This week, Maxime Bernier made a series of tweets about Justin Trudeau’s endless mantra, that’s he’s trying to make into an unofficial Canadian motto: Diversity is our strength.
Bernier was responding to Trudeau's visit to the scene of the Toronto Danforth shooting, where that was the PM's key message.
So Bernier weighed in on Twitter:
Trudeau keeps pushing his “diversity is our strength” slogan. Yes, Canada is a huge and diverse country. This diversity is part of us and should be celebrated. But where do we draw the line? (...)
But why should we promote ever more diversity? If anything and everything is Canadian, does being Canadian mean something? Shouldn’t we emphasize our cultural traditions, what we have built and have in common, what makes us different from other cultures and societies? (...)
Cultural balkanisation brings distrust, social conflict, and potentially violence, as we are seeing everywhere. It’s time we reverse this trend before the situation gets worse. More diversity will not be our strength, it will destroy what has made us such a great country.
TONIGHT I'll look at Bernier's tweets in depth, and ask: What is the objection?
I think many Canadians, including many immigrants, would agree with him.
Surprisingly, Andrew Scheer did not throw Bernier under the bus — rather, he simply hid from the cameras, and had an assistant read out a message in favour of diversity and inclusion.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the upcoming Conservative Party Convention.
I wonder whose party it really is. Is it really the party of Andrew Scheer — fear of the CBC; love for the Quebec Dairy cartel; terror about anything regarding culture, national identity, patriotism.
Or is it the party of confident, patriotic conservatism, that has enough self-respect to stand up to statue-destroyers and history-deleters?
NEXT: Aaron Gunn of BC Proud, comes on to talk about the scandalous removal of a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in Victoria.
FINALLY: Your messages to me!