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Aug142018

Another Bernier Bomb

Another Bernier bomb has burst on the scene this one on multiculturalism and diversity. It is too bad that he takes it upon himself to do these things, whether to get attention or to satisfy his ego. I like the guy and always have, but in politics you still must be a team player, unless you want to create your own team.

Bernier has left Scheer with little choice except to kick him out of caucus. Failure to do that will haunt the Conservatives in the next election (I can already imagine the election ads from both the Liberals and the NDP) and failure to do so will invite further attacks from the sideline that look more and more like attempts to undermine the authority of the leader, who won the leadership whether Bernier likes it or not. Now Conservatives and Canadians wait to see what Andrew Scheer does.

I was around when the Conservatives dealt with different aspects of multiculturalism and diversity and served as a Conservative ministerial Chief of Staff at Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship. I have met with dozens of groups and communities, all so proud to be Canadians.

Conservative MP Erin O’Toole said it best on Twitter yesterday:

“There has been a lot of talk the last couple days about Canada’s diversity. Specifically, about how diversity is compatible with our Canadian identity.

Throughout Canadian history, Conservatives have routinely broken down ethnic and racial barriers in public life – helping establish Canada as one of the world’s most welcoming countries for newcomers.

Canada's first Chinese, Greek, Ukrainian, and Japanese MPs were Conservatives. Canada's first Korean, Pakistani, Filipino and Vietnamese Senators were also Conservatives, as were our first black, Sikh, Innu, and Inuk cabinet ministers and our first Muslim and Hindu MPs.  

Conservative governments also have a proud history of passing landmark legislation recognizing the diversity of backgrounds that have shaped our country. This includes Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s Canadian Bill of Rights in 1960 and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney passing the first Multiculturalism Act in 1988.

Today our country faces challenges, but to suggest the challenges are because of “diversity” – either too much or too little – is simplistic & shows a disconnect with our past and present.

Canada is a successful country because we respect diversity and have had, by and large, a rules-based system that treats individuals fairly, regardless of their personal backgrounds. Conservatives have always understood this and will continue to fight to protect it.”

Reader Comments (3)

Read Anthony Furey and Tarek Fatah in today's Sun. Perhaps you need another point of view.

August 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGarfield

I just now discovered your post and cannot agree at all with your take. Bernier has and is expressing the views of the majority of Canadians which are very different from the views of the "elite" establishment. It is more than disappointing in seeing Scheer and a good number of the CPC attempting to outLiberal the Liberals on this and on the carbon tax scam. I prefer a leader who puts the welfare of Canadians and Canada first, and clearly we do not have one.

August 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlain

Let Bernier talk. A lot of the regular folk are truly fed up with banal lectures on multiculturalism, tedious sermons on the somewhat dubious benefits of diversity and psychobabble apologies in relation to political figures who were carrying on in the way that was expected at a certain point in history. October 2019 cannot come soon enough.

August 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMax

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