jason kenney should resign because...

Before the last federal election here in Canada, I asked readers to finish this sentence: "We don't want another Harper Government because...". It was a long list.

Now here we are, one prorogue and one massive Liberal cave-in later, still labouring under this endless so-called minority government. It's frustrating for so many reasons.

These days much of my anger focuses on Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and [ha!] Multiculturalism. (I prefer Olivia Chow's more accurate title, Minister of Censorship and Deportation.) The man is a disgrace to Canada, and an embarrassment to the Conservative Party. He should be fired or resign.

Kenney has been at the epicenter of a series of decisions that expose the Harper government's racist, xenophobic, exclusionary ideology. There's talk that Kenney is positioning himself for a run at the party leadership. The inner workings of the Conservative Party of Canada aren't a topic of concern on wmtc - unless they want to split back into the two parties from whence they came. Stephen Harper has clearly lost control of the yes-men that surround him, but whether Kenney has run amok or if his mouth runs with the blessing of Prime Minister Fisher-Price doesn't matter to me.

Here's what matters.

  • Kenney cut government funds to the Canadian Arab Federation, because they express support for Hamas and Hezbollah, which Canada classifies as terrorist organizations. Nowhere have I seen the government accuse the CAF of being a terrorist organization, only that they express support for the democratically elected leaders of the Palestinian people. That is censorship. That is bigotry.

    The CAF itself has an active immigrant settlement program, including an English as a Second Language program...

  • So naturally, Kenney declared that immigrants who don't speak one of Canada's official languages "well enough" should be denied citizenship.

  • Banning British MP and peace activist George Galloway was outrageous...

  • But it was also in keeping with the government barring entry to other peace activists, most notably Ann Wright and Medea Benjamin, which has been going on for two years, and continues to this day. Ann Wright was scheduled to speak at the opening session of a student peace conference at Toronto's Ryerson University, just before George Galloway's scheduled appearance. Wright appeared by video, because she is denied entry into Canada.

  • The government's continuing denials of an emergency passport to Abousfian Abdelrazik (Canadian citizen) is maddening and indefensible...

  • ...but completely in keeping with its refusal to bring home Omar Khadr (Canadian citizen) - while somehow managing to get Brenda Martin (Canadian citizen) back in Canada. Why is that, I wonder?

  • Deporting war resisters, against the will of Parliament and the majority of the Canadian people, also falls under this category. War resisters oppose a racist war of aggression. War resisters represent peace, and the vision of an international world not divided by racism, nationalism and hatred.

    There are many ways to finish the sentence, "Jason Kenney should resign because...". What am I missing?
  • No comments: