Andrew Scheer wins CPC Leadership race!

Update May 28th, 2017:

Well, in a nail biter finale, Andrew Scheer won the CPC leadership race last night and I couldn’t be more pleased. I think he is just what the Conservative Party needs. Some say, such as John Ibbitson of the Globe and Mail, that Scheer is Stephen Harper 2.0 with a smile. Well, since Mr. Harper won several elections and was PM for 10 years, that is not a bad comparison in my opinion.

Already, of course, the media is trying to paint him as a “socon” (short for social conservative) in a dismissive way, even though I have heard Scheer say many times that, if he won (like Stephen Harper), a government he led would not re-open a debate on controversial issues such as abortion and same sex marriage.

For example, I listened to Scheer’s interview with Peter Mansbridge of the CBC’s The National after he won last night.  It was very strange because, clearly, no matter how many times MP Michelle Rempel explained the voting process to Mansbridge, after the two social conservative candidates dropped off the ballot, he kept wondering aloud which candidate their voters would go to — not seeming to realize the voting system didn’t work that way. Unlike Liberal conventions where supporters vote for another candidate when their candidate drops off the ballot, all the votes were already in for this race.

So, when Mansbridge asked Scheer if he won because the socon vote went to him, Scheer said no and he was right because that is not what happened. What happened in that more CPC members had listed  Scheer in the 10th spot on their ballots than they did for Max Bernier.  And, those unknown voters could have been progressive conservatives, libertarians, fiscal conservatives, social conservatives or none of the above.

End of story. The crux of the matter is that Andrew Scheer won and I wish he and the entire Conservative caucus well!

Original Post was dated May 10th, 2017:

Just letting regular readers know that I have already voted in the CPC Leadership race. I chose Andrew Scheer as my # 1 choice, Erin O’Toole as my # 2 choice and Lisa Raitt as my #3 choice. I didn’t vote for any others because I would not want any of the other candidates to win, knowing they could not possibly win against PM J. Trudeau in 2019. And, that is just a reality. For example, while I like Kellie Leitch and Max Bernier, I don’t believe that either of them would inspire enough country-wide Conservative votes in a federal election to make them PM. Just my opinion.

Endnote: I don’t know if I am going to continue to blog after the CPC Convention on May 27th, 2017. I have been blogging now for eleven years and am very tired. The other issue is that traffic for blogs is way down in favour of Facebook and Twitter.  Anyway, I can always be found on Twitter @sandycrux.

 

Is political correctness destroying diversity of thought in the West?

Whether in Canada or the U.S., liberal politicians and their supporters, particularly those in the mainstream media, love to tell us what to think and how to feel about just about everything. Well, I for one, am sick and tired of it. Take for instance:

Kellie Leitch: In Canada, Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is being criticized and ridiculed for a video her leadership campaign put out that suggests all refugees and immigrants entering our country, should be screened for Canadian values. In fact, by making this view part of her leadership campaign, she is seen by some of her colleagues and the media as an extremist. Yet, a Radio Canada poll showed that 74% of Canadians surveyed agreed with her.

Motion103: M103 is an Ottawa House of Commons Private Member’s motion that essentially says Canadians should never be allowed to publicly question or criticize Islam. Yet, as far as I know, an Imam at a Toronto mosque has not been condemned for calling for the killing of all Jews. There is also the fact that the Toronto Public School Board allows Muslim prayers in secular public schools even though Christians have not been allowed to do so for decades.

Feminism: Feminism as it is preached today covers only half of the female population — those who believe it is their reproductive right to destroy a fetus that is growing within their bodies. Yet, when I came of age in the 1960s, the fight for reproductive choice was about the right for women to have access to the “pill.” Yet, now, when any woman says she is pro-life, she is dismissed as extremist and certainly not a feminist.

Climate Change: When Barack Obama was still president in the U.S., he declared climate change as the most serious threat to humanity. Thankfully, President Trump is grounded in reality and that view is changing. However, in Canada, PM Justin Trudeau and Premiers Rachel Notley and Kathleen Wynne have instituted either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system — which most of us know, that while those taxes will do nothing to reduce our emissions,  they will definitely destroy jobs and investment opportunities.

CINOs & RINOs: Unfortunately, it is not enough that conservatives are condemned by liberals and progressives. You also have to be a “real” conservative. Meaning, you cannot have any beliefs involving progressive policies — even though provincial conservatives are called “Progressive Conservatives.” If, however, you have the nerve to admit you are a progressive conservative, you will be called a CINO or RINO — a Conservative and/or Republican in name only.

The crux of the matter: Well, as I said at the start of this post, I am sick and tired of such political correctness and the lack of tolerance for a free exchange of ideas. In fact, as a former academic, I cringe at the notion that university students, like those at Berkeley and Middlebury College, no longer seem to know how to freely debate ideas, what Socrates called the dialectic. I mean, at Middlebury, a well liked Professor actually received a concussion when she tried to stop a student mob from attacking a sociology guest speaker — Charles Murray — who holds some controversial views.

In my opinion, then, the crux of the matter is that conservatives in the U.S. and Canada, be they considered “real” conservatives, moderate conservatives or libertarians, must fight against rigidity of thought and the intolerance of liberal political correctness. And, dare I challenge university faculty everywhere in the West — to teach their students how to debate a diversity of ideas.

Leitch’s screening for Canadian values not racist

kellieleitchJust like liberals are bashing President Elect Donald Trump in the U.S. for wanting to screen Muslims from the Middle East, Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is being called a racist for suggesting the same thing in Canada.

In fact, she even had to beef up the security at her home (H/T NewsWatchCanada). That’s not right. Canada is supposed to be a free country with free speech.

So, what exactly is the problem? What is so wrong with screening all immigrants for their views about such Canadian values as freedom of movement, free speech and gender equality?

True, it is mostly Muslims from the Middle East that are objecting to that type of screening, or their apologists. The problem? While most immigrants want only to contribute to their new country, even while being encouraged to hold on to their traditions, far too many Muslims want to bring Sharia here. Plus, they make demands as soon as they get here– such as having prayer rooms in the same Canadian public schools where no prayer has been allowed for years.

Like all Canadians, I love the fact that immigrants to our country have come from just about every country in the world and up to recently, have been able to live side by side in harmony with their neighbours.

I mean, I grew up with Muslim friends and had many university colleagues who were Muslim. But, I honestly don’t recall any tensions with my Muslim friends. They accepted me and I accepted them. Some were from such countries as South Africa, Egypt or India — or their parents were.

Times, however, have changed, and not for the better, which is why the screening Leitch suggests is a good idea. Read this story, for example, about a woman in the UK. Then, tell me Leitch is not right.

In summary, Lubna, a young woman from Pakistan married a man her family chose for her. She had two children. That man beat her as did his family. He eventually left her to go to America with another woman and she had to find work to support her children, herself and her husband’s elderly parents. Yet, those same parents, the grandparents of her children, eventually threw her out of the home they had shared.

Lubna eventually gets a divorce in civil court, goes back to university and starts to make a new life for herself. However, because she was a devout Muslim, she decides to get a divorce in a Sharia court as well — which unfortunately turned her life upside down to say the least. With the Sharia court’s approval, her husband returns, demands she go back to him, does nothing when he kidnaps the children and won’t let her explain about his abuse. 

That is not gender equality. Thankfully, Lubna eventually follows the outcome of the civil court, gets custody of her children and goes on with her life. I can’t help worry for her safety though, given the distorted view some Muslims have on family honour.

Look, as far as I am concerned, all Muslims are welcome in Canada just like anyone else as long as they are willing to adjust to our way of life and legal system. Sure, some Muslim women may want to cover up their faces, something I disagree with. But, like it or not, that is what freedom is all about.

What we definitely don’t want is the kind of Sharia court described in the Daily Mail article or the values which drive those courts.

So, the crux of the matter is that Leitch is right to say that new Canadians and refugees should be screened for their willingness to accept our Canadian values of personal freedom, freedom of speech and gender equality — hardly a racist view.

That said, where do the other Conservative leadership candidates stand on this issue? Most, unfortunately, are so worried to offend anyone, they criticize her instead of the anti-Canadian values I discussed here.

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Endnote: While Thaddeus Alexander’s rant is pointed at the anti-Trump liberal protesters in the U.S., his message is related to why Kellie Leitch thinks we should screen immigrants. It is about all Canadians working together for the greater good. Well said Thaddeus!