Racists and Islamophobes wanted a Canadian culture war. It didn't happen, but we got an ugly glimpse - 2019-12-28

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F94.png Racists and Islamophobes wanted a Canadian culture war. It didn't happen, but we got an ugly glimpse December 28, 2019, Graeme Truelove, Opinion, Toronto Star

In the early stages of the 2019 federal election, purveyors of racial and social division were in a giddy mood. Anti-immigration billboards popped up in cities across Canada, the fringe Canadian Nationalist Party (who advocate that Canada maintain a "European-descended majority") got national media coverage, and swastikas were reportedly scrawled on campaign signs. A group of New Brunswick NDP operatives jumped ship to the Green party, in part because of concerns the NDP couldn't counter a persistent belief among some voters that leader Jagmeet Singh is a Muslim, misinformation they calculated would cost the NDP votes. Meanwhile, Singh famously had to contend with being asked to take off his turban to look more "Canadian."

Recall the 2015 election, perhaps best remembered as a referendum on whether a few Muslim women would be allowed to wear niqabs during citizenship ceremonies, with a subplot involving a proposed "Barbaric Cultural Practices" snitch line. On the heels of that ugly campaign, the 2019 election had the potential to become a massive culture war, with an unholy alliance of racists, nationalists and Islamophobes on one side, and everyone they hate on the other.

Fortunately, that war didn't really materialize. If the 2019 election was about anything, it was probably about climate change, or about whether Canadians had confidence in Justin Trudeau's leadership. The closet white supremacists who paraded around as free-speech warriors representing some make-believe majority of "real" Canadians should see the results of the 2019 election as a stinging rebuke. Canadians were asked who they are, and they answered.

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