When Leitch sent a survey to supporters asking about Canadian values, she was attacked as a racist, accused of dog whistle politics and worse.
Watch as I explain the topics she asked respondents to weigh in on and demonstrate why the accusations of racism are dog whistles themselves issued by political opponents.
Some claim we’re so divided that we agree on nothing, we’re so at odds politically that we could never say these are things we all agree on and we think newcomers should accept them as well, but that’s not reality for most Canadians.
Maybe for Twitter warriors but even Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker agreed on certain core principles and values as reflected in our Charter and the Bill of Rights brought to us by each of these men.
Is asking someone that wants to come here if they’ll uphold those values a racist act? Only if you believe certain races or groups of people oppose core values that most believe are universal.
These values may not be unique to Canada but they also aren’t reality for much of the world.
Calling Leitch a racist was the type of drive by smear you expect from political opponents and she got it from Liberals, New Democrats and even Conservatives. These parties campaigned promising to stand up for Canadian values, claiming to be the best defenders of them and they’ll do it again next election.
So why is asking about these values or talking about screening for them with immigrants a racist thing?
It’s not. These people are playing politics and are taking shots at Leitch because they realize she is probably onto something here.