Justin Trudeau made headlines this past week, first, for a video clip conservatives edited to give the false impression Trudeau said the opposite of what he actually said and second, for his comments to a Quebec television station where he called anyone who disagreed with his opinion on vaccinations racists and misogynists.
This is a complete reversal of his statement just a week earlier.
The edited “Gotcha!” video clip (a tactic I utterly despise), contained this statement:
“What the notwithstanding clause does, is says, regardless of the fact that we are attacking your fundamental rights, or limiting your fundamental rights, and the charter says that’s wrong — we’re still going to go ahead and do it.
It’s basically a loophole that allows the majority to override fundamental rights of a minority.”
“And that’s why I agree with my father that it is not a great thing to have in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
Why anyone thinks taking a politician’s statements out of context accomplishes anything but make that person look like an idiot, not their intended target, is something I will never understand.
But I digress.
Speaking in French, Trudeau said:
“We all know people who are deciding whether or not they are willing to get vaccinated, and we will do our very best to try to convince them. However, there is still a part of the population (that) is fiercely against it.”
“They don’t believe in science/progress and are very often misogynistic and racist. It’s a very small group of people, but that doesn’t shy away from the fact that they take up some space.”
“This leads us, as a leader and as a country, to make a choice: Do we tolerate these people?”
The Justin Trudeau hypocritically claims tolerance is one of his primary principles.
I don’t see how calling people names for disagreeing with him on any issue reflects even a microscopic level of tolerance.
His name-calling also directly contradicts his publicly stated position of one week prior, that it’s wrong for the majority to violate the rights of a minority.
Blacklock’s Reporter, citing a confidential government poll speaking to a domestic vaccine passport scheme, said:
Most Canadians, including the vaccinated, oppose measures that stigmatize or punish fellow citizens who decline Covid shots, says in-house Privy Council research. Confidential polling found any domestic vaccination passport scheme was widely unpopular.
“There was not a great desire among the Canadian public to implement such a program for Canadians,” said a report Continuous Qualitative Data Collection Of Canadians’ Views. Opposition “centred on the issues this would cause for those individuals who do not wish to be vaccinated,” it said.
“Some felt their personal choice in this regard should be respected,” wrote researchers. The report was dated October 29.
I’m well familiar with our Prime Mistake’s view that anyone who dares disagree with him is some form of sub-human.
But I can’t help but wonder why Trudeau feels so safe, so secure in tossing out the racist and misogynist labels when Statistics Canada data clearly states Black and Latin American people in Canada are extremely hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Among people designated as a visible minority, 74.8% reported being very or somewhat willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Some differences exist for willingness among particular visible minority groups. Compared to non-visible minorities (77.7%), a much lower proportion of the Black population (56.4%) reported being somewhat or very willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (Table 1). A lower rate of vaccine willingness was also seen among the Latin American population (65.6%).
Innovative Research Inc. published a slide presentation (view PDF) that states:
• At the time of this survey, a 20-point gap existed among those who received at least one vaccine between White (65%) and Black Canadians (45%)
• 40% of unvaccinated Black Canadians say they will definitely get a vaccine.
• This compares to 45% of unvaccinated White Canadians and 56% of unvaccinated non-Black Visible Minorities.
• Unvaccinated Black Canadians are more likely to report some form of hesitancy at 60%. This compares to 55% of unvaccinated White Canadians and 44% of unvaccinated non-Black Visible Minorities.
• While older unvaccinated Black Canadians are most hesitant (79%), they represent a small proportion of the total Black population who had yet to receive at least one dose. However, vaccine hesitancy is at 51% for younger (18-34yrs) unvaccinated Black Canadians, which represents the largest segment of the adult Black population in Canada.
Setting aside Trudeau’s penchant for behaving badly, calling out Black and other visible minorities racist and misogynist is bizarre.
He likely directed his comments at white Christians (whose religious rights are supposedly protected) and even if we restrict his comments to that specific minority, why does he believe it’s acceptable to strip that minority of its God-given rights and freedoms?
Is it possible he’s not aware of the Statistics Canada data on vaccine hesitancy (or whatever you want to call it)?
How can Justin Trudeau be in favour of protecting minorities via the Charter one week and virulently opposed to it the next?
Why is Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms nullified in COVID-19’s case, but remains valid in any other?
7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.
I’ll leave the last word to Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella:
It may be just me, but I think Justin Trudeau really shouldn’t talk about who is a racist and who isn’t. Like, ever. #cdnpoli