You know it amazes me how I am yet to hear from ANY Harper Conservative supporters who are visible minorities and/or immigrants on social media (Chinese-Canadians, Indo-Canadians, Pakistani-Canadians, Tamil-Canadians, Iranian-Canadians, Arab-Canadians, Jamaican-Canadians, Trini-Canadians, ect,) who make up over 7 MILLION Canadian citizens and who are concentrated in highly dense, urban, strategically important federal electoral districts in the Greater Toronto Area, Greater Vancouver area and other urban centres.
The ONLY Harper Conservative supporters I ever see in social media or in person at rallies are those who HATE immigrants, refugees, bilingualism, multiculturalism, Muslims and Quebec are highly assimilated, unilingual, unhyphanated, Canadian born and bred WHITE people, who are the grassroots voting base of the Harper Conservatives.
You cannot begin to imagine the degree to which Harper’s anti-immigrant, racist, xenephobic and Islamophobic comments have enraged MILLIONS of visible minority and immigrant Canadians who will vote en mass to topple Harper on Monday.
The problem with you and most other Harper Conservative supporters is that you are mostly a bunch of middle aged, middle class, car owning, propertied, Canadian born and bred WHITE CANUCK MANGIACAKES who mostly socialize with other middle aged, middle class, car owning, propertied, Canadian born and bred WHITE CANUCK MANGIACAKES with your WHITE ANGLO SAXON PROTESTANT surnames which easily identify you on social media. You assume that the rest of Canada thinks as you do and cares about the same NIMBY White middle class suburban issues.
You evidentially know very few immigrants, visible minorities, renters, users of public transit, city dwellers or youth. You clearly know very little about immigrant identity politics or ethnocultural group think abc how it informs voting here in Canada. This is why Harper Conservatives don’t “get it” as you are both the ideological and literal face of the old and slowly dying Canada.
Even in multiracial, multiethnic, multifaith, multilingual, multicultural, diverse, cosmopolitan Toronto which is over 55% visible minority and 60% foreign born immigrants, ALL Conservative Party of Canada rallies here are mostly a sea of OLD WHITE FACES.
Very few Conservative MPs are elected in vote and seat rich, visible minority dense and foreign born immigrant laden Toronto or Vancouver.
In fact, poll after polls has shown that the vast majority of visible minorities vote Liberal or NDP, whereas most Conservative voters are White Canadians. This does not bode well for the Conservative Party of Canada down the road as Statistics Canada has already projected that Canada will be MAJORITY non-White by the year 2050 as will Ontario and British Columbia by the year 2031. Toronto and Vancouver and their suburbs have been both since 2012.
Thankfully this country and the outcome of its elections no longer belongs solely to a bunch of White racists such as yourself who’s murderous White European ancestors stole from the Aboriginals.
Most invisible minorities (non-WASP White Europeans such as Italian-Canadians, Greek-Canadians, Portuguese-Canadians, Spanish-Canadians, ect.) vote Liberal and those who are Conservatives universally support immigration, bilingualism, multiculturalism and Quebec. Most White Quebecers vote Liberal, NDP or Bloc Québécois.
Conservative PM Brian Mulroney an Irish-Quebecois said way back in June 1984 to a cheering crowd that his party now stood for multiculturalism and would not allow itself to be called “the Party of White Anglo-Saxon Protestants”. Multicultural diversity — he said — was an absolutely obligatory part of Canada’s national identity and to reject it … was to reject Canada.
He then outlined future changes his party intended to implement in the hiring policies of the federal government, services in non-official languages, more funds for the preservation and advancement of NON-European cultures and greater efforts to “stamp out racism wherever it rears its ugly head.”
Yes, this was a Conservative Canadian Prime Minister when we used to have decent Red Tories. The Harper Reformatories are the revenge of the angry WASP, but it is too late and the demographic point of no return was passed back in the 1990’s. Your Conservative WASP Canada is long dead.
The “White Canada” policy laid down in the Immigration Act of 1910, and extended in the Immigration Act of 1952 … ended in the Immigration Regulations of 1967, when a non-racial set of admission criteria was adopted. It was bravely ended by Pierre Elliot Trudeau who not only thankfully smashed WASP hegemony in this country but also brought in official bilingualism and multiculturalism as well as special status for Quebec. Yet so many of you WASP Conservatives are still whining and bitching about it nearly 50 YEARS later! You god damed arrogant WASP Conservatives think you are the ONLY “true” Canadian are the ONLY group of Canadians who do not identify as hyphenated Canadian, despite your ancestors stole this country from the Aboriginals, the ONLY “true” Canadians. The arrogance, pomposity supremacy of CONSERVATIVE WASPS is truly astounding.
John Clarke with his Anglo Saxon chauvinism, born again Evangelical Christian Fundamentalism and Loyalist Orange Order as well as his Reaganomics, Zionist worshipping and frugal, dour, mean minded, insipid Cromwellian/Calvinist puritanical Protestantism bullshit is the archetype of what most of us White Latin Italian-Canadians, Portuguese-Canadians, Spanish-Canadians and Greek-Canadians HATE with a passion. Clarke, Harper, Manning, Day and Kenny are all cut from the same perma grin WASP cloth.
The ONLY Canadians who are supportive of Harper’s overtly racist, xenephobic, nativist and Islamophobic policies are WHITE CANADIANS. The ONLY Canadians cheering on Harper’s attempt to ban the niqab just like those 30 years ago who tried and failed to stop Sikh-Canadian police officers wearing a turban are WHITE CANADIANS. – Anonymous
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