I'm adding another NDP candidate to our catalogue of kooks and radicals in the “Meet Your Destroyers” series. Today's entry is Craig Coolahan, NDP MLA for Calgary-Klein.
Coolahan has spent much of his adult life in union activism, which for him also meant saying rude things to people on the internet who disagreed with his pro-union stance.
And if you haven't heard about Coolahan over the past four years, that's because he's done not much of anything, except try to change laws to keep imaginary Nazis from doing things they weren't doing anyway.
He brought forward a private member's bill to prevent groups who advocate for genocide from registering as a society with the Alberta government. Unfortunately for Coolahan, the supply of neo-Nazis did not meet the demand. Even he couldn’t cite one example that would have necessitated the change in the law.
Legislating against imaginary societies of phantom white supremacists at least kept Coolahan busy and off the internet, though.
Back in 2012, he told someone on Twitter they were “a really good candidate for eugenics!”
But is that really a laughing matter? Alberta had a sad and sickening history of eugenics that robbed thousands of the right to have a family of their own. Nearly 4,500 Albertans were forcibly or covertly sterilized under the Sexual Sterilization Act between 1928 and 1972. Why?
Mental illness, congenital physical defects, alcoholism, poverty, criminality, and even homosexuality.
Aside from Alberta's dark past with eugenics, NDP founder Tommy Douglas, was a staunch proponent of the practice of sterilizing and segregating undesirable human beings too.
No legislator or prospective candidate should dehumanize another person the way Coolahan did. Especially one who sees imaginary Nazis everywhere.