March 02, 2016

Liberals want to “tone down” War of 1812 in citizenship guide -- but why stop there?

William HadrianRebel Blogger

As a kid I was fascinated with the history of Canada, especially the War of 1812.

I remember the joy of flipping through textbooks learning about General Brock, Chief Tecumseh, and the United States' failed attempt to annex Canada. 

I have no ancestors who died or fought in this conflict, but it has always played a role in my understanding of what Canada is and was. In grade school we took field trips to nearby Fort Malden. I can still remember the smells of musket fire as actors in scarlet uniforms impersonated British soldiers, and learning that Laura Secord wasn’t simply the name of some overrated chocolate.

The War of 1812 was one of the few moments in Canada’s history that stuck out as something to be proud of, and it romanticized our history.

Canada has always been regarded as the U.S.’s quiet friendly neighbour, its peaceful night cap, yet living on the border with the world’s superpower, I felt a humble sense of pride knowing that it was our little Canada that was once able to stop the juggernaut of American might from conquering us.

The War of 1812 is why to this day we call ourselves Canadian instead of American, why the Union Jack is a proud emblem in our history, why we are a constitutional monarchy, and why French Canadians have retained their identity, (unlike their Cajun brothers who were assimilated in Louisiana).

The War of 1812 may not show up on the radar in American history, but in our Canadian history it certainly does, or at least it should.

However, the new Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, doesn’t agree, and when he’s not busy incompetently mishandling a self-imposed refugee crisis, he’s now intent on "toning down" Canada’s history in Canada’s citizenship guide.

According to him, Canada’s existing citizenship guide is "a little heavy on the War of 1812.” Canada should not boast so loudly that we defeated the United States from invading us, I guess.

To quote the Minister speaking to the CBC on Saturday:

“If you ask an average Canadian what Canada means, maybe they’ll say hockey, maybe they’ll say something else, they’re not likely to say the War of 1812.”

So that’s it? Canada is just about hockey sticks, maple syrup, mittens and igloos? This is the narrative new Canadians are to learn about their country? That Canada is just a hockey team that hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967, and some fermented tree sap?

No, let’s not learn about this land’s history. Let Laura Secord remain a bland ice cream parlour inside Canadian shopping malls!

And let’s not stop there! If the Honourable Minister wants to tone down the War of 1812, there must be other events the Liberal government can tone down too.

Let’s tone down Canada’s role in the First World War; after all it included trench warfare, which meant man-eating rats and flesh-eating gangrene -- vomitrocious! And while we’re at it, let’s tone down John McCrae’s poem "Flanders Fields." I mean, who the hell was Flanders anyway, and what were we doing in his fields? Trespassing?

While we’re at it, let’s just forget about the Second World War, too. Juno Beach is just a place named after that cuddly little polar bear now on exhibit at the Toronto Zoo.

Here's what I predict will end up in McCullum's "new and improved" citizenship guide: hockey, Trudeaumania, maple syrup, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Residential Schools, Trudeaumania, peacekeeping, “Just Watch Me,” Mr.Dressup, Mick Jagger’s sex life -- oh and Polkaroo! I imagine he would have included Canadian bacon, but considering where the vast majority of these 50,000 migrants are coming from, I think we outta tone that down a bit too, dontcha think?

History unifies us, and gives us a sense of purpose and direction. Although at times it may be complex, confusing, and more often than not, ugly -- like the War of 1812 -- we shouldn’t dismiss history or tone it down because it doesn’t fit a political party's agenda.

We’re constantly being told to embrace shawarmas and Diwali because "multiculturalism," but why must we tone down the historical incidents that made Canada Canada before those things came along? What McCallum is suggesting is more than simply naive -- it’s downright arrogant.

George Orwell famously wrote in his dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four that, “He who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past." The Liberals are certainly in charge at present, and as McCallum signaled, they have a great interest in controlling the past too. Although I won’t go so far as to say they’re leading us towards some Orwellian state, this is a party ever eager to attach itself to the very definition of what it means to be a "real" Canadian.

Recall Justin Trudeau's opening remarks at the climate change summit in Paris, immediately after his election win, he proclaimed to the world, “Canada is back!” Canada, only after the election of a majority Liberal government, is now truly back? The Liberal Party seeks to redefine our history because they seek to define our future, and if the glorious victories of General Brock at Queenston Heights, or the gallant stance Chief Tecumseh made at the Battle of the Thames get in their way, then they’ll have no problem removing them, or as McCallum suggests -- tone it down.  

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commented 2016-03-05 09:30:22 -0500
Remove anyone in government positions/leadership etc that hold dual citizenship!
commented 2016-03-03 20:03:16 -0500
I actually ordered a copy of this manual and will order the new one just to see how these cultural marxists warp our history. I read it (You can read it all online. Type discover Canada and you’ll end up at the pubs section of CIC and yer good to go.) and I think I see where the drunk was getting his “Ideological” impression. Canada’s proud military history was given a great deal more ink than our shameful history of watching people slaughter each other on UN “Peacekeeping” missions. (I served in Bosnia in 1993 on OPs in Srebrenica so save your “you weren’t there!” comments) Further, referring to spousal abuse and carving on a girl’s genitalia as “barbaric” doesn’t fit in with the new “Sunni Ways!” kowtowing to the increasingly assertive salafist and deobandi welfare recipients that are our new favoured class of immigrant. I guess St Justin meant it was 2015 for non-muslim women but still 700AD for the new immigrants. Good job Mr.Proud Male Feminist!
commented 2016-03-03 11:06:16 -0500
Canadian Mongrel is correct Canadian history only began when Trudeau the First ascended from below the rock he was hiding under during the Second World War and assumed his rightful place on the throne of Canada.

Has not the CBC declared he was the greatest Canadian ever? What more proof do we need?
commented 2016-03-03 10:01:21 -0500
People…people…you forget that Canada did not begin until 1968. The 101 years of confederation before that and the 200 year colonial period before that it just mythology. In 1968 Canada was without form and void, then God Trudeau said, ‘Let there be ME!’ It came to pass that Quebec and her colonies were then formed. Sadly there was a period of darkness so God Trudeau sent his son to re-establish the faith. That, my fellow Quebec colonialists is the true history of Canada and any stories to the contrary are just myths not founded on expert science.
commented 2016-03-03 07:12:48 -0500
I guess we won’t be celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday then because, you know, it’s full of history. Wouldn’t want to offend anyone with our heroic battles and patriotism
commented 2016-03-02 21:55:18 -0500
I wonder if they included the reason the White House is called the " white House".
I doubt it and i doubt very many Americans know why it is called that, i am sure if they did it would annoy them to no end.
In the 1812 war the US. invaded York ( Toronto) burned it, demolished the "impregnable " block house on Gibraltar Point ( Hanland’s point ).
In retaliation for the burning of York and destruction of the blockhouse, the British fleet sailed up the Potomac and burned the American Capitol.
To cover up the damage wrought by smoke and fire it was necessary to whitewash the
President’s residence from which it derives it’s present name ,the White House.
So the white house is white and has remained that way for 200 years because of American military action on Gibraltar point in the 1812 war .
There were many battles waged in the Niagara area.
So John McCallum, you idiot, i would not say hockey because i have zero interest in it, but i have a very good knowledge of the war of 1812.
I bet you McCallum ) did ‘nt know the White House is called that due to British action
You (John McCallum) are just like you stupid boss, he ( Trudeau) when he talks says Canadians want this or that, the jerk does not speak for me, i i don’t agree with anything he does.
commented 2016-03-02 20:00:13 -0500
Yep, the British beat the US in 1812 and the British kicked the crap out of Montcalm and the French on the Plains of Abraham – on Quebec’s own turf.

Je me souviens up your ass Quebec – losers!!!
commented 2016-03-02 19:19:13 -0500
Slime McCallum and his Limp Leader are into the process of instigating Canadian identity loss, if we have no real history how can we have a future. Trudeau, the dead one, started this trend by altering school history books. He had the battle at the Plains of Abraham looking like a miner skirmish, covered in one small paragraph. In all Military history books, world wide, it is classified as one of the greatest strategic moves in the history of war.

The Trudeau family are to say the least, bloody evil.

With no identity, we are just a bunch of people from all over the world, we prefix Canadian with Polish, British, German and so on. This makes it a simple matter to blend in their Muslim Brothers.

Fk you Trudeau.
commented 2016-03-02 19:13:43 -0500
Peter Karelse commented 1 hour ago
William Hadrian for the record Flanders fields is a place ,specifically northern Belgium, the Flemish part of Belgium, not some guys fields. A little research next time you write something.

He was being facetious you moron….
commented 2016-03-02 18:17:04 -0500
The equivalent of burning history books. If they are not proud of Canadian history, they should not be a part of it. Perhaps they will one day be written out also.
commented 2016-03-02 17:52:23 -0500
The Orwellian trend is definitely where we’re headed, and alarmingly very few Canadians can see this comin’!
commented 2016-03-02 17:50:31 -0500
William Hadrian for the record Flanders fields is a place ,specifically northern Belgium, the Flemish part of Belgium, not some guys fields. A little research next time you write something.