September 06, 2016

Who’s playing “dog whistle” politics in Canadian values flap surrounding Leitch?

Brian LilleyArchive

Last week Conservative MP and party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch created a major controversy by asking about something every political leader in Canada talks about -  Canadian values.

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.

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commented 2016-09-08 23:17:43 -0400
So Liza Rosie, you’re not interested in having a woman for PM because Wynne and Notley ruined it for women in politics. So who or should I say what are you going to vote for in the future ? Because, don’t you think there has been ample number of men PMs that have ruined it for men in politics. And Rona is turning on what Leitch is proposing because she doesn’t want to scare the voting public, and probably feels it’s better to stay closer to the fence line. I disagree with that, but so as not to alienate the voters you may start to see the lines between the Liberal Left and the Conservative Right blur. I think we are seeing some of that trend with Patrick Brown adopting Liberal positions on key issues. The necessary questions must be asked, a detailed screening of all immigrants and refugees must be done for entry into our country. That’s not my opinion, That’s Common Sense.
Elton Braun’s idea for screening these people, having them draw a picture of Mohammad is sheer genius.
commented 2016-09-07 10:56:17 -0400
commented 2016-09-07 10:51:54 -0400
I suspected Rona was a poser from the beginning, she is no conservative in my mind. I am not surprised with her stupid comment. So glad she is gone soon.
I don’t trust Leitch yet, maybe ever. I know it sounds sexist, but I am not in the least bit interested in a woman Prime Minister. Notely and Wynne have ruined it for women in politics in this country. Bleh.

As Maurice Potvin said about the ‘question’, " It was sensible and logical, and those who REFUSE to ask that question have no business being in government."
commented 2016-09-07 10:38:57 -0400
I’m going with Bernier so far. Leitch has crappy, leftist staffers (I spoke to one of them) and this survey is a last ditch attempt on her part to not look like a progressive POS. Chong is asleep at the wheel. One starter email and then nothing. I’m waiting for an Albertan to talk. I’ll run off to an Albertan as soon as a feasible one pops up. Only province I ever had a good life in.
commented 2016-09-07 10:03:46 -0400

After WWII you had to be checked before you came to Canada. It did not take three years to become a citizen; it took much longer. When you came to Canada you knew you would become a Canadian; not a Greek-Canadian, Romanian-Canadian, Dutch-Canadian, Russian-Canadian, Belgium-Canadian, British-Canadian but a Canadian. Period.

If you decided to come to Canada, in order to be admitted you were either skilled, had some talent Canada could use, or were someone who wanted to contribute to Canadian society in a positive way and willing to work. If you turned out to be an undesirable, the government would gladly show you the door.

You still had your old culture, but you integrated into mainstream Canadian society and took on Canadian values and traditions. If you couldn’t, you either formed a very insular ghetto and watched Canadian society progress and pass you by, or returned from whence you came.

Today, all you essentially have to do is show up. There may be a schedule of points to be allowed in, but that appears to have been put aside. You do not have to participate nor join mainstream Canadian society. You are free to reject our traditions and insist that only your previous traditions matter and should matter to everyone. Work ethic has been replaced with government financial and housing assistance for years.

Many immigrants have been found to return home after the nominal three years here. Once a citizen, they go home. Medical problems, or if there is trouble at their actual home, they come back to Canada to reap the rewards of citizenship without contributing to Canada. Of course, our government is expected to intercede on their behalf overseas, even if they still hold a passport to the country where they are being held.

Its time that Canada increases the amount of time to become a citizen. Seven to ten years sounds good to me. During that time, any criminal code violation would result in extradition. That would mean any act of violence, robbery, fraud, rape, wearing a disguise in public, participating in a riot and so on. Streamlining of the appeal procedure to no more than six months (including while incarcerated for a crime) would help, along with being escorted straight from prison to the airport if an appeal fails.

Learning our language is also helpful. Citizen courts would be in English or French. Nothing else.

As for rights, there are Canadians and non-Canadians. Until you become a Canadian you must understand that you are our guest. You no longer will get sent to the front of the line for government services. You no longer receive more benefits than would Canadians in a similar situation. If Canada flew you here, you are expected to repay the plane ticket. If there are service fees (such as incurred by the immigration process) you pay the fees. As a guest, if you show yourself to be against our society, our way of life, our government, our freedoms, then it would be suggested that you either adapt or leave.

If you become a citizen, you can not run for a political position at any level, or work for any level of government until you renounce your other citizenship. Government positions and jobs should only be for one citizenship, and that is Canadian.

Terrorism equals automatic cancellation of citizenship and being sent back to your real home once you finish your prison term. You leave with what you are wearing.

When someone wants to come into your house, you first inquire why and decide if you want to let them in. If invited in and the guest behaves badly after a while, you tell them to leave. Canada is our house, our home. If guests behave badly, they should be made to leave and told, “Don’t come back.”
commented 2016-09-07 09:48:26 -0400
Canadian values are founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, and not on Muhammad/Koranic/Sharia principles, and ought always be defended, upheld, and remain that way. And newcomers to Canada must embrace our language and Canadian way of life and established culture, not we, there’s.
commented 2016-09-07 09:02:35 -0400
Billy Howard asked: “The most important issue may not be about proposed screening for Canadian values, but what Canadian values the Liberal government is relaying to overseas refugees today?”

That’s simple…Vote Lieberal!
commented 2016-09-07 06:56:49 -0400
DEBORAH GRAUPNER commented 12 hours ago
You know when the dogs are whistling, that they are trying to keep the truth at bay for their own political reasons. The reason is always to keep the voters fooled by distracting behaviour, until the damage is done. It’s like someone getting in your face, so that you can’t speak. The MSM uses this all the time, and so do the leftwing nuts.

Yes it is all a communist plot. You need a new tin-foil hat.
commented 2016-09-07 06:53:28 -0400
BILL ELDER commented 7 hours ago
Yes of course carrying out the wishes of the majority is “racist”.

Except for the fact that you and your views are NOT held by the majority of Canadians. dream on genius
commented 2016-09-07 06:51:33 -0400
Leitch is doubling down on the old reform/alliance extremism using fear, hatred, prejudice, bigotry and intolerance of others. She’s still blowing harper’s dog whistle (remember the barbaric practices act and snitch line) hoping to stir up resentment against anyone who doesn’t fit into the “old stock” description of Canadians used by harper while she ignores the fact that Canada is a very successful multicultural society that promotes tolerance and acceptance of others and their views.
commented 2016-09-07 03:45:29 -0400
One National Post pundit makes the argument that coming up with a test to screen for Canadian values is impossible. Just have them draw a picture of Mohammad. No picture – go back home.
commented 2016-09-07 00:34:54 -0400
Ahhh the old race card, the lefts answer to real questions.
commented 2016-09-06 23:21:57 -0400
Yes of course carrying out the wishes of the majority is “racist”. Making policy decisions on what is best for national cohesion and security is “racist” and above all having a differing opinion from a shill globalist dupe is really racist.

We’re going to have this debate, and we;re going to have it before we allow the current empty headed idiot in the PMO to throw this nation into the same civil turmoil we see in Europe.
commented 2016-09-06 22:25:46 -0400
Brian, Kellie Leitch is a Conservative, so asking the question makes her a racist. The exact same question asked by someone on the left is lauded as an insightful question by the same socialist idiots.

The stupidity and hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds.
commented 2016-09-06 22:15:05 -0400
If what the National Post is correct that Rona said she disagreed with Kelly. Kelly is running for leadership and Rona is holding a post until released. Maybe Rona should keep from making comments, and if she can’t, then run for leadership!
commented 2016-09-06 21:07:05 -0400
Attack the moral character of Kellie Leitch. That’s the only tactic that remains when one’s position isn’t logically or morally defendable. Divert attention away from the issue by engaging in ad hominem attacks and setting up straw men to knock down. They have nothing else. I don’t know anything about Kellie Leitch. I don’t know whether she would be a good PC leader or not, but I do know that the survey question she posed wasn’t the least bit racist. It was sensible and logical, and those who REFUSE to ask that question have no business being in government. And reporters who CLAIM that it was racist have no business being reporter. they’re idiots and should be ignored.
commented 2016-09-06 19:23:11 -0400
The government just confirmed that pre-screening in the form of “pre-arrival orientation information sessions” is being done with Syrians in the queue. So the only question is: What values and information is our government portraying to these migrants/refugees? Are they being informed or our freedoms and what they should expect? Are they being told of the illegality of things like FGM, honour killing/abuse, discrimination against people based on religion, gender, sexual orientation? And that Canadians do not stand for the values of misogyny and sexual abuse?
The most important issue may not be about proposed screening for Canadian values, but what Canadian values the Liberal government is relaying to overseas refugees today?
commented 2016-09-06 19:23:05 -0400
Brian – who gives a shit???

Canada has nicely morphed into a marxist state – government controls the businesses, but does not operate them.

Canada controls the speech, but uses the sheeple to scream at the first sound they don’t like.

Canada needs to collapse, financially and legally – this marxist shit is doing a fine job so far and it’s going to get much worse.
commented 2016-09-06 19:19:31 -0400
So Conservatives attacked Leitch? This is exactly why I am unhappy with the CPC. As they distance from Harper they are beginning to pander to and pussify for the millenial vote. They had best re-think their strategy because as a lifetime Conservative voter have no intention of voting for CPC turned LPC 2.0 – I’d vote Liberal or NDP -even if it would the equivalent of having bamboo slivers shoved under my finger nails.
commented 2016-09-06 19:02:44 -0400
School yard behavior inseminates our politics.
commented 2016-09-06 18:54:35 -0400
We need more people like her to stand up.

If that means I am racist then so be it.

Without my white ancestors building this place into a paradise that everyone want to get in to, we would have nothing to give the islamic rapefugees and other welfare trash from non-western countries to give it away to.

Yeah, I can hear the complaints now.

However when I passed by that hotel in Ottawa full of well fed rapefugees living on my tax dollar – getting big PER DIEMS and kicking our own seniors out of the medical and dental lines – so they can get FREE medical and dental it makes me realize I am right.

Do not like my comment snowflake?

Get stuffed and move to Kabul – see how well you are treated there.
commented 2016-09-06 18:52:08 -0400
You know when the dogs are whistling, that they are trying to keep the truth at bay for their own political reasons. The reason is always to keep the voters fooled by distracting behaviour, until the damage is done. It’s like someone getting in your face, so that you can’t speak. The MSM uses this all the time, and so do the leftwing nuts.
commented 2016-09-06 18:51:26 -0400
Red Herring from the Reds (Lefties)! Any country operates on the premise that immigration to that country is to make a better life for one and family, and in doing so become part of that culture. Not rocket science! However, when one is trolling for votes, all common sense goes out the window!
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