A 'this is MAGA country' moment to call our very own
Things get a little hoax-y in the hoax capital of Canada, Rupa Subramanya of the Free Press shares her thoughts, and a few questions are asked of the professionally aggrieved.
Ottawa is an interesting town.
Not interesting in the traditional sense, it carries the nickname of “the city that fun forgot” for a reason.
Interesting in that, for all the beauty of the National Capital Region, the splendour of Parliament, the novelty of semi-affordable housing, and the relative intrigue that comes from proximity to power, the increasing mania of its organized left, coupled with the ghosts (and even phantom honks!) left behind by the Freedom Convoy, have turned a sleepy government town into a veritable charcuterie board of crazy.
On your far, far left? Labour organizers. Tru-Anon grandmas. All the purple hair dye in the Laurentians. Forever maskers. ‘Anti-hate’ hustlers. Pro-establishment, discount-brand Antifa. Gender ideologues. And a few batty city councillors and MPPs.
And to the right of them? Most normal people.
In a post-convoy world, this dogged and determined group, which at times resembles Batman’s rogues’ gallery of colourful villains, has made a very niche name for themselves by reinforcing new-age Trudeau gender dogmas, getting the elbows out against free speech at a few ‘counter protests,’ and by wildly inflating their after action statistics. (To the professionally aggrieved, blocking an intersection for a few hours is now a “battle” worthy of a placard. Our finest hour, she ain’t.)
But credit where it’s due: at least they leave the house. These are Tru-Anon Twitter trolls made real; the kinds of pensioners who tell Ottawa resident — and Canadian citizen — Rupa Subramanya to “go back home to India” every time she shares a tale from the Freedom Convoy, or finds herself performing even more world-beating citizen journalism at a protest between those “deplorable” Canadians who are just supposed to accept entropy-by-design, and the Liberal establishment counter-protesters who hate them so.
On Friday, Rupa found herself in the midst of another fray: the largest protest against gender ideology in Canadian history. Concerned parents from all cultures and backgrounds came out in opposition to the increasing encroachment of matters of identity in the classroom, as some governments and school boards even seek to keep changing pronouns a secret from legal guardians.
They are children. Wherever their path of potential exploration or transition leads them, they cannot be counted on to make permanent decisions based on psychosocial factors beyond their understanding. All that most parents are asking for is time. It shouldn’t be unreasonable to want to resist the pronouns and puberty blockers fast-track until the child grows into adulthood. We all go through phases. When you’re a teen, every emotion or heartache feels like forever. Then it isn’t.
The protest was imperfect, as these things are, and it ‘kicked off’ thanks to a few provocateurs, as these things do.
I mean, just look at the determination from Team Gender Ideology. Now that’s commitment to the cause.
“The only violence I witnessed was when a couple of masked trans rights activists pushed against ‘Billboard Chris,’ and tried to run him into the ground. I shared a video on Twitter where you can clearly see them trying to push him,” Rupa shared with yours truly, when I reached out for comment on her experience.
‘Billboard Chris,’ a parental rights activist, had been wearing a “children cannot consent to puberty blockers” billboard, a sentiment that wouldn’t register as all that controversial in a quiet majority of households.
As the dust began to settle, the media smears became predictable…
But then a funny thing happened on the way to the purple-haired forum, a sitting Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament (or, MPP), decided to take the smears and mischaracterizations one step too far. In doing so, he appears to have joined the ranks of Jussie Smollett.
And the twists and turns from this made-in-Canada “this is MAGA country!” moment are just getting started.