Saturday, June 13, 2015
Horror Story: The Ghastly Picture of Chris Alexander
As some of you may know, I like to compare the Con Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, to the ghastly portrait in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's classic story.
Except in this story Dorian is Chris, and his portrait starts to turn monstrous after the once young bright diplomat sells his soul to Stephen Harper.
And today I have another scary chapter in that horror story.
Which begins when Alexander is interviewed, appropriately enough, by Vice Magazine.
Where in the course of explaining why the Cons are fighting a court decision allowing women to wear niqabs during a citizenship ceremony, he delivered this gem:
The overwhelming majority of Canadians want that rule to continue to apply. We've done a lot in the past year to strengthen the value of Canadian citizenship. People take pride in that. They don't want their co-citizens to be terrorists. They don't want people to become citizens who haven't respected the rules.
Which seemed to suggest that women who wear niqabs are terrorists.
And since Chrissy has gone on about that a LOT, and once confused niqabs with hijabs...
I was naturally alarmed AND disgusted.
Especially since as I pointed out yesterday, the Cons are again playing the dirty game.
And stirring up bigotry for crass political purposes.
But then believe it or not, it got even worse.
Because when challenged by the Liberal MP John MacCallum, Alexander responded by accusing the Liberals of being the "racist party."
“I would invite that member to apologize for decades of racism by his party under Mackenzie King blocking South Asians from coming to this country, blocking East Asians from coming to this country, blocking Caribbeans from coming to this country, the injustice of backlogs under the Trudeau regime and the Chretien era,” Alexander fired back.
“It is that party that has been the racist party in this parliament over decades,” Alexander concluded.
And since that gave me a concussion, after I fell out of my chair laughing, I think I'll leave Paul Wells to finish this sorry chapter, sum up the situation.
Chris Alexander is Canada’s Immigration minister, and during the longish period when he was an MP but not yet a minister, people used to say a smart fellow like him should totally be in the cabinet. Now fewer people say that. Let’s see why.
And correct the record...
In 1885, the federal government passed the Electoral Franchise Act, which excluded all Chinese persons, whether naturalized or not, from the federal franchise. … Macdonald justified the denial of the franchise on the basis that the Chinese worker in Canada was merely a sojourner, and while ‘valuable, the same as a threshing machine or any other agricultural implement,’ the Chinese immigrant to Canada ‘has no British instincts or British feelings or aspirations, and therefore ought not to have a vote.’
Before reaching the obvious conclusion:
So yup, those were definitely laws, plural, that limited immigration to certain groups on an ethnic basis, passed before Laurier and King. It is certainly impossible for Chris Alexander to know about their policies without knowing about Macdonald’s. So he’s a liar.
And delivering the obvious verdict:
Chris Alexander, speaking with the authority of his ministerial office, delivered a delusional and culpably misleading capsule history of Canadian immigration policy. As if he takes Canadians for fools. He’s one of the least impressive ministers in an increasingly weak government bench.
And all I'd add is that Stephen Harper does corrupt them ALL...
And of course, that when the day of justice finally arrives.
Chris Alexander will have to explain his ghastly record.
And his crimes against Canada and its values.
In the box with all the others...
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