Justin Trudeau appointed Chrystia Freeland as Minister of International Trade, and the mistake of picking someone for their gender over merit is already beginning to show.
I was disappointed and shocked watching the election results, but this video just made me ashamed to be Canadian.
In the exchange, Bill Maher argues we must recognize some cultures are at odds with our own. There are in fact millions of radical Muslims across the world, and many of the refugees welcomed by Trudeau come from cultures that are dominated by Sharia law.
A sensible argument. But Freeland adamantly objects to this and suggests that not only are the cultures that gave rise to Sharia not worse than those of the west, but that the ideas themselves are not inferior either, and that it is offensive to suggest this.
So is Freeland right? Is diversity (external - login to view) really Canadaís strength?
I know this may sound crazy, but if Canada were ever under attack I would probably pick a large, well-funded and technologically advanced army over a diverse one. Iím also certain that designating Ramadan, Diwali, Chinese New Year and Cinco de Mayo as national holidays wonít help us during an economic collapse. Likewise, appointing a gender balanced cabinet isnít going to fix our health care system or stop child poverty anytime soon.
Itís not that diversity doesnít have any role to play in Canada; itís just that itís ridiculous to say that it is Canadaís greatest strength. Itís simply something thatís nice and politically correct to spout out to the media Ė it wonít actually help us in any real world situations. Freeland uses ďdiversity is Canadaís strengthĒ in much the same way that Trudeau uses ďitís 2015Ē, which is to end a conversation. The argument essentially is that if you contradict us, youíre a bigot. How dare you disagree with political correctness in the current year. Donít you dare suggest diversity isnít the best thing thatís ever happened to us.
Communities that speak the same language and share a culture together are stronger than those compiled of multiple different ones. Homogeneous nations bond together with a common identity (external - login to view) Ė they do not fall apart and fracture in the same way that heterogeneous countries can do. In fact, if you look at examples of these nations such as Northern Ireland or Lebanon, you can clearly see huge ethnic and cultural divisions. Politicians have been trying for years to create a coherent strategy of power sharing between different sectors of society. I would rather not face this difficult situation in Canada Ė a consociational government comprised partly with supporters of sharia law would not be a positive outcome.
I donít think anyone can disagree that it is enlightening, eye opening and educational to participate in different cultural events, make friends who grew up in different cultures, learn different dances and try different foods. We can discover the history of different groups, their traditions and their religions. I certainly canít argue that any of these things are negative aspects of diversity. However, such things only come to fruition when dealing with peaceful groups Ė this is not the reality of the forced diversity that we have in the west, which is what Freeland wants to implement. The new cultures that are being imported into Canada have different core ideological principles to ours; some of their key tenets also go against basic Canadian values, such as the rule of law and equality between men and women.
In fact, this is exactly what Maher highlights in the video when he points out the extreme totalitarianism of Sharia law. Freeland, chillingly, continues to state that all ideas are equal and repeat ďdiversity is Canadaís strengthĒ like a broken record. It is easy to see that Trudeau and his cabinet have yet to wrap their heads around the simple fact that those who want our laws and social norms to be based on the teachings of the Koran are at odds with a democratic culture that supports freedom.
The real strength of Canada is not diversity (external - login to view), but our culture of liberty and the fact that we accept those people who want to embrace or conform to it. I worry that our government no longer concerns itself with properly ensuring that migrants reject their old authoritarian ideas and integrate into liberal western society. I fear that Trudeauís narrative is more important to him than safety of Canadians and our wonderful history.
War is peace, freedom is slavery, diversity is strength.
source: Is diversity really our strength? Why Chrystia Freeland made me ashamed to be Canadian - The Rebel (external - login to view)
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