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So we're really doing this, huh?
Marco Mendicino sweats through his shirt, and an actual free speech war begins.
To have had the distinct misfortune to catch this week’s Question Period, wherein Trudeau’s desperate and dishonourable Minister of Public Safety flop-sweated through his shirt — his forehead glistening like a Swiss Chalet rotisserie chicken — was to come to the sad realization that this is now the best these Liberals have to offer.
After granting unto themselves all but Emergencies Act powers over all that Canadians see and hear online, and with the continued protection provided by the hollow shell of Tommy Douglas’s NDP and Trudeau’s so-called ‘non-partisan’ Senate stacked with personal appointees, never has Parliamentary procedure been made to matter less.
Surely even Douglas, who had abhorrent views on eugenics, would have opposed the forced sterilization of one-time principles of peace, order, and good government.
Caught in an undeniable on-the-record lie, with regards to matters of continued Liberal obfuscation of Chinese interference, and at-the-time known yet covered-up threats to Conservative MP Michael Chong’s family back in Hong Kong, Mendicino, who once sent flirty late-night texts pining for tanks to be deployed against peaceful working-class protesters on Wellington Street, went back to that oh-so-familiar wellspring of government disinformation.
The former crown prosecutor — for whom human rights lawyers should probably start combing through a few of his more borderline cases — worked himself into such a lather, even Mark Gerretsen came off as the adult on Beijing’s preferred side of the room.
Credit where it’s due to ‘CBC Watcher,’ the performance brought a certain untethered and anxious motivational speaker to mind, in the form of Matt Foley, one of Chris Farley’s great comedic creations.
The Member of Parliament for Livin’ in a Van—Down by the River didn’t end proceedings in the House by faceplanting through a coffee table, before being locked out by one of the few good Liberals left (who far too often choose to stay quiet out of fear of Trudeau’s infamous reprisals, particularly towards women), but he most certainly fell flat.
Since then, even establishment media types have called for his resignation, but as we well know, those old rules no longer apply.
Caught in one of many lies on known PRC interference? Blame the deep state; then let them blame you back; then turn to slandering Chong to exonerate the boss and all his apparent ties to the Mandarin bloc:
“We saw this with Jody Wilson-Raybould, anytime that anyone has stood up to this prime minister — they attempt to discredit the victim, and victim blame.”
Everyone’s on to them this time — or at least those who aren’t paid to look the other way. In a world that makes sense, that would pose a challenge for Canada’s fledgling-in-the-polls, President Xi tribute band, who are now struggling to fill up their annual convention.
How lucky they are, then, to have Bill C-11 — and soon, Bill C-18 — riding to the rescue.
It’s no ‘right-wing’ conspiracy. The free speech battle is really here.
First, they came for the truckers, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trucker.
Then they were revealed to have sold themselves to China, and I did not speak out — because, well, that other guy acts like a bit of a know-it-all, and has mean tweets.
Then they came for Fox News, and I did not speak out — because I’m really more of a neurotic, work-from-home, MSNBC kind of public servant, who still wears a mask in their car.
Then they came for me…
Yep, we’re really doing this.
One of the many industry-expert criticisms lobbied back at Trudeau’s censorship Bill, C-11, was that it appeared alarmingly vague in the powers that it would designate to the CRTC, Canada’s radio, television, and telecom commission made up predominantly of clock-punching bureaucrats who have presided over decades of mediocre programming, and the constant exodus of artistic talent to greener pastures.
It’s no coincidence that they’re already open for pitches from Trudeau-funded lobby groups who have been shoulder-tapped to start bringing about some much-needed change to a media ecosphere that’s increasingly hostile to North American banana republics, and those who run them.
And not just content with the garden variety mass censorship of deplorable-leaning news, even the Liberal Party themselves, without the guise of working the CRTC like some meat puppet, have put forward their very own policy to all but eliminate whistleblowers (read: a certain China story).
In addition to the concerns shared by Canada Research Chair, Professor Michael Geist, even the former CRTC vice chair, Peter Menzies, appears sufficiently spooked.
“The ruling party moves to ban journalists reporting using unnamed sources. What the actual is happening to this country?”
As hard as this is to believe in a G7 country, this is really happening. It’s in the party’s very own handwriting.
‘Mission creep’ was always set to be a feature, not a bug, yet even the most fervent Trudeau-cynic expected this to take some time. What happened to the lost art of a false flag? Or taking advantage of a crisis like a pandemic?
Where’s the romance? The soft-shoe? A little wining and dining?
But attempt to take advantage of non-lobotomized Canadians at your own peril.
We’re not as uniquely pliable as we once were. When pushed far enough, we now have a tendency to gather and make a little noise. And every day, the influence of independent, non-Trudeau media continues to grow.
The free speech battle is here.
This time, I like our chances.
Alexander Brown is a writer, editor, and politico living in Toronto, Canada.
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