Following his win of the 2015 Canadian federal election, Justin Trudeau’s opined: “We believe in our hearts that this country’s unique diversity is a blessing bestowed upon us by previous generations of Canadians, Canadians who stared down prejudice and fought discrimination in all its forms. We know that our enviable, inclusive society didn’t happen by accident and won’t continue without effort. …. Have faith in your fellow citizens, my friends. They are kind and generous. They are open-minded and optimistic. And they know in their heart of hearts that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.” Its rhetoric with which we can all agree. Except that over that past couple of years under Justin Trudeau’s leadership Canada has become a place where some Canadians can fly on airlines while others are banned. And you get fired from your job with the federal government while other Canadians keep theirs. And you can’t go to a restaurant while other Canadians can. And you can’t attend your kid’s hockey game or piano recital while other parents do. Etc. Etc. In Canada we now have government mandated discrimination against Canadians based on their vaccination status. Whatever happened to Justin Trudeau’s musings about “diversity is a blessing,” and “Canadians who stared down prejudice and fought discrimination in all its forms,” and “our enviable, inclusive society”? Why does our government no longer recognize the truth that “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian”? Many Canadians believe it is time for Canada, and Justin Trudeau, to return to the magnanimity espoused in that speech from 2015.

Jeff Corbett
McBride, BC