December 11, 2015

Is diversity really our strength? Why Chrystia Freeland made me ashamed to be Canadian

Lauren SouthernArchive

Justin Trudeau appointed Chrystia Freeland as Minister of International Trade, and the mistake of picking someone for their gender over merit is already beginning to show.

I was disappointed and shocked watching the election results, but this video just made me ashamed to be Canadian.

In the exchange, Bill Maher argues we must recognize some cultures are at odds with our own. There are in fact millions of radical Muslims across the world, and many of the refugees welcomed by Trudeau come from cultures that are dominated by Sharia law.

A sensible argument. But Freeland adamantly objects to this and suggests that not only are the cultures that gave rise to Sharia not worse than those of the west, but that the ideas themselves are not inferior either, and that it is offensive to suggest this.

So is Freeland right? Is diversity really Canada’s strength?

I know this may sound crazy, but if Canada were ever under attack I would probably pick a large, well-funded and technologically advanced army over a diverse one. I’m also certain that designating Ramadan, Diwali, Chinese New Year and Cinco de Mayo as national holidays won’t help us during an economic collapse. Likewise, appointing a gender balanced cabinet isn’t going to fix our health care system or stop child poverty anytime soon.

It’s not that diversity doesn’t have any role to play in Canada; it’s just that it’s ridiculous to say that it is Canada’s greatest strength. It’s simply something that’s nice and politically correct to spout out to the media – it won’t actually help us in any real world situations. Freeland uses “diversity is Canada’s strength” in much the same way that Trudeau uses “it’s 2015”, which is to end a conversation. The argument essentially is that if you contradict us, you’re a bigot. How dare you disagree with political correctness in the current year. Don’t you dare suggest diversity isn’t the best thing that’s ever happened to us.

Communities that speak the same language and share a culture together are stronger than those compiled of multiple different ones. Homogeneous nations bond together with a common identity – they do not fall apart and fracture in the same way that heterogeneous countries can do. In fact, if you look at examples of these nations such as Northern Ireland or Lebanon, you can clearly see huge ethnic and cultural divisions. Politicians have been trying for years to create a coherent strategy of power sharing between different sectors of society. I would rather not face this difficult situation in Canada – a consociational government comprised partly with supporters of sharia law would not be a positive outcome.

I don’t think anyone can disagree that it is enlightening, eye opening and educational to participate in different cultural events, make friends who grew up in different cultures, learn different dances and try different foods. We can discover the history of different groups, their traditions and their religions. I certainly can’t argue that any of these things are negative aspects of diversity. However, such things only come to fruition when dealing with peaceful groups – this is not the reality of the forced diversity that we have in the west, which is what Freeland wants to implement. The new cultures that are being imported into Canada have different core ideological principles to ours; some of their key tenets also go against basic Canadian values, such as the rule of law and equality between men and women.

In fact, this is exactly what Maher highlights in the video when he points out the extreme totalitarianism of Sharia law. Freeland, chillingly, continues to state that all ideas are equal and repeat “diversity is Canada’s strength” like a broken record. It is easy to see that Trudeau and his cabinet have yet to wrap their heads around the simple fact that those who want our laws and social norms to be based on the teachings of the Koran are at odds with a democratic culture that supports freedom.

The real strength of Canada is not diversity, but our culture of liberty and the fact that we accept those people who want to embrace or conform to it. I worry that our government no longer concerns itself with properly ensuring that migrants reject their old authoritarian ideas and integrate into liberal western society. I fear that Trudeau’s narrative is more important to him than safety of Canadians and our wonderful history.

War is peace, freedom is slavery, diversity is strength.


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commented 2016-05-04 17:40:58 -0400
Someone should actually investigate to see if what she says is factual.
I tend to believe it’s all a pack of lies!
I know for example that you cannot just drop in on a head of state or major corporation unannounced.
As for all the interviews, since she sounds like vinyl, she should simply record her BS once and then ship it to all the interviewers.
So, what trade agreements did she sign, if she signed any, they should be public knowledge.

commented 2016-02-27 14:53:57 -0500
I’m ashamed your Canadian too>
commented 2016-02-10 00:04:07 -0500
Ha Ha , thats funny everyone saying were ashamed of being canadian cause of that bimbo and here cabinet takes video of her on bill mayer out so none of us can see it .She made a fool of herself and bill mayer did too.
commented 2016-02-01 01:29:34 -0500
WOW – It looks like she had the video deleted. The post on her facebook page with the comments was deleted as well.
commented 2016-01-06 16:04:35 -0500
Well said Debra… I would also like to add when they say “diversity is our strength” they actually mean their strength… Not strength for MainStreet Canadians as it weakens us considerably. And their strength is buttressed up by the in-house foreigner vote.
commented 2016-01-04 17:46:41 -0500

Anyone else notice the video is gone? Headmistress Umbridge must have had the video removed…
commented 2015-12-27 02:15:06 -0500
She is an embarassment to be a canadaian.
commented 2015-12-20 07:45:03 -0500
This attack on Canada and our way of life began with PET and his multicultural utopia, but it essentially was an attack on the English, and we are seeing the effects now. The Charter is another tool that PET has used to allow our legal system to overrule those elected to make our laws, and their interpretations have been to destroy the rights of the majority. We now have an immature narcissist at the helm, who doesn’t have a clue how to tie his own shoes, let alone run a country. This is an intentional attack on the values and lifestyles of Canadians, and our rights no longer matter. The freak at the head is a deceptive nobody, who will allow others to ensure our Christian values will be used to destroy us.
commented 2015-12-17 19:23:52 -0500
Bravo JD Vetman..!!!!!!
commented 2015-12-17 19:09:18 -0500
I posted this comment in another blog on the site but it applies here as well

I guess that’s what they call people who wish to preserve their language and culture (all descendants of European people) from the onslaught of forced immigration policies by gov’ts who no longer serve the will of the people who elected them.
Even through nonviolent means of expressing our concerns as we watch the country we grew up in change before our very eyes in ways in ways that favor immigration policies over established Canadian families and values.. The information is all out there published in non biased non derogatory platforms.
 Nothing good will come of becoming a minority in our own country by the mass importation of people who have no wish or desire to assimilate into a gentle and non war like culture whose goals and visions for the future are not the same as our own,but will bring their cultures and problems with them that will bear the ugliest fruit when they are the majority and have political power through their own representatives in Parliament..
The blacks have NAACP, black TV, all black beauty pageants, all black colleges with funding and scholarships only for blacks and more..
If a white person even dared to have an all white TV program designated as all white or an organization that was dedicated only to whites as militant as the NAACP every bleeding heart liberal in the world would be screaming racist and looking for blood. 
I don’t believe that any race in the world should have one privilege over another, the white race included to that but that we should stick to our own , support and promote ourselves as passionately as all the immigrants in this country are allowed to do.
We have been taught to hate ourselves as white people and accept the importance of all other cultures over our own and stand by and watch helplessly as our people disappear from history in a attempt to homogenize our Nation… 
As a country we cannot absorb 250,000 immigrants each and every year… except for one year a while ago which was 500,000.. We are importing a medium size city into the country each and every year for more than the last 15 years.
We do not have an abundance of jobs to justify these incredible amounts of people as well as the negative impact that  occurs  when you have too many people looking for too few jobs. The sociological ramifications from this type of event will not be completely understood until it’s too late to do anything about it.
If  concerns about my nation and my peoples makes me a racist then I  plead guilty and believe that word should be reinterpreted to something that more resembles the right to speak in defense of their own people who are persecuted.
commented 2015-12-14 21:59:07 -0500
This woman should be wearing an ankle bracelet to be closely monitored for her movements . This is what happens when JT and his regime interject selective genitalia for cabinet; regardless of intelligence, integrity, or common sense. Our PM must have stuck the sap sucker deep into the septic system to pull this one out.
commented 2015-12-14 15:50:58 -0500
She was handpicked for her stupidity, and it’s certainly showing through. She must repeat her lines thousands of times, in order to brainwash herself into believing that trash that she spews. She certainly does not speak for most Canadians, including this one.
commented 2015-12-14 13:39:43 -0500
Who is this Chrystia Freeland?? Our Minister of International Trade?? WTF!! Bill is talking about how oppressive Islam can be and she spews pure stupidity “the bible says eye for and eye…..” what an embarrassment to this country. Wow, she should be fired for her stupidity. Obviously one of Princess Justin’s favorites.
commented 2015-12-13 20:09:31 -0500
Coupla points: first, from the video; Freeland is in full Liberal mode there. I think the problem is that liberals and those with a bit better than basic intelligence disagree on what the concepts we are all referencing actually mean. We think that diversity as applied to immigration and refugee policies should mean that if a percentage of a certain identifiable group are showing tendencies to do things here in Canada that the vast majority don’t want to allow here we, as a society, should act to protect that society by showing some discernment as far as whom we let in and allow to join us in our magnificence. Thus our country is strengthened, one could admit by stacking the deck in our favour, but to us the alternative is to just let anyone in and somehow avoid the obviously forseeable problems that policy would ultimately lead to. Liberals think the concept of “diversity” in the same circumstance is (to avoid the possibility of offending anyone) to allow everyone in and assume that because we are so freaking awesome and the (Liberal, of course) Canadian government is so beneficial and awesome and caring and (above all!) inclusive that whatever bad characters our open borders policy has allowed to slip thru will magically transform from the evil “bad” muslim jihadi to the more preferred “moderate” muslim. Second: Lauren says that cultures that are homogenous have an advantage, strength-wise. She’s obviously right. So, we need to make sure that all immigrants identify themselves as Canadians, and that really we all need to, to make Canada stronger. Let’s eliminate the hyphenated Canadians! A good law would be one that says that there are only 3 classes of people in our country: citizens, convicted prisoners, and visitors. All citizens would have exactly the same rights and responsibilities as every other citizen, no exceptions, and totally eliminate all french-Canadians, FN-Canadians, whatever. You’re either Canadian, or you’re a visitor and you can call some other country home. Or go to jail.
commented 2015-12-13 01:08:15 -0500
sorry, I spelled her name wrong. Chrystia.
commented 2015-12-13 00:59:49 -0500
Christina, I am getting pretty tired of people saying that the Bible says “an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)” and think they not only know what they are talking about, but assume it means we are allowed to be violent. People that quote this don’t know where in the Bible it is, or in what context it is used. Just so in the future you choose to use this as part of an argument, please note- it is from the Old Testament. It means that only equal punishment is permitted for an offense ie if Bob socks John in the nose, John is not allowed to break Bobs arms in retaliation. This law was to keep some semblance of civility and self control, so the world doesn’t crumble into the insanity that we are seeing all over the world these days.
commented 2015-12-12 18:17:03 -0500
We have a Democracy built on the flimsiest of assets…‘popularity’. Our elected representatives don’t have to know ANYTHING about government. They go to their offices and are guided by civil servants whose interests are fulfilled by getting to do as little as possible while getting paid as much as possible. And, don’t get the bureaucrats angry with you…those who built their featherbedded system know how to have it grind to a halt.
commented 2015-12-12 17:08:28 -0500
Angus King said he had a female Muslim foreign exchange student live in his house for a year. I wonder who this foreign exchange student was and what were the circumstances of the exchange? I have not heard of any Muslim country participating in foreign exchange. Even a “moderate” would not want their kids living with an infidel. Even more preposterous is to say a female. Even at the end of the video Bill mentions a female Muslim guest who was not able to leave the home without a male chaperone when she was young. Either he is lying or this student was a European convert.
Going to Freeland. She could not articulate one point and as typical libtards all she could do was sloganeering and false accusations. The comment “Bill, your show is all about pointing out the dumbness of Americans” only show how smug, insulting and stupid the Lauerntian elites are. They take their beliefs as final and global. While they feel superior to Americans most Americans and even liberal ones have an adoration for America and find it insulting to be called dumb. Is that what we have here in Canada now? Is that the best we can do is having mentally challenged people elected and elevated to the most influential positions? I feel sick and ashamed to be Canadian.
commented 2015-12-12 14:40:54 -0500
What a complete, delusional idiot. Kind of sucks for Freeland when she can’t automatically be right in a discussion with non-Canadians. The Canadian press couldn’t help her out on that one so she bumbles along making us all look stupid and naive. It is a crap shoot figuring out what Liberal ministers will drone on about outside of their appointed portfolios. In fairness to them though We should really accept the fact that they (Liberal ministers) are far more enlightened than your average citizen of the planet.
commented 2015-12-12 10:57:10 -0500
“Diversity” of and by itself is of no intrinsic value to society. The most successful, long lived societies have been mono-cultured, mono-linguistic and monotheistic (Egypt, Babylon, Rome, Europe’s nations, China). America ,and Canada to a lesser extent, were the great experiment in pluralistic free society ( a sort of big tent of ethnicity under Anglo-American rule of law values) . The only thing that made the American experiment as a pluralistic nation work (where all previous efforts failed) was the social construct of the cultural/linguistic “melting pot” and conformity to a common national vision – where by many cultures and ethnicities were congealed under a common American constitutional value system. That way you could be a Greek American in your home and private associations, speak Greek, have Greek food, weddings and religious observations, but you were damn well Amerian and believed in the American way of life -freedom, equlity, national duty and self determination under law.

This worked pretty well until the spread of cultural Marxism from the 60s on where the idea of multiculturalism, disavows a national common vision and celebrates divisive policies where each pidgeon-holled social group is told to be different and that their small cultural enclave (ghetto) is equal to the national host culture/vision/values. This has been the most socially devisive and nationistically damaging policy ever – and seing how cultural Marxism is founded upon deconstructing nations and destabilizing social cohesion, the fallout of Multicultural policy seems to be yielding what was it was meant to do.
commented 2015-12-12 09:28:40 -0500
Bravo Zulu – I said when he was elected, that we now have our very own Kim Jong-Un. I wonder if when he tires of trying to force Canadians to submit to and accept an evil ideology, if we’ll be arrested and detained, to stifle our voices for freedom further. I just hope that those who voted for him are paying attention. We may never be able to rid our country of this dictator, thanks to those who couldn’t see past the stream of lies, that were being used to distract them from the real dangers of electing this man-child, and that would be the UN’s Agenda 21 plan, that they are implementing against the will of the people.
commented 2015-12-12 08:59:45 -0500
Diversity will kill Canada – because it is a religion unto itself – one that says we MUST have differences to make us richer when in fact it will kill us all.

The evils of islam and the evils of all of its followers will come to the front soon enough.

In the meantime – plane loads of welfare recipients keep landing in Canada – invited by the gay boy pm – the new dictator of Canada.
commented 2015-12-12 06:53:57 -0500
All these appointments, catch phrases used by the left wing and Libs are truly peripheral semantics. Cosmetics = Diversity. Too much too fast. “Walk before you run” This takes time. The surface appears smooth, but under the surface is deep resentment on all sides. The newly sworn have no idea what it means to be Canadian. They are being told “welcome to Canada, now please begin your own country here”. It’s criminal a man appointed for only a few years to represent our country is given the power to change its very fabric. To disregard the fundamentals that made this country the True North Strong and Free. Any changes that compromise the very fabric of our culture should be approved by the people. We may be only a 147 years old, but we are made of immigrants from all walks of life with a “common united cause”. One people, one country. That’s the difference I see here and I challenge anyone who says we do not have a “Canadian” culture or way of doing things. We fought 2 World Wars and the US to prove it. We were used as “Shock Troops” in WW1. It’s not hard to see that desire to overcome our opponent when you see our boys on the ice! Makes us all feel proud “as Canucks” to see team Canada kick Ace! We breed a particular individual that does not submit to defeat. The will to win “eh”. You see it in our soldiers when they work alongside other nationalities in a war zone. You see it in our civil services, the strength and commitment to help others regardless of the danger to themselves. Here in Canada we say Merry Christmas! with all our hearts. These leftists’, this Gov’t, are not strong enough to protect us, our culture, our country. We have given control to the weakest of us, the most easily offended, and unfortunately the one’s who would do and say anything to get that PM’s position. The one’s now responsible to protect our country. JT does not represent my Canada.
commented 2015-12-12 00:10:10 -0500
The left uses terms like diversity, racism and islamaphobia to stop any open and honest discussion. Check out the Intelligence Squared debate on “Islam is a Religion of Peace”. This is the most open and honest discussion on a subject that the current leaders in Canada and the US (and most of the media who support them) do not want us to have.
commented 2015-12-11 21:58:41 -0500
Most of you folks are too young to remember…BUT, our PM’s daddy referred to Canada as ,not a ‘melting pot’, but a grand mosaic. Sadly he was correct. In a mosaic, there is no blending. If you stand back far enough, everything looks fine…it isn’t until you get up close that you can see the flaws. Our ‘diversity’ looks like a strength until you get close enough.
commented 2015-12-11 21:55:40 -0500
All Muslims are commanded in the Koran to attack and kill infidels until all men are Muslim or the slaves of Muslims.
Does Crystia Freeland really believe that this and similar passages are compatible with Canadian values? Vote liberal and these will be our new values.
commented 2015-12-11 21:54:57 -0500
For the most part, I like diversity. What I don’t like, is when some other cultural group tries to make it look like they are constantly getting oppressed by another group, and makes all sorts of demands. I don’t like it when people play the race card, when race is not an issue. I don’t want to walk on egg shells out of fear that an observation I made of somebody’s skin colour automatically qualifies me for being a bigot. And I definitely do not want to hear affirmative action being justified out of the name of diversity and representation.
commented 2015-12-11 20:58:44 -0500
I have one of the Rebel’s “Don’t Blame Me I Voted Conservative” stickers on the back of my truck. After watching that video, I am going to buy two more. God help Canada!
commented 2015-12-11 20:25:25 -0500
Where did they find this woman? I am embarrassed that someone like that is a representative of Canada. Such an idiot!!
commented 2015-12-11 20:06:38 -0500
Chrystia is a certified Idiot – it was fun to watch her get school by a shill like Maher. I look forward to seeing what happens to this big progressive experiment that Canada has now become. But we need to see it after about 10 years of this nonsense. Right now they are spending the fruits of years of hard work.