Saturday, March 12, 2016
Rewriting Stephen Harper's Con History of Canada
One of the things I hated the most about Stephen Harper's years in power, was the way he tried to rewrite the history of Canada.
By making it all about the monarchy and war, and erasing all mention of the peaceful values that helped make us the country we are.
So I'm glad to see that the Liberal government is also planning to destroy that part of his foul legacy.
By rewriting that Con history of Canada.
Every new government wants to do two things with history — make it and rewrite it. The new Liberal government in Ottawa finds itself in a position to do both, soon. The rewriting is already underway, on at least three fronts.
A lot of it revolves around redrafting the Conservatives’ efforts to put their own stamp on history during their decade in power. Prime minister Stephen Harper’s government, as we’ll recall, paid special attention to rebranding Canada in bluer hues.
And I'm especially glad that Jason Kenney's citizenship guide is getting the full treatment.
Immigration Minister John McCallum has served notice that the citizenship guide, the same one totally redrafted by the previous Conservative government, is getting another rewrite.
Because who can forget how Kenney's first version erased any mention of the struggle for gay rights?
Canada's immigration minister is apparently denying any role in the removal of references to gay rights from a citizenship study guide released last fall. Asked Wednesday why he blocked any information about same-sex marriage and charter rights protecting sexual orientation, Jason Kenney said: "I did not do such a thing. No, no, you are wrong."
The minister then disappeared into the Conservative caucus room in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill.
Or how Kenney denied it, and then ran for cover.
And who can forget that groteque Con's revised version?
Which was again top heavy with the history of the monarchy.
So Kenney could presumably please the Queen and/or boost his own profile...
As well as being stuffed with references to the War of 1812.
As McCallum said in a recent CBC interview, the current one puts a bit too much emphasis on military history and the War of 1812 in particular.
So Stephen Harper could militarize our history further...
By posing as a Great Patriot Leader.
Even though our country is a product of our genius for peaceful compromise. Harper was no patriot, just a pathetic warmonger waging war on our Canadian values.
And that guide that does not represent who we really are, and should have been scrapped long ago.
As should the Con plans for Canada's 150th birthday which if you remember were also intended to brainwash us into believing the same nonsense...
You know, In his dystopian novel 1984, George Orwell had his Big Brother say this:
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
But we defeated our Big Brother, and we will control our future.
By taking our country and its history back.
And erasing Harper's monstrous legacy...
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