The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our nation’s defining civil rights legislation, was formally entrenched within the Canadian constitution in the year of 1982.
Created by former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the introduction of the Charter would establish individual rights and freedoms as the essence of what it means to be a Canadian. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, the Charter informed our citizenship that personal freedom and dignity are to be considered Canada’s most cherished values.
On a broader scale, these rights were intended to apply to all “identifiable” communities within our nation. Yet, despite a thirty-five year government and media campaign to convince Canadians otherwise, true social equality based upon Charter rights is a fallacy.
To understand this curious outcome, we must look to a piece of government legislation held entirely sacrosanct within Canadian society— the Multicultural Act of 1988. The fact that this statute has eluded public scrutiny since its inception provides the first clue to its misappropriation.
Among its tenants, official multiculturalism mandates that Canada’s “minority” communities are to preserve the cultures of the nations from which they came. Each year, our largest minority communities are provided with hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars for this very purpose.
Over the past four decades, mass immigration from the third world has resulted in unprecedented demographic changes within Canada— to the extent that identifiable communities presently labelled as minorities are now majorities in nearly fifty political ridings. Has this profound transformation corresponded with an adjustment in the perception of what constitutes a minority group in Canada? Not at all. Has our government and media adjusted their political rhetoric based upon these demographic changes? Not in the least. Nor have either alluded in any form to a Statistics Canada study proclaiming that Canadians of European heritage will transition to minority status within Toronto and Vancouver by the year of 2031.
Based upon the public profile of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, one would think these traditional communities— English and French Canada in particular—do not even exist. Indeed, with the election the Trudeau government, these communities have become perfunctory at best. After six months in office, Trudeau has yet to even mention them in passing.
From a religious perspective, the very same exists for our Christian communities. Not a peep from the prime minister in reference to our nation’s Christian heritage. Indeed, Trudeau is far too busy funding and promoting Islam to bother with this or any other element of Canadian heritage.
While it is likely the majority of Canadians are at odds with these circumstances, the agenda is exactly what the doctor ordered for Canada’s powerful diversity lobby. Sensing an opportunity to further advance their Multicultural priorities, these agents of diversity have become fully energized by our current government’s dedication to third world immigrant communities.
Armed with the mighty Charter, any form of dissent within society regarding the diversity agenda is immediately labelled an act of oppression. To question or oppose our social transformation by way of third world immigration is quickly branded an act of racism. Even more extreme is the fact that political correctness has provided anti-nationalists with a license to vilify traditional Canadians—in particular, our Anglo-Canadian community.
Over the course of its twenty-eight year lifespan, Multicultural policy has evolved into an effective tool for branding Canadians of European heritage as oppressors of all non-white communities. Furthermore, when these European-derived communities attempt to display any form of solidarity presently accorded to, for example, our Sikh and Muslim communities, these actions are immediately labelled racist. Conclusion? Canada’s diversity collective— ethnic “identity” politicians, multicultural organizations, lawyers and academics—seem to believe Charter rights are intended for the exclusive use of our third world-derived immigrant communities.
What hypocrisy. Was Pierre Trudeau’s original intention to empower specific migrant communities while disempowering the descendants of the founders of our nation? Not likely. This, however, is the exact state of affairs under Canada’s ruling Liberal government.
Under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, all identifiable groups in Canada have the right to freedom of consciousness, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly. However, when considering Canada’s largest identifiable community—Anglo-Canadians— this is simply not permitted. Despite media presentation suggesting otherwise, political correctness in Canada has rendered our founding communities second-class citizens. Taking historical incidents out of context, Canadians of European origin are presently being depicted as little more than oppressors of all non-white communities. Within the diversity framework, century-old incidents such as the Chinese Head Tax and the Komagata Maru are devoid of historical context, and today function as vehicles to disparage Canada’s founding peoples.
Have we reached a point in history whereby the right to exist as an identifiable community is available to all— except for Canadians of European origin? It certainly appears this way. Through the absence of a defined cultural identity, Canadians of European heritage are presently held back from utilizing civil rights legislation in a similar manner to our government-sanctioned communities. In this, we discover the ultimate tragedy for English, French, and Christian Canada — the socially accepted, government- enforced marginalization of the descendants of the founding peoples of Canada.
Brad Salzberg, May 2016