Would be hippies lament that Canada isn’t run by would be hippies

- July 4th, 2011
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper's retrograde ideas include embracing the Royals says Naumetz. ANDRE FORGET, QMI

Tim Naumetz, who writes for The Hill Times and various other publications, has a piece on Yahoo’s political blog lamenting Canada’s lost place in the world.

It is a familiar theme that people like Naumetz, Lawrence Martin and even Liberal Senator Colin Kenny return to again and again. We have given up the soft power of the Liberals and Lloyd Axworthy and adopted a hard line by the flinty eyed Harper.

“Canada has changed incrementally under Harper, a nudge here, a push there, and next thing you know we’re sitting by the crab apple tree over in the corner of the yard instead of the front porch.”

What are these signs, these changes that show Canada is changing bit by bit?

“It came out, maybe, during that crazy Canada Day celebration in Ottawa when apparently, according to police and government officials, 300,000 people turned up near and on Parliament Hill to see the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Prince William and Kate.

It is difficult to imagine the figure to be accurate, since Parliament Hill even in normal times does not have space for that many people and nearly half the Canada Day lawn was fenced off for the stage and the royal venue to the side. You can’t even imagine that many people even if you stretch them out over the nearby streets, Sparks, Wellington, even to slightly distant Albert and Queen, royal sounding as they are.”

While Naumetz doubts these numbers I’m sure he accepts without question the claim that 1 million people marched in the gay pride parade in Toronto. Organizers said so, police said so and Harper wasn’t there so it must be true. All the more reason Rob Ford should have been there I guess.

Naumetz also laments that Harper likes the military and plays it, noting that the PM was born in 1959, “he was 10 years old when the peace movement was at its height in the U.S., really still nascent in Canada, where it crested in the very early 1970s.”

He also implies that Harper must have disliked Trudeau’s slashing of the military and focus on peacekeeping.

Then Naumetz nails it with some real hard evidence on how militaristic Harper is.

“The Harper government singlehandedly made Vichy a household name in Canada.”

That’s right, the Harper government has spent years playing up Canada’s role in the French Vichy regime that collaborated with Nazi Germany.

I could overlook this as a simple mistake the same way it was a simple mistake when John McCallum, then the Defence Minister, made the same mistake. Why would McCallum, or Naumetz, know about significant battles from Canada’s history. Would be hippies and liberals for the most part no longer like the military. Naumetz could claim a typo but when you cite a battle as evidence of your thesis, make sure you get it right. Vimy, Vichy, what’s the difference?

Liberals in this country long ago gave up on the military, except as an extension of the United Nations and their peacekeeping missions. They harken back to Lester Pearson’s diplomacy and speak of the Pearsonian era but at least Pearson knew that to be a heavy on the diplomatic front you needed a military to back it up.

Canada has not lost stature on the international stage. Not with countries that matter. Do we suck up to dictators as often as we used to at the UN in the name of getting along? No. Do we still do it? Unfortunately yes.

What Naumetz and others would have us do is adopt a more pliant, conciliatory tone, play down the military and work more through the UN and its gallery of rogues like Ahmadinejad and Mugabe. Imagine a submissive dog lying on its back in fear and you’ll get the picture.

I say no.

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7 comments

  1. Holy Crap Brian!

    Are you reading my mind, or just my blog? John McCallum is to the Liberal party what Libby Davies is to the NDP. And BTW, Brandon’s tie beat yours by a mile.

  2. B.K. says:

    Excellent blog. Lefty hippies have never gotten over the fact that they aged over 30. Thank God they weren’t the generation in power when Hitler was around. For years they called the police, their teachers, the establishment, their parents etc. fascist pigs and now they don’t know what a real fascist is. I wish they would go and live in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Gaza for a few months.
    Although I am a baby boomer I have always held my generation in contempt for their selfish, self-pitying ways. They hate America but it’s American tanks and armies that have kept Canada safe. They love the UN but it’s so corrupt and feeble it should be taken out to pasture. And they want the rest of Canada to pay for their pensions when they never had to lift a finger to defend this country but whine continually about Harper and Conservatives.

  3. LaVallette says:

    One can always have faith in the UN, faith in an indepedent foreign policy and be anti military when one passes the reponsibility for North American security, including Canada’s, to the USA.

    Independence my foot!!!!

  4. Darin says:

    Good work Brian, as usual!

    I’m 37 years old, very Canadian and living in Alberta. I have developed a distaste in my mouth towards Liberals and their fluffy pacifist theology, akin to a taking a mouthful of Liquid Plumber.

    So far as I have been able to understand this countries’ political and social structuring over the years, Pearson began the downward trend this country has been in for so long. His academic and lofty successor, Trudeau, only served to further the downward spiral. Fast forward to the early to mid-90′s when the Lib’s began their FRP (Forces Reduction Plan/Program) to attempt a “legitimate” obliteration of Canada’s military by offering service men and women a financial incentive to bail out and hit civilian life, and we saw a true indication of the communal mentality of the Liberal fraternity. . . . . that being a “role over and urinate on ones’ self at the will of the worlds dictatorships and heavy handed warring tribes, and lets play peacekeeper instead of participating in angry ‘war mongering’”, type of mind-set. Well, that’s how I see it anyway.

    All I know is that Canada has been blessed to have a guy like Harper at the helm for the last several years, and now that he has his majority government we should see some wholesale changes take place. Stuff like, oh I don’t know, punishing criminals for their crimes? Protecting Canada’s sovereignty in the North? Putting an end to the global perception that Canada is a free for all for each and every non-productive and/or criminally minded legal or illegal immigrant out there who decides to take advantage of us…..which they have been doing for YEARS.

    Buy those brand new fighter jets, replace those aging Sea King helicopters and other such outdated mobile or stationary equipments, initiate a military recruitment effort like none we have seen before and lets get on with it, shall we? There is a country to run here.

  5. Alain says:

    Naumetz and his fellow travellers just cannot grasp the fact that Canada was not created by the Liberals, especially Trudeau. We are simply slowly returning to our true identity, and therefore rejecting the mythical Trudeaupian creation.

  6. rabbit says:

    “The Harper government singlehandedly made Vichy a household name in Canada.”

    Assuming Naumetz means Vimy, does Pierre Burton get no credit? After all, he published a popular history of Vimy Ridge in 2003.

  7. rabbit says:

    Here’s what the rest of the world thinks about Canada: Mostly they don’t. And when they do. it’s some misty image of mounties, mountains, and moose.

    Canada should quit acting like a zit-faced adolescent desperate to be popular. Instead we should behave like adults, meaning we should do what’s right and what’s best, and to hell with what others think.

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