Sunday, June 16, 2013
Stephen Harper, Rob Ford, and the Little Canada
As I paddle my way through life I'm sorry to say that so far I don't have much to brag about eh?
Whenever I toot my own horn there is always somebody there, like Seb or my Mum, to gently remind me I'm not perfect. !!@#!!!
But I'm proud to say that I don't have a bigoted bone in my body. I don't just tolerate diversity, I celebrate it. So you can imagine how happy I was to see this story.
The Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF) announced it has reversed its ban on players wearing turbans or related religious headwear on the pitch, saying it is pleased with the international soccer body's clarification on the issue, and it's "deeply sorry" if anyone was offended.
Because that ban never made sense. It was cruel to prevent Sikh kids from playing soccer. And if it wasn't downright racism, it was clearly the product of very narrow minds. Or very small ones. Too small for a country as big and as complicated as Canada.
Which is exactly how I feel about Rob Ford's decision to vote against funding the Pride Week Celebrations.
Not just because of the naked bigotry of the man. Or the way he refuses to march in the Pride Parade, like he marches in the Easter parade...
In fact I'm glad he doesn't attend. Because I'd hate to have to follow him the length of the parade route, with a supersoaker strapped to my back, and a bucket of water in each hand.
Er....I told you I'm not perfect eh?
But what bothers me the most is the cheapness of it all. Trying to deny Pride $140,000 when the event pumps millions of dollars into the city's economy.
And what it says to me is that quite apart from all his other flaws, the man is too small to be the Mayor of Canada's biggest city.
But then he is a Con, and he is just pandering to his bigot base. Just like Stephen Harper does...
For in addition to all his many flaws, Harper is also a sworn enemy of LGBT Canadians. A man who has voted against every bill designed to make them equal citizens of this country, or protect them from hate crimes.
A man who still refuses to say he was wrong about gay marriage.
The legal effect would be nil, but that is hardly the point. Every gay teenager who is struggling to come out, every parent who is struggling to accept a gay child, every pastor or rabbi or imam or municipal counsellor or community elder who has ever stood in a pulpit or at a podium and preached anything less than total love and acceptance would hear the Prime Minister say what, for a decade, he has not — that all Canadians deserve every ounce of equal citizenship, and, in Canada, bigotry will never belong.
A man who has never apologized for this outrageous statement :
A man who in all his years in power has never been asked to explain why he believes that people choose to be gay. Never asked to explain why he doesn't believe in the equality of all Canadians.
True, he has kept his promise not to reopen the issue. But if you think that “he may not support gay marriage, but he has not banned it, either” is an adequate reply, then replace “gay” with “interracial” and say it aloud.
So 44 years after homosexuality was legalized in Canada, anti-gay bigotry still festers, still hurts so many people, still snuffs out so many young lives. And we never see any government programs or messages aimed at fighting the hate that kills.
Like this wonderfully human, and very funny one from Australia, where gay people are still fighting for the right to equal marriage...
Oh sure, I know that in Canada we have gay marriage. But wouldn't it be great to see messages like that one, not just tolerating but CELEBRATING our differences?
And our common humanity.
Messages like the one a great bunch of kids sent to the Quebec Soccer Federation.
Because that's my Canada eh?
A country too big for the small minded cretins and bigots of this country, or ghastly Cons like Rob Ford and Stephen Harper.
Ford the goon buffoon. And Harper the shrunken leader of Little Canada.
“Canadian prime ministers in the past have had that broader perspective, so it’s not a case of saying ‘Here’s someone from Canada, they’re bound to be parochial’. That’s not the case at all,” he said. “It is that someone’s really not speaking for Canada, which is a G8 member, a G20 member, a major player in international affairs. And this wasn’t a speech from a big figure from a big country.”
Who would shame us in the eyes of the world.
Yup. They really are too small to govern.
We can't defeat them soon enough.
And our country deserves better...
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