In The Trouble with Canada … Still! (Key Porter Books, 2010) William D. Gairdner provides a very insightful analysis of deviation of the political, legal, and social system, which is rooted in Anglo-Saxon political philosophy, to the French statism and leftism.
Facts and Talking Points
* Why Are Taxes So High? For the 45 years from 1961 to 2007, we had the following increases: Food, 505%; clothing, 455%; Consumer Price Index, 610%; Shelter, 1,063%; Cash Income, 1,023%. But the increase in taxation in that same period was 1,704%! (p. 65).
* Why Is Our National Debt So High? Despite decades of high taxation, we have a huge national debt. But all government debt is really a form of deferred taxation. So this means we are robbing future generations to pay for current consumption. As of 2009, Canada’s Direct Debt, plus Unfunded Liabilities, was $150,200 for every Man Woman and Child in Canada (p. 19). Canada’s federal debt alone, is piling up at the rate of $135 million per day! Go to www.debtclock.ca to see for yourself.
* Why Are They Coming? More than one-sixth of all immigrants to Canada return to their native countries for good within a year, and one-third within twenty years. About 40 percent of all professional male immigrants leave Canada for good within a decade of arrival (p.414-15). Statistics Canada reports that the earnings of immigrants are lower than those of Canadian citizens, and “continue to deteriorate.” (p.414).
* Why Do We Tolerate Terrorist Organizations in Canada? “There are more international terrorist groups active in Canada than in any other country in the world” [except perhaps the USA] (p. 416).
* Why Do We Give Foreign Aid to Militaristic Nations? The amount of aid money given by Canada to 24 selected nations in 2006-7, was $730.6 million (Canadian dollars). But the amount spent by these very same nations on military operations and weapons of war, that very same year, was US$131.8 billion! (p.231).
* What About the Scandal of Our Aboriginals? The social reality of aboriginal life is horrific; worse than that of many of the poorest nations on earth. For example: although aboriginals constitute only 3.8% of the Canadian population, they commit 28% of all homicides in Canada, and 39% of all cases of assault (p.235). The vast majority of these crimes are by aboriginal men (really, only 1.9% of Canadians).
* How Did Feminism Get Hijacked by Radicals? Since 1973, Canadians have forked over almost $1.5 billion taxpayer dollars for feminist programs (p.239), almost all for radical causes the majority of Canadian women have never supported.
* Why Do We Tolerate Endless Talk of Quebec Separation? Our own Supreme Court has correctly stated that “There is no right under the Constitution, or at international law, to unilateral secession” (p.467). Nor is there any “democratic” right to secede from a federal system, for such a right would then allow the dismemberment of each seceding part – until there was no country left.
* Why Are We the Only Country in the World with No Law Against Abortion? A Canadian woman can abort her perfectly healthy baby at any time, even a full-term baby, moments prior to birth, if she so chooses, without breaking the law – because Canada has no law of any kind against abortion. This is so even though the Canadian people have never supported unlimited abortion on demand. Read how this abdication of duty to protect the most vulnerable happened (p. 274).
* Why Have We Trashed Marriage? “We should eliminate ‘no-fault’ divorce on the grounds that no-fault means no-responsibility, and no-responsibility means we have removed the contractual basis of the marital union” (p.283).
* Why Do We Allow Politicians to Control Our Health Care? Sick Canadians are like sick pets: their political masters decide, through funding control and triage, how much care they will, or will not receive, and how long they will have to wait. Canada’s Supreme Court has recently warned: “in some serious cases, patients die as a result of waiting lists for public health care” (p.303).
* Why Do We Have a Hug-A-Thug Mentality? According to UN international comparisons, Canada has a rate of police-reported criminal incidents among the highest in the world – almost double the US rate (p.330). “In the 33-year period from 1975 to 2008, some 508 criminals released from our prisons murdered a total of 557 innocent Canadians” (p.373).
* Why Do We Subsidize Ethnic Tribalism? “Canadian multiculturalism is an official multi-racial doctrine” (p.392). It is a form of internal colonialism that condemns hundreds of ethnicities to house arrest in their own skins.
* Where Are the Illegal Immigrants? “In May of 2008 Canada’s Auditor General reported that there were 41,000 warrants of arrest outstanding on illegal immigrants in Canada“(p. 412). No one knows where they are (p.412).
*Why the Folly of Official Bilingualism? Costs of this program have been estimated at between $1.6 and $1.8 Billion annually. Exactly 63% of the federal government’s 71,290 “bilingual positions” are held by those whose first language is French (p.444). But Francophones constitute only 23% of Canada. This suggests that Canada has instituted a form of national linguistic discrimination against Anglophones seeking government employment.
* Why Are Judges Making Laws? Since the advent of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982, Canada has changed from a nation ruled by parliamentary sovereignty, to a nation too often ruled by Judicial sovereignty. Parliament is supposed to make the laws, judges to apply them. But our judges often make laws themselves, without consent of Parliament (p.465ff).
From the Publisher
About the Author
William Gairdner is a best-selling author, university professor, businessman, philanthropist, independent scholar and former track and field athlete. His most recent books include The Book of Absolutes: A Critique of Relativism and a Defence of Universals, Constitutional Crack-Up: Canada and the Coming Showdown With Quebec, The Trouble With Democracy and The War Against the Family: A Parent Speaks Out. From 1994-2000 he was Chairman, The Gairdner Foundation. Founded in 1957 by businessman and philanthropist James A. Gairdner, the foundation gives annual international awards to research scientists who have made discoveries in medical science that lead to the relief of human suffering. As of 1999, fully 254 scientists had won this award, 54 of whom subsequently won the Nobel Prize for Medicine. In 1997 he became founder and president of Civitas, a national organization of 150 prominent academics, journalists, authors, and interested citizens. Civitas was founded to promote and deepen understanding of the problems of freedom and order in modern society. In his career as an athlete, he won a silver medal in the decathlon in the 1963 Pan American Games in Brazil and placed eleventh in the decathlon in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964.
This doesn’t look very insightful. Seems like there’s a whole lot of misleading statements just from these points.
The reality has many faces, many of them unpleasant, whatever if we like it or not.
Because I grew up in a country (Romania) that has experienced the harsh reality of socialism/communism, control of the state, political correctness as a incarceration in a terrible line of thinking drawn from somewhere above, etc., I have major retentions from leftism.
As a new resident in Canada, I tend to agree with William D. Gairdner’s evaluation. However, I might not have the whole perception of Canadian realities…
The reality does have many faces, many of them are very unpleasant, whether we like it or not. I really do not understand everything I’ve read on this post, but I did find it very interesting and a few thoughts to ponder.