When Stephen Harper refers to "barbaric culture," he means Islam - an anti-Muslim alarm that's ugly and effective because it gets votes - 2015-10-05
It seems quaint now that in mid-September, there was a debate about whether Stephen Harper's off-hand use of the term "old-stock Canadians" was an example of him blowing a racial "dog-whistle." Two weeks later, any imperceptibly high-pitched whistles the Conservatives might be using have been drowned out by the cacophony of their constant cranking of the barking dog siren. It's an ugly sound, an anti-Muslim alarm. And it's all the uglier because of its apparent effectiveness.
Consider Friday's announcement of an RCMP tip line to report "Barbaric Cultural Practices Against Women and Girls." If you think for a moment they are talking about taking action on the many hundreds of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada that organizations, including Amnesty International, have been reporting on this year, or perhaps the vulnerability of rural Canadian women to sexual violence highlighted at last month's premier's Roundtable on Violence Against Women, then you haven't been paying attention.
But if you have been paying attention, it's obvious enough that when Team Harper refers to "barbaric culture" it means Islam.