Thursday, November 12, 2015
Harjit Sajjan and the Con Racism Epidemic
As you know, I think Justin Trudeau's decision to make Harjit Sajjan Canada's defence minister was an inspired choice.
Firstly, because it sends out a powerful message of real diversity and inclusion.
And secondly, because no Con is ever going to accuse him of being soft on terrorism. Not after this letter from the coalition commander in Afghanistan.
Sajjan was considered “the best single Canadian intelligence asset in [war] theater” whose "hard work, personal bravery and dogged determination undoubtedly saved a multitude of Coalition lives," according to the letter, recently obtained by National Observer.
Which as I have pointed out, can only make us feel safer than Jason Kenney ever did, with his grotesque War on the Niqab...
So you can imagine how I feel about this bigot story.
The Canadian Armed Forces is investigating racist comments about newly appointed Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made by a soldier on Facebook. The military declined to identify the soldier or precisely what was written but a source said the non-commissioned member, a Quebecer, made an “inappropriate statement” about Mr. Sajjan’s “ethnic background.”
And while I'm happy the military is making all the right noises.
“Racist attitudes are not compatible with military ethos and with effective military service. Any conduct that reflects such attitudes will not be tolerated... As previously stated by Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance, bullies have no place in the organization.”
I think the generals need to do more than that, and give the bigot the boot.
Expose him, publicly humiliate him, and use him as an example to others.
Not just because we need to take back our army, whose reputation has already been soiled by reports of rampant sexism.
But also because we need to start taking our country back, from the depravity of the Harper regime.
Who used bigotry as a weapon for crass political purposes...
And infected this country with an epidemic of racism, that sickened many Canadians, and shamed us in the eyes of the world.
So now that the Cons finally have been defeated, we do need to send out this salutary message:
This country is under new management.
It's now called Canada not Harperland.
The night of the bigot is over.
And enough is enough...
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