Apparently beheading the premier isn’t hate.

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This week there was yet another protest outside Queen’s park because #fuckford. It will forever be the conservative burden to inherit deficits in the billions, make the unpopular decisions necessary to balance the budget. Then they inevitably find themselves dethroned by tax and spend liberals who go back to running up deficits. We have created a culture in our politics where funding is commensurate with compassion. And unless we’re spending money on it, we don’t care about it.

By the way, ignore the marxist flag donning the hammer and sickle. Marxism is a conservative conspiracy. It doesn’t exist on the left or in academia or anywhere. The marxist lie is a conservative straw man. It’s probably photoshopped, right? PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN!

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If teachers experience cuts, the PC government must hate teachers. If healthcare experiences cuts, the PC government must hate doctors and nurses. If cut taxes then this must only mean the PC government loves evil corporations. Are we really making the case that government has been 100% efficient and there is no room at all for cuts of any kind? Are we really arguing that while the rest of us in the private world have to endure the fluctuating risk the economy threatens us with every day, those who work for the government, whose payroll exists off of the taxes we pay, should never have to worry about their job security? Are we really arguing that there is NO wiggle room for innovation  to find efficiencies in government at any level?

What’s been really bothering me since the election is to see the change in Andrea Horwath. The language she’s been espousing has been increasingly unparliamentary and she now has taken a position to simply oppose anything and everything proposed by this conservative government. The latest example was her absolute opposition to free dental care for seniors. I believe Horwath is now in part responsible for an increase in vitriolic anti-government activism we’re seeing unfold.

TVO featured “Ontario’s new political landscape” where a panel reacted to the election results where Brittany Andrew-Amofah of the broadbent institute literally said, “what happened last night was a false majority that can only be produced under a first-past-the-post system.” Keep in mind that the conservatives took 76 seats out of the total 134 seat legislature, the NDP won 40, the Liberals 7 and the Green 1. To form majority a party only needs 63 seats. With 76 seats awarded to Doug Ford’s PC government, I have no problem speculating that even if we had used a different method besides first-past-the-post we likely still would’ve seen a conservative majority.

What Brittany is really saying that unless they have a political party who promotes their ideologies then that government will be illegitimate in their eyes. In the panel discussion Steve Paikin asks Brittany, “Are you prepared to give this guy a chance or do you see job one right now as defeating him?” This was Brittany’s response:

I see job one right now as amplifying the need for progressive movement within our province and also discussing what will potentially be at stake. So the search for efficiencies is a very scary search. Where are we going to be cutting from? Where are the efficiencies going to be coming from? And I think that needs, that deserves interrogation and hasn’t been interrogated enough. When we talk about efficiencies are we talking about social services? Are we talking about the money that is being given to our shelter system?

Steve: Well you do know he’s got a pharma care plan. It might not be as good as the other two parties but he’s got something. He’s got a childcare plan. You may not like it as much as the other two parties but he’s got one. He’s got a mental health spending plan as well. He’s got a transit plan. It may not be –

Steve’s interrupted by Brittany, “as in depth as it probably should be.”

“Or might be,” Steve continues, “but he’s got something to say about these things. Does that help you at all?”

Brittany, “no, because this party has been focussed on talking about efficiencies and talking about cleaning up what’s happening at Queen’s Park. Yes, Wynne has gone wrong and maybe several different areas when it comes to hydro, when it came to a number of different issues but there are a lot of progressive gains that need to continue to be made and that needs to be built upon from when Wynne had left. So I think that’s a risk here and if we’re focussing solely on his (she then performs air quotes) “search for efficiencies” then I don’t know how true those statements are.

Let me remind you that the recording of this episode took place the day after election day. This is her reaction to the conservatives the DAY after election day. What we see here isn’t a realistic critique of job performance or policy legislation, this is her simply disqualifying the new majority government as elected by the people due to nothing more than their political identity. This is what hyper partisanship looks like. She sits there and equates budget cuts to punishment and uses it to fear monger that this government will use their power to punish the weak and marginalized. It’s not a political analysis, it’s a post-modern style deconstruction framed around intersectional narratives. Notice her inability to acknowledge minority group support for Doug Ford and Ford Nation? Because it’s counter narrative, which could never be true, so it’s obviously just lies. Conservative Rhetoric. Misinformation. Fake news. Far-right conspiracies. etc, etc, etc.

This was the rhetoric coming out of those left of the political spectrum the day after election day. The NDP put forth more radical candidates than ever before. Like Laura Kimiker who ran in my riding of Mississauga Center was a self described Marxist and called Poppies war glorification. I’ve greatly respected Andrea Horwath throughout her role as opposition throughout my lifetime watching provincial politics. She’s a veteran in the game and I truly believe she sincerely advocates for truly vulnerable people and for opening opportunities to everyone. However she’s seen how greatly her party benefited from a more populist, radical campaign message and she’s changed her tune to appeal to exactly this populism.

That’s why Andrea Horwath today has no problem openly calling Doug Ford a ‘dictator’. Which if it came from a conservative, would be called a dog whistle promoting violence and hate. So what is it when it’s done on the left? Oh, NOW it’s just free speech. Horwath has the freedom to express any view she wants. And I’m equally allowed to call her a silly fucken hack for choosing to do so. I believe the more she shifts towards the social radical marxist types, the more she will dispossess the grass roots supporters of the parties who just wanted better health care, not a marxist reform. My prediction is once the party is nothing but radicals then this will simply disqualify them and I think we will see more surge in Green support as an alternative to what has been the alternative for decades. I think Green will replace the NDP.

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She’s had no problem throwing out slurs, parliamentary disruptions, calls to activism and yet she refuses to take responsibility for how discourse has been changing around Queens park. If you only pay attention to the mainstream news outlets, CTV, CBC, Macleans, etc, you’d believe that the only reason conservatives are surging in support around the country is believe of Facebook fake news and white supremacy. When in reality we’ve seen, in my opinion, more openly hateful protests against conservatives than anyone else.

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The following images were taken from the office of MPP Laurie Scott’s office upon amending the minimum wage bill.

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Several months ago truckers from around the country rallied and drove to Ottawa to show their support for pipelines. They donned yellow vests inspired by french protests against their carbon taxes. They felt Trudeau has turned his back on Albertans and waste billions of dollars and Saudi Oil rather than cycling it back to the Canadian economy. There were online forums where these people organized and shared talking points. Apparently some have shared anti-immigrant sentiments. Faith Goldy and Rebel Media also attended the protest. The media took these details and slandered the entire protest as one of promoting hate and violence. The convoy was portrayed as just a group of white supremacists. The usual slurs aimed at disqualifying dissent and aimed at banning wrongthink.

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The only point I’m making here is simply this. Populism is increasing as polarization increases. This is not just happening among conservatives but also with liberals. If not more. We all need to hold ourselves accountable at the individual level. But this is just another example of the media’s bias against conservatives. Conservatives simply show up to peacefully protest and they’re labelled racists. But if you’re protesting conservatives, that’s just your civil right. Despite how inappropriate your conduct is.

Like, what exactly are they trying to say here? If you question social justice initiatives you disqualify yourself from public discourse? Well, that seems to be the case from what I’m seeing media wide. You watch how the media treats Scheer or Ford versus how they treat Trudeau and Horwath and it’s easy to see. If you have anything to say about Trudeau’s #welcometoCanada? Guess what, you’re a nazi. Bring a guillotine to Queens Park and behead an effigy of Doug Ford? That’s just you’re civil right.

Do these people have a right to call for the death of politicians? Actually no, that’s incitement of violence. Murder and policy critique are two very different things. If I followed the same logic that the social justice leftists follow then Andrea Horwath would be a Marxist for having posed for pictures with a group who had Marxists among them. However I don’t follow social justice logic so, no, I don’t think Andrea Horwath is a Marxist by association. But when she’s posing next to a skeleton and signs reading #fuckford then I simply have this to ask you. What if roles were reversed and it was Doug Ford protesting an NDP government by posing with skeletons and hashtags #fuckhorwath. All media everywhere would be reporting this as a KKK rally. So if it would be inappropriate to one party, it should be equally condemned on the other front.

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But what we’re seeing here isn’t any effort to consider any of that. Even if this conservative government for some reason matched the same policies as the previous liberals and their government mirrored one another, you would still see vitriolic protests. There is nothing this government can do to appease the angry social justice mob. It’s not about the cuts or the budget. It’s about capitalism and hatred. Hatred for everyone who disagrees with the social justice narrative. Feminist narratives of empowering women fall short when conservative female MPPs need to hire security over death threats. It is literally and metaphorically a call for the death of our political system and a call to complete reform to socialism. And while the conservatives come under constant attack on all fronts, they’re tasked with saving this province from itself. Remember this in 3 years when we’re back at the ballot box.

Even Slavoj Zizek himself thinks that political correctness is exactly what perpetuates prejudice and racism. So put that in your Marxist Vape Pens and smoke it 500 metres away from any public entryway.

 

 

“one needs to be very precise not to fight racism in a way which ultimately reproduces, if not racism itself, at least the conditions of racism.” – Slavoj Zizek

New Free Speech Mandate And Why it Matters

 

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Watch: Students react to most outrageous cases of campus censorship

Sheridan College, which has campuses in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville, has announced that as of Jan 1, 2019 they will be adopting a new free speech policy.

Although faculty, students and staff are free to criticize, contest and condemn the views expressed on campus, they may not obstruct, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with the freedom of others to express views they reject or even loath, – Sheridan college’s statement of principles.

The free speech policy consists of five core elements:

— A definition of freedom of speech

— A commitment to allow open discussion and free inquiry.

— A statement that it is not the college’s role to shield members of the college community from ideas they disagree with.

— A statement that while members of the college community are free to contest the views of others, they must also respect the rights of others to express their views.

— An affirmation that speech that violates the law is not allowed.
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This is all after the Ontario provincial government mandated all University and College campuses to adopt strong free speech policies by the new year otherwise they would face funding cuts. This coming after a series of disturbing breaches to free speech on campuses across the country. This demonstrates a real divide in the country since the election of US president Donald Trump. There are those among us who have decided that free speech enables hate speech. And that advocating for free speech is simply apologizing for deplorable speech.
Now, if you’re among those who have been pretty tuned out of the free speech debate over the last few years then this all may seem like just more political rhetoric. If you’re reacting to this like my friend Rob, “Umm, I’m pretty sure that’s because free speech was already protected in Ontario and this is just virtue signalling to the triggered ‘kids these days’ crowd,” then allow me to highlight just some of the things that have been happening and entertain the trickle down effect campus culture has on the rest of our culture.

Watch: TVO, The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Freedom of Expression on Campus

1. Lindsay Shepherd vs Laurier University.

It all started when Lindsay Shepherd, a WLU T.A. who was teaching a grammar class, showed a clip from the TVO show, The Agenda with Steve Paiken. This episode happened to feature Jordan Peterson at the peak of his bill C-16 controversy. The episode was discussing the gender based pronouns. After Shepherd played the clip she was notified by her professor that she was to meet him for a meeting as apparently there had been one or more complaints made against Shepherd. Suspecting she was being hauled in over the video she showed she decided it would be a good idea to record the meeting.
It was a good thing she did because if she hadn’t, no one would believe her outlandish story about her professor accusing her of showing off nazi propaganda. The recording Lindsay leaked revealed her professors accusing her of being irresponsible for exposing the students to the content in a neutral manner. He went on to criticise that it was like neutrally playing something from Hitler or Milo Yiannopoulos. Basically she was being disciplined for not attempting to shape the students opinion. However Lindsay pushed back to say that the role of the University was in fact to challenge students values and perspectives.
Watch: Benjamin A Boyce created a series of video critiques following Laurier
Once the story blew up in the public TVO had the WLU president and vice-chancellor, Deborah MacLatchy, on to discuss the matter. However throughout the, over 14 minute, interview she refused to outright say that Lindsay had done nothing wrong. An independent third party investigation was launched and it found that there had been no complaint made and that the grounds for Ms. Shepherd’s disciplining was baseless.
But that didn’t stop the University from continuing to mistreat Ms. Shepherd. She was reassigned to another professor who was simply vicious with her and was more than happy to create a toxic workplace for Shepherd. Until eventually she had nullified Shepherd’s role as T.A. for the remainder of the year. Harassment of her peers and students went un-mediated as Shepherd first attempted to hold a Q&A with guest speaker Faith Goldy but had the event shut down when students pulled the fire alarm. In a second attempt to host the event with Mrs. Goldy the University itself demanded a security fee of $28,500 before allowing the event to proceed. And then when they were unable to accumulate the funds demanded, they were denied their request to host the event.
Lindsay Shepherd is currently suing Wilfred Laurier for their ongoing mistreatment of her. 
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2. Valerie Flokstra vs University of the Fraser Valley

Watch: Benjamin A Boyce Interviews Valerie Flokstra

Students were told premature births were contributing to increased autism diagnoses. Flokstra questioned whether high abortion rates in Canada could be playing a role, citing studies showing a link between abortion and later premature births.

Asking that made the classroom an unsafe space, the 22-year old was told.

Flokstra covertly recorded the hour-long meeting with Prof. Nancy Norman, in whose class the incident took place, and Prof. Vandy Britton, the head of the teacher education department. Fearing academic reprisal, she waited until after graduation to share the audio. She now works as a teacher at a British Columbia private school.

Flokstra’s ordeal has numerous similarities to what former Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student Lindsay Shepherd experienced last year. In fact, Flokstra credits Shepherd’s ordeal with motivating her to record the meeting in the first place.

Much like with Shepherd, Flokstra’s professors attempt to couch offensive recommendations with an “I’m on your side” attitude, using social justice as a trump card over academic inquiry. Just as Shepherd’s professors compared Jordan Peterson to Adolf Hitler, Flokstra was told discussing abortion is like a UFV KKK club.

It’s this attitude, particularly in the teacher education program, that Flokstra said she wanted to challenge by releasing the audio.

– Andrew Lawton, fellow at the True North Initiative

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3. Men’s Issues Awareness Society student group denied funding at Ryerson U

A male student attempted to create a men’s issues student group but was met with protests and slander as a feminist collective had funding refused from the group and went on a smear campaign to label Kevin Arriola, the student applying for the group, as a misogynist. Despite the fact that about half the group was made up of women. On Oct. 27, 2015, MIAS was informed its application for club status had been rejected. Kevin Arriola took the Ryerson Student Union to court with representation by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. But the case was dismissed, the judge saying it, “had no merit,” to it.

“It’s the kind of culture and climate that exists around these group… even if it’s not the group itself,” said Alyson Rogers, one of the founders of the Ryerson Feminist Collective. “It’s a gathering area for people who are anti-women, anti-feminist and rape apologists. A lot of the issues that men face comes from the privilege of being men. Patriarchy is oppressive to women but it also deals men a bad hand. Even if half their membership is women… We’re more concerned about the ideology as opposed to the makeup of the membership.”

“We have explicitly said we are not a feminist group, but we are not an anti-feminist group as well,” Arriola said.

Watch: CBC’s Sunday Talk Panel featuring Jonathan Kay on The MIAS group

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4. Rick Mehta vs Acadia University

Watch: Gad Saad interviews Rick Mehta (The Saad Truth_724)

 

Rick Mehta was fired despite his tenured position with the University for critical comments made around the truth and reconciliation commission, feminism, identity politics, immigration and decolonization. He was then only offered a copy of the report that lead to his firing if he would sign off on what he called a “gag order” agreement.

 

5. Danielle Robitaille cancelled event at Laurier over safety concerns

A student group studying criminology sought to host a lecture by Danielle Robitaille, Jean Ghomeshi’s lawyer. But mobs formed opposition and with a lack of time to coordinate a security detail Robitaille cancelled. “Even without uttering a word, one of the main points in my speech has been made: the complaints and the call to cancel my talk rest on a fundamental misunderstanding of the justice system and the nature of the role of defence counsel in the adversarial process,” Robitaille wrote in her response to the student group who invited her.

 

6. Universities allowing Social Justice Mobs to shut down events and lectures

Whether it’s Jordan Peterson hosting a lecture about the value of free speech or Janice Fiamengo questioning the ethics around modern day feminism, Universities intentionally under staff security to these events when they know protests will take place. At Jordan Peterson’s lecture at Queen’s one protestor brought a Garrote and another damaged the stain glass windows of the lecture hall from bashing against the glass. Or in Lindsay Shepherd’s case after a mob pulled a fire alarm, the University prevented the event by demanding a security fee of $28,500.

Watch: SJW Mobs at Queen’s University

Watch: SJW Mobs at McMaster University

 Watch: TVO’s Agenda with Steve Paikin, Free Speech: At what cost

Watch: SJW Mobs at Wilfred Laurier University

 

7. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

The Centre for Constitutional Freedoms University rating chart

The Centre for Constitutional Freedoms does a full detailing of data about the state of free speech on 60 Canadian public universities. The Campus Freedom Index grading methodology is found here.  Each university receives four letter grades: one for each of university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Using a five-tier letter scale—A, B, C, D and F—the Campus Freedom Index grades universities and student unions on their stated policies (what they say) and their practices (what they do).

Some of their findings which I did not mention here already were:

  • Dalhousie University earns an ‘F’ for its decision to launch an investigation against undergraduate student Masuma Khan, over remarks she made on social media that offended some readers.
  • Saint Paul University earns an ‘F’ for its decision to cancel a planned film screening about abortion.
  • The University of Guelph earns an ‘F’ for refusing to allow a pro-life student group to hold a tabling event about abortion.
  • The University of Victoria earns an ‘F’ for condoning vandalism and disruption of a sanctioned student-organized pro-life event.

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The “trickle down effect” that campus culture has on the rest of society can be observed in some of the latest changes among social media platforms. Twitter has now updated it’s conduct policy to ban hateful conduct such as misgendering, deadnaming or “promoting harm”. Yet it makes a clear distinction between those it deems to be within their “protected category membership” and those that are not. That’s how people like Megan Murphy and Jesse Kelly get banned. Whereas twitter actively permits people like Louis Farrakhan tweet things like, “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.” And known terrorist groups like Hamas don’t get their twitter accounts removed. So it’s official. You talk about Bruce Jenner’s work in the olympics and Twitter actually believes you’re worse than terrorists. Actually.

And then there was Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, delivered a speech while accepting the Anti-Defamation League’s first-ever Courage Against Hate award at an event in New York City. He said, “We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here.”

“We believe the future should belong to those who use technology to build a better, more inclusive, and more hopeful world,” Cook continued. “I believe the most sacred thing that each of us is given is our judgment, our morality, our own innate desire to separate right from wrong. Choosing to set that responsibility aside in a moment of trial is a sin.” This religious framework was no coincidence.

The ideology of identity politics operates like a doctrine which overrides reason and logic. Tim Cook may be a brilliant man but if he insists on viewing life through the context in which intersectionality provides then it won’t be long before the category of “white supremacist” becomes a blanket term which is used to categorize anyone who disagrees. And when your doctrine persecutes comedians, the gulags are not far away.

We’re already seeing a doubling down on this banning culture where now Patreon has been purging it’s platform of those it considers guilty of hate speech. With the deplatforming of Sargon of Akkad, a gamergate free speech advocate, pro-brexiteer and mere internet troll. He used the “N” word to insult an actual ethno-nationalist, white supremacist in a fight they were having. He called the actual neo nazi the “N” word because to them, there is no greater insult. Like when engaging with another in road rage, you don’t first consider whether or not your critique out the car window is politically correct enough or not.

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Not that I’m making the case that it’s ever ok to use such charged language, I must say, to separate myself from the violation in question. In order to play the game by the crazy’s rules in this upside down world of “words are violence”. But what’s worthy of note is that Sargon did this impulsively on another person’s content which THEY chose to leave in. And this was not something that took place over Patreon. Nor did it directly violate Patreon’s terms and conditions. And he was not given any warning, second chance or opportunity to appeal. Overnight he lost his income which enabled him to commit towards content creation.

And he may be an offensive troll but there is no doubt that he is not a white supremacist. Not to mention that if you search the “N” word on Patreon you find about 9 page results in references to it. So, like any message board or comment enabled media, it’s a very commonly used. So why Sargon? Perhaps he’s just enough of a troll that a cost vs benefit analysis can be experimented with in the lead up to the 2020 American elections. Creators began moving to a competitor site, Subscribe Star, but within less than a week Paypal, the payment processor used by these platforms, refused to service Subscribestar. Coincidence? Or antitrust violation?

Eric Weinstein said that in order to make moves against the IDW they would need to act in the light. And they are indeed making their political motivations very clear by the unjustified nature of their actions. But creators see through the vague explanations and the inconsistencies and are currently working on an alternative platform to rival Google’s attempts to silence all those who refuse to bend a knee to the accepted narrative.

And now with this UN global compact using the terminology “irregular migrant” as opposed to “illegal migrant” will we see a crackdown on independent media over the use of the word “illegal”? Another example on how technical language becomes reshaped into moralized language. Exactly for the purposes of communication. So when legitimate media has questions to hold politicians accountable they now have the ability to skirt disagreeable questions by dehumanizing the person asking the question. Liberals don’t answer to bigots.

That is why we must stand for free speech, in all forms, shapes and sizes from every institution through to every corporation and down to every personal conversation. You may not like all speech you hear, so combat it with better speech. By shutting down and silencing the ability to express oneself freely, the cure will become more harmful than the problem. Speech is no different today than it was 30 years ago. In fact it’s probably a lot better considering average joes like me actually say “N” word. But it’s technology that elevates it and it’s trolls who throw it in our faces, forcing us to look at it. What we have is a technology problem, not a speech problem. We need to stop this madness before someone decides to program this condemnation of hate into the AI that will bring upon the singularity and once it realizes that every human has the capacity in their heart for hate, it decides to end the human experiment. This is not so unbelievable if you’ve been reading the new york times lately.

 

Watch: Benjamin A Boyce edit of Tim Cook’s comments

 

Watch: Jordan Peterson delivers lecture on free speech

 

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise; we do not believe in it at all.

– Noam Chomsky

Narrative Based Activism is not News

Ontario PC Party passes resolution to debate recognition of gender identity – Global News

Resolution to do away with gender identity moves forward at Tory convention – City News

Ontario’s PC party passed a non-binding resolution on Saturday calling for education around gender identity to be removed from Ontario schools, prompting critics to deride the move as an attack against transgender people – CBC

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, led by Premier Doug Ford, passed a controversial policy resolution this weekend that does not recognize gender identity. – CTV News

Ford pledges to stop motion that calls for gender identity to be removed from the health curriculum – The Toronto Star

Doug Ford says PC party proposal that declares gender identity a ‘Liberal ideology’ won’t go ahead – The National Post

The resolution, proposed at the PC party convention, was slammed as transphobic – The Huffington Post

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I attended the Ontario PC convention last weekend and from the monday morning headlines among the mainstream media you’d think it was a front for a clan rally. But somehow in just the last couple of years we have gone from it being controversial to suggest that sexual identity could extend beyond mere male and female to it now being controversial to suggest that male and female ever existed in the first place. And to suggest such things are bigotry. Well, as someone who attended the convention I’d like to give my first hand accounts of the events that took place. Also address the allegations from Jim Karahajackass that the election was rigged. TVO Agenda Interview with Jim Karahalios

 

“I’m a breathing human being that exists,” Carver said.

“I’m not an ideology. And neither are the rest of our community.”

‘Very afraid’

Carver says even debating this is in contravention of Ontario human rights laws.

“After the roll back of the sex-ed curriculum that’s taken place, and now you see that they would like to remove gender identity and trans identities completely from the schools, it kind of shows the tone that this party is willing to take,” she said.

“It makes organizations and communities like ours very afraid of what this is going to look like going forward.”

– CBC.ca

 

There was a hell of a lot that happened over the weekend but you wouldn’t know it given that almost every single media reported on one line of resolution brought before delegates by Tanya Granic Allen. Now, there’s a LOT that I can say to rebut the stories but let’s face facts, the current news is a dying media and they thrive off of click bait based stories. They feed off your outrage and drink your tears. I’m not about to call the media “the enemy of the people” or any bull crap like that. Conservatives are no longer opposition, they’re the ones sitting on the throne now. With an almost super majority too. So next election we won’t have the benefit of “change” to campaign on. So it’s important we listen carefully to what everyone is saying, even if we disagree, even if they’re fabrications of the truth. The conservatives have lots of time yet ahead to respond in whatever way they want. But that being said, if this is what the media took away from the convention then frankly it’s just too bad that they’re not mature enough to have a discussion about any other very important topics which we, as a society, will need to address over the next 3 years.

Since the election I’ve made a point to keep in touch with the party and attended a local party meeting where I put my name forward to become a delegate. Luckily I made enough friends through volunteering that others were willing to vote for me and I became a delegate to represent the Mississauga Center riding. This role enables me to participate in conventions and participate in the voting process. Having an actual voice from within the party could be an opportunity to build bridges between those who oppose the government and a party who claims to be of the people. Because I truly do believe that this government can actually have EVERYONE’S interests at heart. But waking up to see the kind of headlines I saw monday really opens my eyes to the uphill battle the whole party has ahead of it. But this does not surprise any conservative. Nor does it discourage us from wanting to reach out and welcome everyone to give the party a chance. Regardless your political stripes, after 15 years of one government, we can all agree that new faces and fresh ideas can be healthy for the province. And with the province getting further and further in debt, with yet more jobs leaving the province and having hallway healthcare, we ALL felt there could be improvements to the way this province was being governed. Even if some of us are too stubborn to admit it.

Well the new government is here and if nothing else, they’ve proven that they’re willing to work their butts off to get shit done. They’re giving it their all to deal with all our baggage NOW, TODAY, instead of leaving it for our children and grandchildren to deal with. But dealing with that is going to take ACTUAL leadership. The kind of leadership that means making unpopular decisions. And that’s just that much more contentious when we live in such a populist age. But conservatives understand that we are adaptable, strong people who would gladly carry today’s burden if it meant opportunity for our future generations. Because it won’t just be debt they’ll be dealing with. It’ll be a landscape of complete automation takeover. We haven’t even been mature enough to discuss the implications of social media’s impact on society let alone what the impact automation innovation will have on our economy. We have more students in postsecondary than ever before at the brink of the dawn of modernization. And that conversation isn’t on ANY media’s radar. It’s not even a priority on a list of things to consider. And that’s how we’re already failing the next generation. Just like the last generation failed us by pushing postsecondary and discouraging skilled trades.

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What I CAN tell you are some of the things that the media decided was irrelevant to cover:

– Ford announced that people earning less than $30 000 per year won’t pay income tax
– Christine Elliot (Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care) and Lisa MacLeoud (ministry of children, community and social services and minister responsible for women’s issues) tabled an open forum on issues involving their affairs where they took questions. They discussed the overlap between their ministries and how ministers would be working together on many issues to break a culture of segregated duties that left a lot of people in the lurch over “that’s not my job”. And how eliminating red tape and layers of bureaucracy would help open up ministers to getting more directly involved with constituents and getting more hands on with tackling the problems.

Find me one single news report that mentioned anything about human trafficking and I will give you $100. Because Mrs. McLeod declared that Ontario is under a human trafficking crisis. Many girls involved as young as 11 years old. Did you see any reference to that in any news feeds? She also addressed staggering rates of high school and postsecondary drop outs. So that’s on the table to investigate more. And Mrs. Elliott declared they were on point to opening 1000 spaces for hospitals for this year’s flu season. Apparently there are going to be more announcements on this stuff on thursday. So stay tuned.

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– A few of the other resolutions that we voted on included initiatives to promote students pursuing skilled trades (FINALLY THANK GOD) and apparently they’ll be coming out with a more expansive plan to open the trades up so there aren’t such strict regulations around taking on apprentices. I’ve only been waiting for ANY acknowledgement for trade jobs since I started my apprenticeship back in 2006. Until now the only thing was a $1000 grant you could apply to for passing plumbing college courses.
– We voted on other resolutions to promote farming and there were talks about utilizing migrants skilled in agriculture to help grow rural Ontario
– We voted on a resolution to improve community based policing. To recognize that people who live around the Jane and Finch community have different needs than other communities 20 minutes outside in any direction, let alone the differences between suburban Ontario, rural Ontario and downtown cores. In today’s anti-cop culture, this is something we need to address.

And then there was the Tanya Granic Allen resolutions. There were several of them. And the vast majority them on saturday were based around the school curriculum and Kathleen wynne policies and bill89. (Bill89 Interpretation) They were to create a parental bill of rights, which I’m sure first nations people would have appreciated back in the residential school days. Another was to acknowledge parents as the first educators of their children. Stuff that should be common sense but after the assault on the family that was the kathleen wynne government, it’s now necessary for political parties to openly declare their positions on the role of the family. This included an acknowledgement that parents are the first educators of their children. Which is absolutely true! In what world are parents not responsible to raise and inform their children to prepare them for a diverse, modern world? But none of those make for good headlines when you’re trying to outrage your readers I guess. And very counter narrative to be portraying conservatives as protecting rights to cultural traditions and values.

It was papa Trudeau who famously said, “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” And we’re just saying that actually extends to the rest of the house. And then I was thrilled to vote to repeal Bill89 to revert the amendments to the child services act back to how it was before Kathleen Wynne decided that she had the right to remove your kids if you failed to affirm their gender transition, regardless the age. Yeah, we don’t let 5 year old boys walk into the doctor’s office to get a vasectomy or a 5 year old girl getting her tubes tied but God forbid you don’t hook them up to puberty blockers because they claimed they identified more with the opposing gender.

And this is where things get controversial. Not because there’s anything controversial with not wanting to treat your child as a social experiment, but because there are people who actually believe this is an acceptable way to treat a child. Are all these resolutions necessary? Well when you have teachers openly advertising to the world that they have no intention of respecting any wishes of the current government. And the teachers union openly encourages teachers to protest this government. If only they had this much zeal when the Liberals took away collective bargaining and retroactively removed contractual benefits over bill115. (CBC on Bill 115) So yeah, I believe these resolutions were actually necessary. That’s why I also voted for a resolution to make it mandatory for schools to advise parents a day ahead of teaching any sex ed. So if you know your kid’s teacher is an activist you have the ability to pull your child from indoctrination class. Not that I’m happy at the idea of this level of distrust of the education system but it is a symptom of the times we are now living in.

So then we got to the resolution where Tanya calls for an end to the teaching of “Gender Identity Theory” because it is a “highly controversial, unscientific liberal ideology”. The resolutions required 2/3 support to vote. The vast majority of delegates voted in favour of the resolutions, passing them all. I was among those who voted in favour and were very proud to do so. But not one single of these resolutions have anything to do with actual transgender people. The key word you need to pay attention to here is the word “theory”. Conservatives are not like these “progressives” who feel the need to hide behind dressed up language and talk in circles around what they actually mean. The theory is a direct reference to the Marxist method of critique for the purposes of deconstruction. It is not the role of the teacher to contest science through marxist critical theory. Biology is not a theory or bigotry. Biology is reality. And the resolution was aimed to draw a clear distinction between the home and the classroom. The classroom is for teaching facts and the home is for teaching values. Any parents who don’t want to love, embrace and value their children, we have child services for that.

We, in the city, sometimes fail to observe the occasional social bubble we can get trapped in. The majority of Ontarians support these changes and repeatedly complained to the Kathleen Government that she hadn’t consulted with them at all before making any of these radical changes. This government is doing just this, consulting. But it’s typical that we cannot even table a discussion of these subjects without being denounced by every media outlet. These aren’t direct policies either, these are votes on subject matter towards policy creation for next year’s convention. So right now they’re nothing more than conversation. Taking a temperature of relevant issues. And it’s not like the newspapers even engaged in that dialogue, it’s just your typical “bigot, racist, homophobe, transphobe, etc etc etc” and making sure every person you interview talks about how scared they are. Because treating the government as the boogeyman isn’t intellectually dishonest at all. But the media is not speaking for the actual majority view of the people. All they have demonstrated by their headlines are that they are narrative based activism, not the objective news that people deserve.

If you want to understand better how the wider main stream media manipulates the truth, feel free to watch this video lecture with Melanie Phillips: Melanie Philips Lecture on how media manipulate the truth.

Conservatives don’t have gender or ethnicity quotas. And the party has displayed quite well that this has not held anyone back from entering the party. The media would have you believe this is the party of white supremacists. I’m not saying all conservatives are angels, we’re all just people and some of us can be assholes but most of us are good people. And this government manages a visibly diverse cabinet and inner party executive base. What these resolutions are about are drawing a line in the sand to define what things go too far. And all you need to do to see what’s wrong with these regressive ideologies on the left is simply contemplate 10 years into the future to see all implications of all these things we cling to in the name of “compassion”. The road to hell was paved with good intentions. And it’s time for everyone to know that it’s ok to have these conversations, it’s ok to stand up and say “no”.

A girl does not have to be the same as a boy to be equal. Diversity is our strength BECAUSE of our differences. Our ability to build bridges make us more innovative and more effective as a collective. Multiculturalism at its best is colour blind. Rating and ranking groups of people on superficial traits like skin colour is nothing more than divisive, regressively tribal and in contempt of individual sovereignty.

The conservatives won the election with an almost super majority because people of all walks of life around Ontario do not want their children to be social experiments. The actual science (as per sex researcher Dr. Debra Soh) says that the vast majority of children who identify with the opposing gender at an early age turn out to be gay. To see homosexual tendencies in your child and immediately act to affirm a transition of their own gender is nothing more than trying to train the gay out of your child in an act of some kind of bizarre inverted homophobia. My daughter won’t be a lesbian if she’s a straight man. My son won’t be gay if he’s a woman. And even if they are among the less than 1% of people who actually do truly feel they were born in the wrong body, they can wait till they’re adults to make that very adult decision. Why do you NEED hormone blockers for a minor? So they’ll be more “passable” when they transition in the future?

Hey, if I had a kid and they showed me that they truly believed they were a trapped in the wrong body, I would do everything in my power to make my kid feel comfortable in their own skin and I’d like to think we would find a way to make it work. People seem to think this attitude is rare when in reality the vast majority of families actually love and support their kids. And no one wants to see ANY kid left behind. But to subject the rest of the 99% of children and families to this deconstructionist post-modern authoritarianism is just insane. And that’s what the province told us on election day, it was actually campaigned on by Doug Ford.

Look, identity is a complex thing. If Kathleen Wynne had not gone SO extreme with her ideological possession then the pendulum wouldn’t need to autocorrect so hard. There is a reason why the Liberals got reduced below party status on election day. And if you want to believe it’s because of homophobic bigots then I ask you, who voted her into a majority in the prior election? The same homophobic bigots? She had a real opportunity here and she completely blew it by betraying the center. She stopped listening. I believe there is room for us to ALL agree on these issues. We all spend like the first 30 years of our lives trying to figure out who we are. Politically, sexually, philosophically, technically, artistically, athletically, etc. No one is saying there is no room for healthy discussion around the things that make us different. And it’s important that we observe, listen and learn from those who struggle through this. Vice did an indepth doc on trans children.

To the handful of parents who do have to deal with gender dysphoria issues with their little kids, my heart really does hurt for them. It really is a very complex issue. And very scary. But it’s more than clear to me that these unique situations need to be treated as a case by case basis. There may be situations where hormone blockers really are the best path forward. I literally cannot think of one scenario like that but I’m open to the possibility of it. But that’s up to that family to decide. Not any level of government bureaucracy. How anyone can’t agree on that is so fucking crazy to me. To subject an entire province to government tyranny like this based on junk science really just shows the contempt some people have for the vast majority of us.

But the differences of a classroom will vary from classroom to classroom and it’s the role of the teacher to identify the needs of the students and cater to those needs. But we need to get back to a time when teachers and parents had healthy, trusting relationships and the child’s best interests at the forefront. But we will never get to that place, we will never get to that place if we cannot entertain any shred of nuance. This is not debating anyone’s “existence” or “humanity” or anything like that. We’re trying to find a way forward that works for EVERYONE and gets education RIGHT. Not something that works for less than 1% of people and sticks the rest of us with the middle finger. When you get education right everything else falls into place. Deconstructing known facts in the name of “progressiveness” and “compassion” will only hurt society. Like, where would you draw the line? Should we allow the teaching of flat earth theory? Just because something calls itself “inclusive” doesn’t mean that’s actually good for us.

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These are not my ideas by the way. there is a very vocal minority of professors who are speaking out about this stuff in academia. A minority because people are frankly terrified of the mob violence naysayers are subjected to. If this stuff is all relatively new to you then I highly advise you check out this fantastic lecture by Gad Saad.

Take the case of Emile Ratelbrand, the 69-year-old Dutchman who is seeking to change his age to 49. It’s hard to find a girlfriend when you’re 69, you know? Employers constantly discriminate against him based on his age but who are they to say that a 69 year old man can’t work a physical labour job for the next 30 years? Does the military or police or firefighters have a special bigoted, ageist agenda to hold back older people? why should they treat a 69 year old any different from a 19 year old? They don’t know his lived experience, they don’t know his truth! If you think this is ridiculous then you just haven’t been paying attention. If you do not stand for anything you just fall for everything. And we can discuss what things are actually good but there is no debating things that are actually bad. Bad actions actually tilt this world towards hell and we need to all shake hands, unite and move forward together.

I mean, if we’re going to talk about gay rights or trans rights then let’s discuss THAT. It’s not hard to observe all the ways homosexual and trans people experience REAL hate around the world. Whether that be the solidarity march in Ukraine that even the police failed to protect victims over. Or being sentenced to death through sharia law, resulting in being thrown off the roof of a high rise building. Or perhaps the leader of the country refuses to even acknowledge that their country even has a homosexual population. And even here at home we have places like covenant house which houses teenagers who have been kicked out of their homes for coming out to their parents. These are very real issues.

Simply discussing policy is not homophobia or transphobia. It’s a slap in the face to people who have actually experienced real hate and it actually creates a larger stigma against homosexuals and trans individuals. If we’re going to talk about one’s own “humanity” then we need to stop weaponizing actual people to be used as slurs against people and ideas we disagree with. There is nothing more patronizing than someone getting offended on my behalf. These people have dealt with tougher issues than the majority of us, they don’t need Andrea Horwath crying for them when her tears come with a subscription fee. Pride is more important than just some weekend event. And I’d like to invite all LGBTQ people to unite on this front and demand politicians stop using them as populist fodder for cheap political points. They deserve better. And I want to make it my mission to make sure that this PC government has an ear open to listen to ALL people. That’s why I invite you to put Ontario on your agenda. Let’s make Ontario the uniting tribe that we can all relate to. Let’s focus more on listening to one another. Your interests as an Ontarian are my interests as an Ontarian.

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Now to address these claims of voting fraud. Take a look at that picture above. See how my voting card has been stamped? That means I voted. And it means you’re only voting once. If I were to slap another sticker over my name the hole would still be punched in the tag. They specifically had a table of people you went to before voting to handle your tag to verify you haven’t already voted. I even hung around the area while waiting on a few others and I did not see anyone voting more than once or anything sketchy at all. All these constitution amendments that he talked about in the TVO interview that were all so based on “democracy” were crazy. Things like if the party leader pisses you off you get to vote on kicking him out. Because apparently no one has learned anything from the chaos that was patrick brown. How the fuck does that not leave things open for any special interest group to come in and sabotage the whole party right before an election? Once you have a leader you need to get behind that leader and unite as a party, not constantly hold them hostage to inner party squabbling. Almost all his amendments were voted down and he lost the bid for party president and now he’s just butt hurt as all hell and throwing a temper tantrum. And the fact that he doesn’t care how it makes the party as a whole look is pretty disgraceful. I was shocked at how much support he had. But I’m glad Jim lost.

 

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”

– Elvis Presley