Since last summer, you’ve been hearing that Kellie Leitch is controversial, a racist, a xenophobe because of her proposal to screen immigrants and refugees for anti-Canadian values.
Leitch and her supporters have been denounced in every corner of the media, and they’ve been called divisive.
Turns out if that’s true then an awful lot of Canadians are united around what the media and political elites consider awful instead of down right normal.
If her proposal and her supporters are all racists then it seems the majority of the country are racists, which of course is not true. So how can I say this?
Watch as I share the results of new polls, one completed by a stalwart of the industry, that helps put this all into perspective. This is the silent majority.
Politicians and most media types have run away from her idea screaming racist and saying anyone that backs it is racist but clearly, this isn’t the case especially when we see support crosses through all political parties.
Generally, Canadians have positive views of welcoming people and a multitude of cultures filling the land but that doesn’t mean they want the country to change.
They want what has happened for generations to keep happening, and that is, for immigrants to change more than the country does.
As for how much immigration there should be, most are worried that the rates are too high and will change the country forever. They also worry particularly about the integration of Muslims, with some even saying they agree with a ban.
But these poll results don’t show a racist Canada to me. Racists do exist in this and every other country and in every culture, but it’s not the sole purview of white people.
What they show is an open and welcoming country that wants to ensure those that come, come for Canada, for our values, our way of life, our customs and culture - things that have made Canada great and a beacon to the oppressed.
It does no good for someone who wants to escape Karachi or Mogadishu to then turn around and change Canada to be more like those places - they left that life for good reason.
The polls show while Canada remains open, we want to protect our borders, our culture and despite what our prime minister says, we have one.
Canadians know it, the whole world knows it and if the political and media elite would listen to the great unwashed instead of drinking each other’s bath water, maybe we could get something done.