return, to national public life, of the “Conscience of Canada,” the majority of French-Canadians, who have, for so long, been alienated by the amorality and immorality of the political classes in Ottawa, and their corporate and media cronies, who have destroyed much of what Canada once stood for, not only around the world, but in the hearts and minds of the vast majority of its own citizens.

The malaise there, among Canada’s two founding parties has been so corrosive and deeply embedded, that for years, Canadians have found it impossible to tell a Liberal from a Conservative, or a media columnist from a calumnist.

Throughout Canadian history, French-Canadians, more than any other group of citizens, have consistently “got it right,” in defining what Canadians of conscience, concerned about democracy and human rights, should stand up for.

In fact it’s no accident that the most revered and successful Canadian Prime Minister was a French-Canadian, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who encapsulated the social and political values he absorbed in Quebec and brought to the national stage in Ottawa as a Member of Parliament (from 1877), as Leader of the Liberal Party (from 1887), and as Prime Minister from 1896-1911.) 

No slouches in the military department, French-Canadians rigorously defended Canada, whenever its own territory was under attack by real enemies, like the British in 1759, and the Americans in 1775, and again in 1812.  French-Canadians prevented Canada from becoming American.

French-Canadians have unflinchingly laid down their lives in all of Canada’s wars.

French-Canadians have stood up for human rights, throughout Canadian history.

As a minority, French-Canadians fought – Wilfrid Laurier led the fight – in vain, to defend the rights of the Métis people to their homelands in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and decried the execution of Louis Riel, the Métis champion. The Métis people, they said, are not the enemies of the people of Canada. It would take the federal government a hundred years to admit its mistake and issue a stamp in honour of the man it hanged, and belatedly recognize Métis rights, as if all this could expunge the racist shame.

French-Canadians loudly opposed sending shooting troops to the Boer War in 1899, to attack a Boer minority of farmers in their own homes. The Boer people, they said, are not the enemy of the people of Canada. The poster above, of Boer President Kruger, once hung, out of sympathy, in a Quebec tobacco shop.

It is estimated 10% of the Boer population was killed off by the Soldiers of the Queen. The blood of 26,000, mostly Boer women and children, who died as a result of the war, is not on the hands of French-Canadians.

French-Canadians did not think Canada should jump in, willy-nilly, to take part in what is demonstrably, the most stupid and deadly war ever fought to that time – World War I. That war broke out only because of a festering quarrel between the members of the Royal Houses of Europe – yes current Prince William’s family squabbles – following the assassination of Will’s exact counterpart in the House of Habsburg in Austria – Hungary. The revenge, for the death of the heir to the throne, ultimately cost some 37 million lives. And ended up solving nothing, except to create the conditions that led to an even worse conflagration, World War II, and 75 million more deaths.

The proud product of 10,000 years of white, European, and Christian civilization: two world wars and over 100 million dead, all within under 20 years. What will our political and industrial leaders do for an encore? The world’s 1.5 billion Muslims have an idea…

French-Canadians, with no less conscientious reticence than Americans, thought being drawn into World War II, holus bolus, was not a good move, nor in Canada’s best interests.

In fact President Roosevelt and the Americans, thought likewise, and did not fight in the war for a full two and a half years after Hitler invaded Poland. They did not think Hitler was that bad a dude or dangerous enough to America to get involved. Roosevelt and the Americans only joined World War II when they were attacked by Japan, not Germany. Were Roosevelt and the Americans, and French-Canadians cowardly because of their views? Or acting from considered principle?

Iraq – In the 21st century French-Canadians strongly opposed the sending of shooting troops to attack Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They said Muslims of Iraq and Afghanistan are not the enemy of the people of Canada.

Once more French-Canadians set the moral tone for the conscience of the nation. But this time the vast majority of Canadians agreed with them.

Once again a French-Canadian Prime Minister, Chrétien, refused to sent Canadian troops to make war on Muslim peoples alongside the George Bush Coalition of the Willing to do the Killing.

Afghanistan -The Liberal and Conservative Parties of Canada, both successfully subverted by corporate and racist cronyism, refused to listen to the voices of the people of Canada – and the overwhelming majority of the other peoples and governments of the world. 

Against the clear wishes of the vast majority of the people of Canada, the political bosses in Ottawa, and their corporate and media cronies – Canada’s media outlets and their stable of calumnists, also abandoned their commitment to the people, and openly supported their bosses who wanted the war – committed Canadian shooting troops to this Christian war against the Muslims of Afghanistan carried out by George Bush’s initiated CWILLKILL (Coalition of the Willing to do the Killing.)

Canada’s participation in this racist war – all the invading armies doing the shooting are white European Christian types; all the ones doing the dying are non-white Muslim locals, including untold thousands of women and children – resulted in a disgraceful, shameful, and overwhelming rebuff to Canada’s request for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, by the assembled non-white and non-Christian Peoples of the World, whom God placed in the greatest abundance on the planet.

They said plainly and loudly that they did not like what Canada had become in the 21st century.

Because French-Canadians opted out of participating in contaminated federal politics for some 20 years – and backed a separatist party – it allowed a fringe group or right wing fanatics, who counted on 40 to 50 seats being removed from play in federal elections, to win control of the the government of Canada, even though over 80% of the the people of Canada loudly rejected their policies, and leaders, or refused to vote at all.

In fact, like most French-Canadians, Canadians in historically high numbers, opted out of participating in the charade that passes for democracy in Canada, by refusing to vote at all. Only 59% of the electorate voted in 2008, the lowest in Canadian history.

It vaulted into power the most reactionary, racist, right wing collection of individuals who ever occupied the government of Canada, with the backing of only 20% of the voters… They made Brian Mulroney, previously the most despised Canadian Prime Minister, and who reduced Canada’s founding party to only two seats, look good in comparison.

“Compared to Harper, he wasn’t such a bad guy. No one would even think of accusing him of embracing racist policies, or harbouring racists in his party.”

The central plank in Harper’s election strategy was always plainly racist. He mobilized anti-French racists in the rural regions of Canada to his banner with thinly veiled sneers in denouncing the Quebec federal MPs in Ottawa as “un-Canadian” and worse, saying they were unfit to be there or have a say in the direction of Canada’s government.

Since most French-Canadians voted separatist he was saying most French-Canadians were unfit to be in Canada or the Canada he and his followers wanted.

No Canadian Prime Minister has ever come close to saying anything so racist in Canada’s entire history. And Harper said it in the House of Commons.

Every rabid, right-wing, racist, rube in the rural regions of Canada now had a champion in Ottawa who talked like he made sense.

By repeatedly hammering his openly racist rants he alienated French-Canadians – a calculated good move – as they then withdrew even further from federal parties to support a separatist option, thereby removing 50 federal seats from play, dividing and weakening Harper’s Liberal and NDP opponents, and vaulting his racist rump into the biggest group of MPs and so winning control of parliament.

It is the first time a separatist – as opposed to inclusionary – party won control of parliament in Ottawa – with Harper serving as the ring master of rural and regional reactionaries who were quite willing to define themselves as separate from those who say that Canada should include French-Canadians – even separatists – as legitimate partners in Confederation. 

It is incontrovertibly true that the Harper aberration would never have happened, that a man like him would never, ever, have become Prime Minister, had not French-Canadians been alienated by federal Canadian politicians, and not taken their 50 seats out of play in Ottawa.

It is so low a point in Canadian history that old line Progressive Conservatives, like John Diefenbaker, Joe Clark, and Brian Mulroney, would openly gag at how the party of Macdonald has degenerated to become the haven of rabid, raging, right-wing, racist reactionaries. 

The stunning return of the mass of French-Canadians to vote for federal parties – instead of just a regional separatist one – spells the end of the sneering Harper aberration, under whom Canada bottomed out in more ways than one.

French-Canadians have decided to confront racism, not by withdrawing in pain to La Belle Province, but by re-engaging to fight in Ottawa, and join other Canadian federalists to strangle the monster in their midst.

Canadians everywhere applaud the return of the “Conscience of Canada,” to begin the belated national rejuvenation, and to restore the Canada that once was, in the hearts of its people, and to its rightful place of honour in the mindset of the Nations of the world.

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