My name is Jeff, and I’m a proud Canadian. While I don’t drink beer, I do like hockey and maple syrup, as well as making endless small talk about the weather. I also believe a couch is a chesterfield, and what not.
I’m a strong supporter of
I’ve always considered myself a proud Canadian. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that, according to my government, I’m not a Canadian at all. Or, at least not a real Canadian, because I’m also a Liberal. I believe in universal Medicare. I believe in a social safety net. I believe in helping those in need, and I believe we have a societal obligation to one another.
And I also think allegations juveniles transferred to Afghan authorities may be abused and the process might be against human rights treaties should, at least, be examined.
Mr. MacKay replied: "What is immensely clear is that the bombast and the blast coming from the member for Bourassa does nothing to demonstrate that his party or that member support the troops.
"These scurrilous allegations that somehow Canadian soldiers are complicit in war crimes is beyond contempt. It is reprehensible. It is un-Canadian for that member to make those kind of allegations in this place."
First of all, jackass, no one is accusing Canadian soldiers of anything, and it is completely chickenshit for you to hide your privileged frat boy ass behind our soldiers while ducking the real issue. Indeed, we owe it to our soldiers to ensure any juveniles they transfer to Afghan authorities are treated in accordance with Afghan law. We should explore these allegations and clear this up TO PROTECT OUR SOLDIERS Peter. That’s your job, Mr. Defence Minister! You know, actually supporting the troops, not just mouthing the words as a political prop.
Instead of doing his job though, Peter would rather lob insults straight out of the U.S. Republican smear handbook, and question the patriotism of those that dare to disagree with him.
This isn’t a new tactic for the Conservatives though. Indeed, the Conservatives have already made it abundantly clear that, as far as
Said Peter Van Loan a little while back:
"Let me tell you what a real Canadian is. A real Canadian is somebody that stands-up for middle class taxpayers, helps working families with lower taxes, stands behind our troops when they're off in
, and who does what he said he would do. That's what real Canadians are, and those are Conservatives." Afghanistan
The Conservatives are heading down a very dangerous, scary road. I don’t need blowhards like Peter McKay or Peter Van Loan to tell me what a real Canadian is, to tell me I’m un-Canadian, or to question my patriotism or my love for my country. How do they think Canadian will react to such tactics, particularly given the fact a majority of the population disagree with their policies?
Accusing people of un-Canadian activities? Is that really the road Harper wants to go down? Because that sort of thing has worked out so well in the past, hasn’t it?
What has made
But accusing someone of un-Canadian activity, or not being a real Canadian? Why that’s practically…un-Canadian. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers