You’ve heard the old joke about how to best persuade a group of Canadians to depart a swimming pool. The answer being to exhort the Canadians to depart the pool. Always seemed a bit unfair, that gag. Sure, Canadians are deferential to authority, but there are limits. We’re not Germans, after all.
Or so I once thought. It’s awfully difficult to tell them from us these days. The Krauts have apologized continuously for their very existence since 1945, while us Canucks got into the mea culpa game as late as 1988 with Brian Mulroney’s apology to Japanese Canadians. The poison in the mosquito sting of Mulroney’s redress was the establishment of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, which describes itself as “Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the elimination of racism and the promotion of harmonious race relations.” And as all Canadians know, the best way to promote racial harmony is to employ racial minorities to insult whites.
Whites, AKA the people formerly known as Canadians, are horrible people. We did found this country, but evidently everything we did in that regard was hateful because once we started apologizing—to the Chinese, the native Indians, the non-native Indians, the Jews, the homosexuals and doubtless others—we couldn’t stop.
It has become fashionable on the Right to mock the Germans for their cowardice. Angela Merkel has decided to swamp Germany with non-Germans. And what are the Germans doing about it? Not much that anyone can see. Of course, even if they were to resist, there’s always the possibility that the German government would order the German media to not report it. And of course the media would comply.
How is the situation in Canada much different? In 1967, our Centennial year, the country was about 97% white. Ottawa decided that year that Canada was too white and that something needed to be done about it but was (and continues to be) economical with the actualité of racial transformation. By 2011, the percentage of Canadian whites had fallen below 77%; it continues to fall about 1% a year. Vancouver and Toronto are now majority non-white or as close as dammit. Canadians are being made strangers in their own land, and what are they doing about it? Not much that anyone can see. Of course, even if they were to resist, there’s always the possibility that the Canadian government would order the Canadian media to not report it. And of course the media would comply.
Not that the Canadian media needs to be ordered, mind you. They are well trained. Consider David Akin of Sun Media. He begins an August 15 column with a quotation from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s response to the police killing of ISIS sympathizer Aaron Driver
Canada is an open, pluralistic democratic society and if we want to maintain those qualities and values then we have to become among the best in the world at dealing with radicalization to violence.
Akin then invites readers to compare Goodale’s light to the darkness of Donald Trump
Our country has enough problems. We don’t need more.
Silly Trump. “The Trudeau government,” Akin declares, “believes fighting terrorism is not done by shutting borders. Trump believes the opposite.” What a dreadful, un-Canadian fellow that Trump is. He simply doesn’t understand that
Immigration could cut to zero tomorrow and there would still be young, disaffected Canadians and Americans watching ISIS propaganda online and signing up to do harm.
No doubt, but would these “disaffected” North Americans have anything in common? Not according to Minister Goodale. The nouns “Islam” and “Muslims” do not appear anywhere in his 665-word statement. Nothing there but a bunch of “lone wolves.” But of course Akin is not going to mention that oversight. Might give Canadians the wrong idea, you see. Akin, unlike Goodale, does mention Islam
ISIS itself, the Associated Press reported Monday, knows that the suicide bombers and jihadist martyrs it needs are those, often from the West, who know little or nothing about Islam but are “reaching for a sense of belonging, a sense of notoriety, a sense of excitement,” Patrick Skinner, a former CIA officer, told the AP. There you have it, from no less than the Associated Press—terrorism has “little or nothing” to do with Islam.
David Akin doesn’t merely paraphrase government press releases, he actually improves on them. What a good little Canadian he is. A shining example of pluralism, Canadian pluralism—the kind where we congratulate ourselves on always saying the same things, the right things, the Canadian things.
How do you empty a pool of Canadians? Have someone in the media say, “Last one in the pool’s a racist.”