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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

BIRCH -- Of course, discrimination laws apply to everyone already, but identifying specific groups gives the ability to further divide society



Identity politics is a way of dividing a nation into ever smaller interest groups and then turning them against each other. We call them ‘communities’ to give legitimacy to the new identity. It builds fear, distrust and even hatred between the groups. These can be based on gender, race, sexual orientation or anything else that can be imagined.
 
Once a level of fear has been built in any given group, it can be manipulated and transferred into votes because the government promises to protect the minorities that they created. Identity politics is devastating because breaks down social structures and stifles the debate and free speech that democracy is founded on. With identity politics, disagreeing with someone becomes proof that you have a hidden agenda against them.

The Liberal Party is particularly good at identity politics as shown by John O’Fee’s article, “What Every Compassionate Conservative Needs to Do.”


There was a bill, C-16, that the Liberal Party passed three and a half years ago. It focused on specifying the need for governmental protection for the new Trans-Gendered identity community. It noted that discrimination laws needed to be applied to them specifically.

Of course, discrimination laws apply to everyone already, but identifying specific groups gives the ability to further divide society.  Andrew Scheer voted no to this bill and in O’Fee’s estimation, this proves that Andrew Scheer was not sincere in his statement last Saturday when he said that he would treat all groups with respect and compassion.

A statement that should not even be needed except for the accusations that have been fabricated against Scheer.

There are a great many reasons why an MP may vote against a bill, even a bill that they might agree with in principle.  Perhaps they think it is poorly worded and may have unintentional consequences. Perhaps they are concerned that it will continue to propagate identity politics. But in O’Fee’s opinion, voting against Bill C-16 was proof of a nefarious plot against anyone who is different.

The truth is that the Liberal Party is out of gas.

The SNC scandal has shown them to be morally bankrupt and that they don’t believe their own virtue signaling on supporting women and First Nations. Their continuing deficits have shown that they either lied about their economic intentions or are completely incompetent. And the list of Liberal failures goes on and on.

So, what is a party to do when they have nothing to offer the Canadian people?

They fall back on their old standby, identity politics!  Bring up the so called ‘hidden conservative agenda’ and then divide and conquer the nation. This is the legacy of the Liberal Party; a fractured society that is afraid to debate anything for fear of offending someone.

And that is how they like us; easy to manipulate.


Tom Birch is a business systems analyst from Prince George, and is a member of Mensa. He ran in the 2013 provincial election for the BC Conservative Party, and served for one year as its president

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