Sunday, January 29, 2017
Justin Trudeau, Scotland, and the Values That Define Us
It was only a tweet, but it was like a flash of decency in a darkening world.
It has been favourited more than 500,000 times already.
And it did send a powerful message to the bigot demagogue Donald Trump.
In Canada, refugees are still welcome.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reassuring refugees they will still be welcome in Canada despite a U.S. ban on Muslim travellers and refugees. In a series of tweets Saturday, Trudeau said Canada will continue to welcome refugees and immigrants.
And if that made me proud to be a Canadian.
Imagine how I felt when I saw this tweet from Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland.
Because it only reaffirmed that the other country I love also shares my values...
It was one of the first countries to welcome Syrian refugees with open arms.
And although the Brexit Cons in London are turning Britain into a jungle, where bigotry runs rampant, even its precious National Health Service is being destroyed.
And Theresa May, the new Thatcher, is kissing Donald Trump's large behind...
In the most shameless manner.
Scotland is trying to be a kinder, gentler society.
The kind of society I believe in.
So I'm glad to see both countries are being celebrated by Americans, even as their own country is enveloped by the darkness of Trump.
As Americans gather to protest the actions of the vain, ignorant, cruel, braggart occupying the White House, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau displays the kind of leadership that makes a nation round.
With our values and our policy compared to his.
This is the official policy of the United States. Abandoning those most in peril. Cowering against even the perception of danger. Locking people out on the basis of religious bigotry. This is Trump’s idea of “things are going nicely."
And in that regard I found the juxtaposition between this headline in the American magazine The Hill, and Kellie Leitch's ghastly ad ironic and instructive...
And when I checked out Leitch's Twitter feed to find out how she was reacting to Trump's refugee ban, I found her silent on that subject.
But still going after Canadian Muslims...
Now by attacking a private member's bill asking the government to do more to fight Islamophobia.
And by so doing, proving without a doubt that Leitch Trump is indeed a nasty bigot, and her so-called "Canadian Values" campaign is nothing but a farce.
As well as proving that the Cons, who disgraced themselves during the last election campaign, will never change...
They are the Hate Party, they must never be allowed to govern this country again.
Justin Trudeau's values are our values. And whatever you may think of him, values define a country more than anything else.
So good for Justin.
And of course Scotland forever...