Thursday, February 01, 2018
Justin Trudeau and the Bigot Nonos
Last Monday night Justin Trudeau attended a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Quebec City mosque massacre.
And during his speech he criticized one of Quebec's largest far-right groups, La Meute or Wolf Pack.
Calling them "nonos" which roughly translates as dummies or bozos.
It's easy to condemn racism, intolerance and discrimination against the Muslim community. We know who is who. It's the racists, it's the other, it's the ‘nonos’ who walk with a dog paw on the t-shirt.”
Only to have Sylvain Brouillete, a former leader of the group, take aim at him.
By releasing this statement on his Facebook page:
“A Nono is someone who thinks that those who criticize an ideology are racists and xénophobes while criticism of ideas is a fundamental right in a democratic society. A Nono is someone who sees a dog's foot instead of seeing the emblem of Quebec with its values of democracy, secularism, freedom and equality.”
Which of course is complete nonsense. La Meute, like other bigot groups in this country, has nothing to do with freedom and equality.
And Trudeau to his credit refused to back down.
Asked by a reporter whether he was unwittingly giving far-right groups free publicity, Mr. Trudeau said he prefers to take on extremists rather than pretend that they do not exist.
"I will always be there to denounce those who don't want to build a better and more open society," Mr. Trudeau said at a news conference on Tuesday. "It is my responsibility as a leader and as Prime Minister … to make it clear when there is hate speech, when there are statements or acts that are unacceptable."
Only to have a Con MP Pierre Paul-Hus attack him...
Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus said the attack on La Meute was unbecoming of a Prime Minister, saying groups should not be targeted because of their vision of the country.
"Canada's Prime Minister must speak in a way that is respectful of people. Calling people bozos, those are not words that should come out of the Prime Minister's mouth," Mr. Paul-Hus said after Mr. Trudeau defended his comments.
As only a Con could.
Even though as the Globe editorial board points out, groups like La Meute deserve to be denounced and ridiculed
Mr. Trudeau wasn't wrong to call out a group that trades in anti-Islamic fearmongering. More than that, he was right to be dismissive of them.
Poking fun at extremists acknowledges they exist, an essential step in combatting their insidious ideas, while also robbing them of the power to intimidate and to dominate the public discourse.
So now what I want to know, is why hasn't Andrew Scheer condemned what Pierre Paul-Hus had to say?
And I'm afraid the answer is only too obvious.
Scheer is also a stealthy right-wing extremist who took forever to disassociate himself from Ezra Levant and his bigot gang.
Even after the horror in Charlottesville.
He is a man who is turning his party into an alt-right front.
A man who must be condemned by all decent Canadians.
And a nono himself....
If Scheer doesn't think La Meute are bozos, he should let Canadians know.
Because if he doesn't condemn what his MP said, we'll know he's one of them.
So we can make sure that him and his Rebel Party are destroyed in the next election.
And never ever govern this country...