Reflections on the revolution in Canada | Otis Griffin


My family really likes Canada – my mother especially (a rather informal start to the article but bear with me). My former bible tutor – God rest his soul – loved Canada, and his sister does too. Most of my peers also really like Canada. Canada is currently one of the most-searched countries for tourism online, and has typically been regarded as a liberal paradise – especially by the progressive left. The reader has almost certainly guessed this build-up is to demonstrate my own scepticism of how great Canada is, but there is a greater purpose involved. Currently I am reading the great pamphlet by Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France. Despite being only 125 or so pages in, there are stark similarities between the West’s overthrow of traditional society and the French Revolution, but there is none other country which the outside world is so cheering on the abandonment of liberty and traditional morals as some Britons originally reacted to the French Revolution than Canada. Many American liberals tried and did move to Canada in order to flee President Trump to continue residing in a progressive utopia. In addition to this, the maple-leaf nation is hailed as a leader in LGBT and human rights, but it is questionable as to whether all is well in the vanguard of multiculturalism.

Human rights are subject to criticism for their ability to protect the undeniably guilty from what many regard as proper punishment. Even still, the ideas of the right to life, freedom of opinion and expression as well as freedom of thought and religion are all good for any society. Some people may even agree that the right of social service – the right that guarantees “a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family” – is also valuable. So to read in The Spectator that Canada is extending euthanasia to include under the grounds of being poor perplexes me as to why Canada remains so highly regarded among nations for human rights, especially given reports of abuse and coercion into opting for suicide. Maybe when the debate progresses so far as to seriously consider children for assisted suicide – let’s call it what it is – Canada will drop a few ranks down the Universal Human Rights Index.

This is almost certainly overly-optimistic, because Canada has not been internationally reprimanded for arresting a father for publicly talking about his female-to-male child’s sex change, and using the pronouns “she/her” as opposed to “he/him” when discussing her/him. Not allowing his 15-year-old child to undergo hormone therapy and talking to the media constituted “family violence” according to an article by Global News. This ruling is nonsense, of course, and violates the father’s right to family life and freedom of expression. In revolutionary Canada, parents no longer have authority over their children; now the state is your father. Sorry, that’s too hierarchical and patriarchal – the state is your comrade.

Social order will inevitably collapse into tyranny when you overthrow the foundations of your society. In the West, we have Christianity as our historical foundation for our morality and politics – see Francis Fukuyama for further details. Edmund Burke was very concerned with the direction France took in throwing away its traditions and all previous wisdom to start anew, concerned that it will have adverse effects on liberty and order. We have already seen that liberty is under attack in Canada, so can we identify an overthrow of Christianity? Over the last few years, dozens of churches have been burned to the ground in Canada – and not just one specific denomination; Orthodox, Catholic, and Anglican and Presbyterian churches have been attacked or vandalised. Over 45 acts of vandalism or arson may have occurred to Christian communities over events that nobody alive is responsible for – however terrible they may have been. Of course, few arrests have been made, and of course, there is support among “civil liberties” groups. How ironic that human rights groups support the violation of the right to freedom of religion. So yes, Canada’s moral foundations are under attack, and the Liberal government isn’t keen to stop it.

History is important in forming national identity. Without national identity, acting cohesively as a nation is hard. History is, like many in countries in the West though thankfully beyond Britain so far, being torn down in Canada. A Queen Victoria statue-toppling that was thankfully condemned by Boris Johnson occurred last year as a violent response to the same tragedy that caused many to burn down churches. The deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of native Canadian children is terrible, if that wasn’t clear already, and still the decision by many to target the Church and a monarch who was passionately against slavery is the wrong decision. Should more graves be uncovered or some other horrific event is uncovered, the response may become more extreme – and the Liberal government has again shown complacency. If Canada’s Liberal government is content with arresting parents for talking about their children, and with killing the poor, who is to say what could happen?

Of course, Canada hasn’t got an A* for human rights for no reason, despite little care for freedom of religion and speech. A Canadian court ruled that misgendering is a human rights violation, specifically the repeated usage of the wrong pronouns. A worker was awarded $30,000 as a result of this. This is concerning for one very simple reason; you are no longer allowed to disagree. A decade ago, the subject of gender identity was very clearly a debate, in which you could express your thoughts in support of either side. Now the state has ruled in favour of one side despite the debate not having any conclusion; the subject of gender identity in the current form is new in the West, and there is good reason to disagree with the progressive left on this topic, especially on religious grounds and especially if the disagreement is peaceful and non-violent. Canada’s political system has gone down the route of authoritarian progressivism, and there are little signs that there is a way out for them.

I do not use the term “authoritarian” lightly. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner stated this year that people should report “anti-government” and “anti-authority” opinions on the internet. While she assures the public that she has no intention of “policing the thoughts of Canadians” – even though she is – and that this law will be used against extremists, we have already seen abuse of power with new legislation with such delicate matters over life in regards to euthanasia. If the aforementioned parental issue results in arrest, what else will? According to one article, apparently “grievance-driven ideologies” involving the “environment, animal rights, etc.” are up for report. Make of that what you will.

What is bizarre is the extent to which Canadians support the curtailment of their own freedom. A majority of Canadians support government efforts to restrict free speech according to one poll, as well as further restrictions on the unvaccinated. The liberty of those who have chosen not to take the COVID-19 vaccine is being curtailed, and given the progressive left’s track record of “cancelling” progressives who are no longer progressive enough it isn’t a stretch to say that this is bad news for anyone who holds conservative, Christian or general right-wing views in Canada. Unvaccinated Canadians face restrictions on their ability to use public infrastructure, and it is unlikely that this will change any time soon.

Unlike the vandalists who toppled a statue of Queen Victoria, the “Freedom Convoy” organisers – primarily truckers opposed to vaccine mandates – have faced criminal charges. Trudeau’s unprecedented usage of the Emergency Powers Act to do away with protesters he disagrees with is just another affront to liberty and the rule of law. The Canadian Liberal government is perfectly content with forcing crowdfunding sites to report donations for the protesters to the federal anti-money laundering agency, requiring banks to freeze the bank accounts of protesters and to report anyone in relationships with said protesters and so on and so forth. If this isn’t a violation of property rights and peoples’ ability to pay for food at a time of rising costs of living, then what is it?

Revolutionary policies and social change is a slippery slope. Returning to the subject of the French Revolution, Canada is the prime 21st-century example of how awful the progressive revolution can get, and the worst of it is probably yet to come. If you still have some sympathy for the Liberal government, arguing that COVID is too deadly to risk spread, I am sure that a substantial portion of Canadians would likely agree that the one-third of Liberal cabinet ministers who own property as an investment likely have an interest in house prices increasing (which is choking young people’s ability to be financially independent). I am sure this isn’t controversial among both the left and the right, which likely explains why the Liberal vote share has declined in the last two federal elections, both of which resulted in the Liberal Party losing the popular vote to the Conservatives. But it’s violations of trust like this that often go under the radar due to more cultural disagreements, or conservative objections to liberal social engineering taking precedent. But financial corruption is a story for another article.

I wrote this article over several days, one of which was Saturday. Generally speaking, church is something that I try to go to as many times as possible, and the Saturday 9:30 Eucharist was one of those times. As I walked on the way back from church down the hill I lived on that gave me a beautiful view of Essex and London, I spotted, in the distance, a church spire, poking up from a layer of trees. I hope that in a few decades’ time that church is still there, safe from revolutionary violence, providing a moral bedrock for the British nation. British conservatives, and politicians in the Conservative Party for that matter, must observe Canada and take note of what can happen, and avoid it at all costs.


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