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Canada's political compass is veering far right

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22.04.2019

Recently, Canadian politicians have taken a rebar-hard, right-wing turn in pursuit of victory.

This fact may come as unsettling news to scores of progressives at home and abroad who remain wedded to the fantasy that Canada is an ideological, as well as geographical, antidote to the metastasising plague of Donald Trump.

This foolish myth - promoted by centrist US writers who have thanked God for Canada's "moral" leadership and are blinded to the truth by the florid rhetoric of a telegenic prime minister - was recently laid bare.

Only days ago, the United Conservative Party (UCP) won a majority government in Alberta's provincial election. The party's leader, Jason Kenney - a steadfast disciple of ex-Tory Prime Minister Stephen Harper - told his giddy supporters that the oil-rich western province was "open for business". Not done recycling that pitiable trope, Kenney added another: "Friends, tonight the silent majority has spoken."

Predictably, what Kenney failed to raise with his triumphant crowd and, by extension, Canadians outside Alberta, was the sorry, instructive reality that his party has also fielded candidates who: are "saddened by the demographic replacement of white peoples in their homelands"; share "Muslim migrant rape crisis" conspiracy theories online; question whether there are any "redeeming values" in LGBTQ Pride parades; warn against their children being "brainwashed into accepting perversions as alternative lifestyles"; hold that "the possibility of a grown man sharing a washroom with a little girl… is a perversion"; offer this sartorial advice for women: "[It would be] very prudent to have the females dress modestly".

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