Saturday, September 24, 2016
Standing Up For Our Values In A Bigoted World
I'm really looking forward to this weekend. It's going to be warm and sunny, and perfect for biking, or sailing.
And on Sunday, in this park in my neighbourhood, there is going to be a big book fair with lots of authors and artists. So it couldn't be better, or more lovely Canada.
But I can't forget what's happening to so many people in this nightmare place.
And ever since I found out that Chris Alexander and Kellie Leitch will be reuniting.
I can't help wondering what might have happened to some of the Syrian refugees now living in this peaceful country if the Cons had been re-elected?
Would they have admitted as many refugees as the Trudeau government did?
Or welcomed them as warmly...
Or would they have slammed the door in their faces, and used xenophobia to pleasure their rabid bigot base?
Like Donald Trump is doing in the United States.
Donald Trump on Wednesday described the threat posed by Syrian refugees as not “only a matter of terrorism, but also a matter of quality of life”. The statement marked a new escalation of Trump’s rhetoric warning of the danger of admitting into the US Syrian refugees, whom he has repeatedly compared to the Trojan horse.
By portraying Syrian refugees as a threat, or poisoned skittles...
Just like other right-wingers and neo nazis are doing all over Europe...
Luckily of course we'll never know what the Cons might have done, because we defeated our ghastly racists and xenophobes.
And we have been able to bring in about 31,000 Syrian refugees without triggering the ugly backlash seen in other countries.
Which makes us different, in a good way, as the great BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet points out in this story called "Canada is my country now."
I love stories like that one, that show refugees as humans struggling to adapt to life in their new home. Not as some kind of deadly threat.
And show Canadians at their best, trying to live up to our values in an ugly bigoted world.
There are many challenges ahead, and we can do better.
But keep up the good work Canada.
I was right about my country AND the weekend...
Have a great one everybody...