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What Canada Will Not Tolerate

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Thirty-five years ago, for a very brief time in the summer of 1980 (or perhaps '79) I wore the uniform of a Canadian Naval Reservist (as part of a modest 8 week summer program designed to introduce high school graduates into the military service). I wore the ceremonial white belt, carried the standard rifle fitted with the bayonet, and stayed after hours late in the evenings to train with the honour guard. So when a reservist wearing a white belt carrying a ceremonial rifle (no ammo) with fixed bayonet was shot and killed five blocks from my house yesterday I felt it. My father stands at that cenotaph, our national war memorial, every year wearing his service medals. He felt it. Our nation stands there today and feels it. Together we mourn the senseless death of a fine young man, Nathan Cirillo, murdered by a coward, a common criminal whose name is not worth repeating.

The coward was soon killed by a brave 58 year old man, Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, charged with the security of the House of Commons and Parliament Hill. Vickers is a man who does not tolerate those who are different. He embraces them and ensures that they are welcome among us.

Canada will not tolerate the other, those who are different, those who worship other gods and hold other values. We do far more than merely tolerate difference. We embrace the diversity that makes us human and by embracing the other we will provide all our children with a life of peace, order, and good government.

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  1. ScratchnSniff0's Avatar
    Give 'em hell E-Male!
  2. Grunt 70's Avatar
    Good on you...good on Canada. As soon as I heard yesterday I was worried about you and your wife and of course for everyone else affected.
  3. YerMom's Avatar
    I've often wondered why Canada and America are so different when they are so close. Americans often have a foggy view of Canada, especially when you go further South. I have to admit a profound respect for Canada. You guys seem to have a better grasp on your s*** than America does... that's for sure.

    That said, it's surprising to me to see the same issues up there that we have down here. I suppose ignorance exists in it's truest form in all places, some more than others.

    I've always believed that Canada will take over the world one day. In America, we often get news that isn't exactly trustworthy.. it largely doesn't cover the vast majority of the planet, but rather what is the most grotesque at the time. Of all the things we hear about day in and day out... Canada is literally like the bottom of the list. You NEVER hear about Canada. It's like you guys are the silent guy in the corner scheming about how he is going to take control.

    I suspect that in the future we are going to see more crimes of this nature... not only in our home lands but abroad. I sincerely hope that our leadership, and yours, can come to understand that things need to be changed. I don't fully understand the laws in Canada, but I know if they are anything like America then they need to be worked on. We are running a country in 2014 based on rules built almost 300 years ago. They just cannot apply anymore, and they need to be restructured and redesigned.

    I have a very young family, and I worry daily about the day I have to send them to school. My children, however, will understand how to respect a weapon as well as the people around them. If all parents could say the same about their children, the world would be a much different place. Unfortunately, both here and in Canada and across the planet, parents are becoming more and more like the children they fail at raising.

    I'm sorry to hear that the same ignorance that is afflicting our great nation is also afflicting yours. I can only sincerely offer my hope that it does not become as commonplace there as it is here.

    Mom
  4. E-Male's Avatar
    It is a global world order, we all suffer from the same afflictions, and the world has suffered from the afflictions of modern empires for centuries. So yes, Canada and the USA are different and not so different (a topic I lecture on every week at uOttawa). And in my last book, and in my next book, I argue that the conflicts will increase as the waters rise, the crops fail, and the temperature rises.

    We need to tear down walls, not build them higher.
  5. YerMom's Avatar
    I concur. From what I hear, 3/4 of the country didn't vote in this election... "A new Republican majority wouldn't mean we'd be able to get everything you want from Washington. But it would mean we'd be able to bring the current legislative gridlock to a merciful end. It means we'd be able to start sending bills to the president's desk again, just as the American people expect." That is a direct quote from Mitch Mcconnell, our new majority leader. He basically, in more words, said that "unless you vote republican this election cycle, we will continue to not do anything." I call that tyranny... maybe it's just me.

    There is entirely too much partisan junk in our government, and there is entirely too much money in their pockets. If it were up to me, I'd give them all $40k a year and not let them even talk about a dime of money other than that. Let them live on our median salary for a while and see how quick they start changing things. It's crazy, and 3/4 of the country is sick of it.

    I don't keep up with Canada... so I can only hope that you guys are better off than we are. At the very least, here's to hoping your government isn't being held ransom by the people your citizens elected.

    Mom

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