Identity Politics in Canadian Society

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King Jr said this in his ‘I have a dream’ Speech. Given on August 28, 1963. Over 55 years later, we are in a time where the color of your skin, the way you pray, and who you love play more of a role in setting opinions of ones character than ones merits or abilities. I certainly do not think his children are living in the world he envisioned.

In a society so politically correct and hell bent on fixing the past (which is impossible) They now place a persons identity above all else. They ask about orientation and/or identity on forms and on applications. We inquire about the diversity of private organizations and government agencies. Society is prioritizing characteristics over character and when it trickles into the political sphere it starts to get scary.

I personally want someone in office that is competent because of their experience. I do not want someone elected because they look diverse. I want someone in office that shows passion, determination and commitment. Not someone that won because they were strategically placed in a riding to appeal to a demographic. This kind of politics is irresponsible and is detrimental to the growth and advancement of Canada and its people. Although, I am a supporter of technocracy, so I may be a little bias in what is a credential for a political office.

Recently media has been obsessed with portraying right wing political parties as either racist, homophobic, Islamophobic or simply bigoted. Maxime Bernier’s party. The People’s Party of Canada was contacted by CBC in order to determine how many of their candidates were LGBTQ.

Maxime Bernier commented on Facebook saying:

No kidding, we’ve been getting several media requests like this one. No, we don’t keep track of such things in our candidates’ database. Or their religion, skin colour, or even sex. They’re all individual Canadians fighting for a better Canada.

I am not sure exactly what CBC intends to gain from having a list of candidates who are “out”. Do they not realize even if a person is “out” that kind of information is still very personal, and frankly none of your business Bryce!

One user commented on the post quite accurately:

“or worded differently… “Hey there… can you send us a list of the people who like to have sex differently than the majority of people. We want to point them out. Not because they’re good at their job… even though they might be. No, we want to bring attention to their habits in the privacy of their own home.” Sounds super creepy hey? “

The thing about the PPC, in this case, is that it is actually made up of a diverse group of people. All races, all religions, all preferences. But the PPC and its leader Maxime Bernier have strong beliefs when it comes to its 4 founding principles. Freedom, Responsibility, Fairness and Respect. People in the party have the freedom to be who they want to be, to love who they want, This is no concern to them. They also respect that everyone has their own opinion on issues, and they are allowed to express them, regardless of what it is.

Even though the party is filled with people of all walks of life, a true mirror image of the diversity of Canada, you will never see a list that divides these individuals by such insignificant traits as race, religion or orientation.

We need to get over this whole racist/bigot era. We need to get over these petty labels and unfounded accusations. We need to end the REAL racism that exists by properly identifying it and not simply attempting to find it. Over 55 years after Martin Luther King Jr gave his inspiring speech, we as a society have let Dr King down in the greatest sense. We have devolved into a horrible, shallow creature afraid of fear itself.

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Andrew Detchkoff

A full time father of 2 young boys. PPC Founding member, Political reformist, Election reformist, Politicalop.ca contributor.

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