Canadians who cherish free expression, like Bambi, are not pleased with the apparently distorted definition of “hate speech” of their federal government

When a teacher in France was decapitated (sadly in the name of a beautiful religion hijacked by a minority of radicalized individuals), Mr. Trudeau refused to stand up for free expression.

Bambi was disappointed by our Prime Minister’s attitude (see an older post on this topic below). Back then, she wondered if he was pandering to any interest group or potential voters? Or perhaps he was just being naive or maybe lacked courage? Could it be?

This week, we heard our Minister of Canadian heritage (himself a former environmental radical, for the record) putting child pornography/sexual exploitation and “terrorist” propaganda in the same basket as “hate speech” or even “violent content”:

How does he define hate speech and what is violent for him?

A cartoon, a movie, the news, or citizens, like Dr. Pardy or even Bambi, informing our Minister that they disagree with him (as shown below)?

In all honesty, is our government being truly and completely sincere in wanting to create a so-called online “safe space” (as if we did not have enough of those in our non-virtual world already where we are being rather over-protective)?

Or is our government trying to cleverly silence (or cancel) the political competition during the next electoral campaign or in the decision-making process of the current minority government?

Or is it mainly/only interested in silencing voices of dissent? By that Bambi means those worried about the direction(s) our government is taking our country into?

Please Mr. Guilbeault, try not to copy the apparently “fascist”, or at least controlling, strategies used lately in our neighbouring country. They may have a cultural war (of opposing political views), and even this does not justify excesses in Bambi’s mind, at least. Why should we be that extreme when our society tends to be more passive or conformist, in comparison?

Canadians deserve better than what is resembling more and more “a soft dictatorship”, at least in Bambi’s eyes.

Why don’t you engage in a true conversation with us instead of seeming to impose on us biased polls and policies?

In addition, Bambi (and likely other citizens) would appreciate it if you can refrain from the temptation of using this pandemic OR take advantage of your weak official opposition in Parliament (the so-called Conservatives or at least their Chief) to pass such legislation.

So, to conclude this post, one question: Is a risk of a “soft dictatorship” the Canada we want for us and for our children… or children of our children?

Thank Goodness, Bambi does not have offspring to worry about. However, she loves her Canada from the bottom of her heart. She also loves freedom in life. Because of this, and without wanting to sound (too) alarmist, she is worried about our long-term future, as a country if we do not take the time to reflect before engaging in short-slighted political decisions.

Yes, she is worried… and, as a reminder, she has almost always voted for the Liberal party over three decades (minus twice). She is truly a classical liberal. When she does not recognize herself in our current government’s policies anymore, this means that we are past the slippery slope.

We are on the edge of a cliff.

Why is a Canadian journalist being intimidated by our federal police in his own home?

Bambi posted about this story (see below please). She read about it in the Indian media, imagine. Yes, in foreign media, not our in own Canadian media.

Is this our Canada, Mr. Trudeau et al.?

She thought it was this one rather:

From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee”.

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Did you know that in February 2019, Twitter “suspended anti-Kamala Harris accounts”?

Mmm, Bambi just came across this article published on February 1st, 2019 and entitled “Twitter suspends anti-Kamala Harris accounts suspected of being trolls“:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/01/twitter-has-suspended-suspected-troll-accounts-posting-anti-kamala-harris-content-.html

So, those American Big Techs truly favoured a presidential candidate whilst later banning another one. Not anyone, one must say… their own current President. They had the nerve and arrogance to ban him. They did so to some of Bambi’s good friends, mind you. This started a few months ago.

Now, who is or who will soon be running the show in the USA: Ms. Harris, Mr. Biden (obviously lacking stamina and sometimes words, even if he is an experienced politician)… or those Silicon Valley IT guys?

From what it seems from far away, many powerful interest groups, domestic and perhaps external ones, came together to try to get rid of Mr. Trump.

Some will say, good riddance. Maybe? But is this truly how democracy works in life? Or is our neighbouring country in a state of undeclared war?

Isn’t it sad when young New Brunswickers seem to be radicalized to that extent?

Bambi hesitated before writing this post. She wondered if it is worth spending time and energy on this topic, as sadly she believes we will see more and more of it.

In her mind, one cannot argue with a member of a certain cult. You may lose him/her, if you try to do so. One must wait for the right window of time to try to intervene. The chat or offer of assistance can perhaps one day succeed only when the ideological cult member is in a moment of self-doubt, questioning the non-sense of the excess (of brainwashing).

However, after much thought, Bambi decided to go ahead and indulge in sharing her opinion about an article published today in NB Media Coop, an online newspaper she regularly reads and enjoys. She particularly appreciates when media, like this one, address critical issues in a thoughtful way. They can challenge us into learning something new or seeing things from a different angle. They can help us in building an opinion about a topic.   

Today, the article she read is far from being thoughtful, at least not for her. With all due respect, this text is a turn off. For her, it is beyond propaganda to the point of delusion. Yes, the latter word may seem very extreme, but she has a reason for choosing it, as you can see below.

To be fair, perhaps the merit of this article is to clearly provide an excellent example of the devastating effects of fundamentalism (fanatic, black-and-white, thinking) on one’s brain… all this in the name of justice or anti-fascism or anti “colonialism”, etc. (yes, this is an intellectual tragedy…):

Although Bambi has never heard of this author before, she suspects he is sadly the product of our own educational system. If that is the case, is there any hope for members of such cultic ideological thinking to see the light or the beauty of free (balanced/critical/independent) thinking one day?

In Bambi’s mind, when educators push activism in students from a young age to exponential levels, over many years, at the expense of deep thinking or critical analysis, this is what we may get: Youth may lose their memory of their past, they may perhaps obsess with a single event or episode, condemning it, using the criteria or knowledge of today. They do so whilst forgetting that their present occurs in a different era or historico-sociocultural context.

Whether consciously or not, they begin to generalize, amalgamate, and to see the world and others in white and black… and, of course, their own view would be the virtuous one. In other terms, it would be “supremacist” or “alt-righteous” AND anything else is “alt-right (whatever that means, it is yak!) or “white supremacist”.

Indeed, the author of this article, called Mr. Luke Beirne, seems to insinuate that all our contemporary New Brunswickers’ politicians are members of the Ku Klux Klan (because our province may have had some members of the KKK in 1920 or 1930). He even extrapolates and generalizes, stating that “New Brunswick has a long and sustained history of white supremacy”. Should we laugh or cry to this statement that is far from both (comprehensive) history and common sense?

Following this, he continues as follows: “It’s the basis of the settler colonial state. The existence and dominance of the settler colonial state is the manifestation of white nationalism”. For him, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act seem to be evil, as they are genocidal; yes, in this very moment of 2021. He does not even seem to temper his ideas by talking about residual pockets from this so-called genocidal past, that was truly filled with wars, combats, and… more than one genocide (even if we forget about the other one, which was against Acadians). On the contrary, the idea of amalgamating all so-called “whites” together hurts the French (hi)story, whether in Québec or here in NB.

Furthermore, the author does not stop there. He continues by informing us that “alt right” is all about “white supremacy”. He seems to think that we are all following him still when he seems to put everyone to the right of his leftism, from the centre and more to the right side of a normal populational curve in the same basket.

Sorry, but even a so-called deer of colour like Bambi does not buy his logic (even when he talks about his so-called group of “racialized New Bruswickers”.

How would the author feel if anyone tells him that those from the left centre (where Bambi has historically found herself) through the more extreme left where he seems to be stuck at are Pol Pot in person? Will he accept that? Would it be fair to him? Or to his friends or fellow citizens or editors, etc. Of course NOT!

So, why does he seem to be considering half, if not more, of his fellow citizens as “alt-right”? And his beautiful province and country as contemporary genocidal entities? Needless to say that Bambi is saying this despite ALL what needs to be improved to fairly treat our Dear fellow Indigenous citizens and their children. Imagine that they still live in such bad conditions in some reserves, to the point of being comparable to what we observe in Gaza or places like that, and in Canada!

He even concludes his article with the following: “White supremacy and the alt-right cannot be treated as a fringe movement or a new emergence. Its roots are well established and widely cast. It stems from the same foundation as New Brunswick and Canada. Until this is reckoned with, it will persist indefinitely”.

Can this author tell us if it would be fair to say that Islamism (or political Islam and its unfair treatment of women, gay people, etc.) represents all Muslims, whether observant or not?

Would it be fair to amalgamate the tiny yet harmful terrorism of Islamism (ISIS or Hezbollah, etc.) with the beautiful and peaceful religion of Islam?

Do the crusades of the past represent the love and forgiveness inherent in the Christian religion?

According to him, are the millions of the electorate of Mr. Trump in this last campaign represented by the small group of freaks who criminally stormed the Capitol?

Does the radical left movement (of wokeism or racial socialism) within the American Democratic party represent the whole party (that gave us inspiring peace lovers like Mr. Jimmy Carter. Thanks to him for all the values he stood up for!)?

Are the Germans of today (and even yesterday) guilty of all the crimes of the Nazis?

Are Canadians of Jewish culture or faith responsible for the Israeli military operations during any of the wars in Lebanon?

All the above were just a few examples of the slippery slope of amalgamation.

Do the average Indigenous, older/recent immigrants to New Brunswick, other French- or English-speaking citizens of our beautiful province see themselves or their country in his radical blahblahblah?

No… thank God. There is still a silent majority, even if it may be afraid to resist to the non-sense out of fear of being silenced. Indeed, they may be paralyzed by fear or by the guilt-fostering narrative. To continue to live in peace, they may pretend to agree… or to repeat the non-sense or the excess, like a mantra, without even believing it. Is this progress or progressivism in life?

To conclude this post, if we keep pushing such ideologies further and further, Canada will end up looking like the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) where silly ideologies used to flourish, and no one took them seriously in the end. If you do not believe Bambi, just have a chat with Canadians of such origins. You may notice that most of them have zero tolerance for that. Who knows? They may have stories for you… if they will not be too afraid to share them.

Bambi’s reply to one of Mr. Trudeau’s tweets about his chat with Mr. Biden, along with a comment about a CTV News article on Covid-19

Mr. Trudeau, PM of Canada

First, here is the tweet in question:

Second, here is what comes to Bambi’s mind whilst reading it 😊:

Ending the pandemic” = please Mr. Trudeau, work harder and faster, to secure more vaccines, like the other smaller yet more efficient countries and like the USA.Thank you!

Fighting climate change” = You probably meant taxing Canadians more (your increasing carbon-tax and, by the way, did you remember to advocate for the pipeline that Mr. Biden seems to be in a rush to kill? Thanks if you did so, as Canadians’ jobs are at stake, even if some Canadians are happy about this decision, as expressed by Ms. Annamie Paul (Green party) and Mr. Blanchet (BQ).

Note that Mr. Blanchet’s message sounds more moderate or wiser, as it includes “compassionate” words for Canadians from Alberta and Saskatchewan and the “energetic transition”, to use his own words:

https://www.greenparty.ca/en/media-release/2021-01-20/president-biden-has-demonstrated-real-climate-leadership-revoking-keystone

“Growing the middle class” = Mmm, the public debt pre-, during, and surely post-pandemic  that you have been dramatically increasing will eventually kill the middle class in your country, Mr. Trudeau.

Creating good jobs for people on both sides of the border” = what does that mean Mr. Trudeau? And why should we destroy people’s current (bad?) jobs in order to create “good” ones  for them? Plus, what do you mean by “good” jobs? Bambi thought that all jobs are good and necessary in life. Not having a job is the worst outcome for people.  

Finally, here is the CTV News article about the pandemic:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/pm-urges-canadians-to-cancel-travel-plans-after-data-reveals-1m-travelled-over-holidays-1.5278476

The interview is excellent (physician, journalist), but the start of the text is ridiculous, to say the least. Indeed, the first sentence reads as follows:

After analysis of mobile phone data revealed more than a million Canadians – the majority of whom were white and wealthy – travelled overnight during the holiday season, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said anyone with a trip still planned should “cancel it.”

Mmm, how can mobile phone data tell us if someone’s skin colour is white 😊? And how does this analysis tell us how much money they earn or have in their bank account?

In all honesty, do you also see the mediocrity of our times of collective insanity?

Bambi misses our high-calibre journalists. Luckily, we still have a few independent thinkers left (whether we agree with them or not), but they are getting as rare as our available doses of vaccines so far.

Mind you, she also misses reading about or hearing from high-calibre world leaders. Where are they? Do they still exist in life?

Mr. Justin Trudeau in the middle of a pandemic: Do as I say, not as I do…

Many politicians acted in a hypocritical way during the Christmas holidays. Some even lost their jobs upon their return home.

When you do not believe in the efficacy of severe lockdowns like the unelected Mr. Maxime Bernier (PPC) and you travel in early December for a week off, there is no scandal there (contrary to what some reported or repeated online). This politician, whether you agree with his libertarian economic ideas or not, lives according to his principles, even in pandemic times. Good for him. Bambi hopes that he and his spouse had a relaxing time. Mind you, this politician’s new party, along with Mr. Yves-François Blanchet’s party in the opposition (BQ), did not take a penny from the government during the pandemic (contrary to all the other parties). Interesting, isn’t it?

In contrast, the problem in life (and public life) is when you behave in a hypocritical way like our own PM, saying one thing to his population and doing another behind its (= our!) back… with our own tax money (private jets)?

Bambi would not be surprised, if this information is confirmed (the Rebel News journalists are looking into it). If it is not accurate, those journalists would owe Mr. Trudeau an apology.

Bambi trusts more those journalists because of the past behaviour of Mr. Trudeau. For instance, during his last electoral campaign, he would give one message in French and its opposite in English. Unilingual Canadians (the majority) will not be examining the congruence of these messages, as Bambi did for fun and to educate herself.

Despite all his recurrent conflicts of interests, despite his poor performance and mistakes, Mr. Trudeau got re-elected a second time (losing Bambi’s vote though when she opened her eyes 😊). Bambi would not be surprised if he does get re-elected again the next time despite all this, mind you.

The tragedy is that even when citizens do notice the double-standards of our politicians (one rule of law for them and another for the rest of us), they will have a ready justification for our Prince Trudeau, unlike other politicians. Remember, double-standard is the key term here and it goes both ways.

Mind you, here is the CTV telling us that “Mr. Trudeau is disappointed by politicians travelling abroad against advice“:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/pm-trudeau-disappointed-by-politicians-travelling-abroad-against-advice-1.5254583

This being said, if they truly did travel abroad, Bambi hopes that Mr. Trudeau (+ his family) also had a good time like Mr. Bernier and all those politicians who travelled abroad. Everyone deserves a vacation after a stressful year, this is not the issue.

The problem is political hypocrisy and the tragedy is how our mainstream journalists do not seem to be interested in holding our powerful politicians, namely Mr. Trudeau, accountable by asking him questions on behalf of the population (at least those of us who care about the truth). Not just with this issue that may seem trivial to some, but with others even more serious.

This being said, to conclude this post, Bambi hopes that all those who travelled abroad, politicians or not, respected their quarantine upon their return.

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USA-related post: If your sense of humour has been surgically removed, you may wish to stop reading or watching now!

Bambi would like to tell her American friends who are reading this post and who may be thrilled today (some others may not be overjoyed, mind you) that she is happy for their happiness. As usual, she wishes their beautiful country all the best!

Just to bring some sarcastic perspective here, she will share a video with them, hoping that they still have their evolutionary sense of humour :).

The day her friends (and herself) will lose their sense of humour Bambi would be seriously worried about not just America or Canada, but also about our whole world, including Lebanon!

Now, this being said, some of these American friends are actually of Lebanese origins, like Dr. Saad in the video below and herself. Thus, perhaps they can all say “Mabrouk” (or Congratulations!) to one of Mr. Trump’s daughters. It seems that she got engaged to her Lebanese-African boyfriend (i.e., a Lebanese expatriate from Lagos and they have been dating since 2018), according to Indian Media:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/trumps-youngest-daughter-announces-engagement-on-his-final-full-day-in-office/2013921

This is funny because when Bambi was in Beirut at Christmas 2019, a rumour circulated there that this engagement was about to take place. Some even invented a fake invitation to the wedding. People’s joke then was: “Wow! We have a “wasta” (connection or nepotism, in English; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasta) with Mr. Trump now. Maybe he will try harder to save Lebanon“.

The question now is: Do Mr./Dr. Biden have any Lebanese connection to compete with Mr. Trump at that level? That was a joke, in case you did not get it :).

Seriously, Mr. Trump’s adult children are married to people of all sort of background (Jewish-American, Lebanese-African, etc.). Himself he is a child of immigration, just like Ms. Kamala Harris (the new Vice-President). No media has ever put emphasis on this reality. Is it because it did not serve the acceptable narrative?

The reality is the following: Regardless of the President, and whether we admit it or not, the United States of America is one of the most welcoming countries in the world (like us in Canada)!

As Mr. Biden himself wisely said today, his country remains the land of “opportunities“. Think of it, you have children of immigration becoming Presidents, like Mr. Trump, and Vice-Presidents, like Mr. Harris. In how many countries of the world do you see that? Just for your information, Bambi’s own sisters (or herself) could never become Presidents of their own birth country because they are not of the right sectarian (or religious) group for this position.

It is Bambi’s hope that the increasing “racial socialism” we are dangerously observing in our world will never ever take us down the road of silly/unfair quotas like the above. According to Bambi, and based on her second life in the war-torn Lebanon, this would be moving backward in life, not forward (contrary to what we may think out of our excitement for what may look like social justice).

To come back to Ms. Harris and Mr. Trump. both politicians come from different worlds when it comes to their political visions for their country. Isn’t this amazing in and by itself?

This being said, Bambi hopes that our neighbours will truly integrate their opposing views, even if the are going from one political direction to the other. What matters is to keep moving forward as a civilization (regardless of the political choices). Bambi is saying this not just for them, but also for us here in Canada and in the free world (that Lebanon has always looked up to. Mind you, throughout their history, Lebanese people have aspired to be/remain free spirits!).

Perhaps a secret ingredient against civilizational suicide has been mentioned by Mr. Trump himself yesterday in his farewell speech. He used the term “to keep having faith in ourselves“. On that one, even if we are allergic to him, Mr. Trump was right: When a civilization stops believing in itself, you can eventually say good-bye to it. It does not take a genius to say so…

To conclude this post, perhaps this is precisely what keeps Lebanon alive, despite the chaos of the sinking boat and the despair of its people. Indeed, Lebanese citizens think highly of their country and of its myths (e.g., the cedars, the resilient phoenix bird, the east meeting the west, love of freedom, etc.). Above all, and in their own ways, the people of Lebanon love their country (like the Americans, they are patriotic). It is this love (and this pride) that no one can take away from you, despite any sexy ideologies that can lead to civil unrest, if people are not lucid enough (to avoid their own fanaticism, first and foremost, before criticizing the fanaticism of others).

So, the pandemic is over in the USA? Except for masks, in the inauguration of Mr. Biden and his Vice-President, we see people hugging each other and shaking hands even! Is this wise, despite the joy?

Congratulations to the USA for their new stage in history. Best Wishes too, but why aren’t we respecting the “ clear” “science” of public safety?

We even saw Mr. Obama fixing his mask more than once and then shacking people’s hands. Bambi got worried about him…

Perhaps people are simply too happy that they forgot about their own safety and the safety of the rest of the population!

Or is this like the “peaceful” demonstrations of last summer that were not a public health hazard :)?