Trudeau's Rushed Justice For Khadr Cheapens Justice For Everyone
Liberals have a standard line to end debates on their pet projects: “In a country as rich as Canada/ USA/ Britain, shouldn’t we make sure everyone has (insert your cause)?” The cause may be health care, clean water, low infant mortality, no gun problems, housing, good working wage, winning hockey.
The premise is always the same. This is a holy mission. Anyone not joining in the virtue stampede is clearly a bad person.
The usefulness of the progressive equation is that it reduces every problem to a matter of money. If the people with the money would just give it to the people in a state of grace, we can solve all the world’s problems. Ergo, rich people stand in the path off progress.
Justin Trudeau and his camp followers employ this messianic tone all the time to silence questions of cost, efficiency or practicality for theirThey possess an utter certainty that, via their experts and computers, they can affect the outcome of climate, immigration, power cells, gender identity or national anthems.
They like their plans big and bold and laden with the stink of respectability. Preferably with a lengthy time line. These massive problems will be wrestled to the ground in some future where the population will applaud their foresight.
Here’s Happy Ways on climate: “The future is still bright for those who have the courage to confront hard truths, and the confidence to stay the course," he said, according to Reuters. “Around the world, nearly every country is on our side. Inaction is not an option. We can't walk away from the reality of climate change.”
Where do we sign up?
Unless it conflicts with the Charter of Rights & Freedoms, of course. Then the courage to confront hard truths is a loser. Take theOmar Khadr case, for instance. Presented upon his return from Europe with the Canadian public’s seething rage about his government forking out $10.5 M to the boy jihadi, the mission warrior Trudeau quickly went “not my pay grade”.
“The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects all Canadians. There is no picking and choosing,” he tweeted when he began to absorb that he’d stepped in it big-time with the hush money to Khadr. Suddenly, the intractability of the Charter tied the hands of the courageous visionary. He’d love to please you. But the Charter… the Charter…
Yes, the man who would tame the climate and the rising seas is stymied by his Papa’s beloved Charter. Forget that Khadr’s story on his bomb throwing and incarceration has had more re-writes than Casablanca. That it took him ten years to “remember” that he’d been tortured in his filings to Canadian courts.
That he still consorts with his mother and sister, unrepentant Islamic extremists. The Charter, the charter… wish I could help.
Given the choice between lofty goals and not getting your hands dirty, liberals will always opt for the emergency exit.
If it were simply Trudeau doing his Brave Sir Robin act, it might be a trifle. (https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=brave+sir+robin&ei=UTF-8&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-004)
But progressives have trouble understanding that their puny acquiesences to people like Khadr— who game the system— is that it reduces every one else’s faith in the systems that govern us. Walk across the border with a good back-story but no papers? Sure, if makes a good photo op.
Pitch your tipi illegally on Parliament Hill to get face time with the media? No worries, the Mounties won’t bug you.
Desert your homeland, fight against Canada in a foreign land then come back to get paid by the merciful welfare state? Least a compassionate state can do.
But the average citizen is not receiving get-out-of-Charter-jail-free cards. The soldiers who fought for Canada against Omar’s buddies aren’t getting apologies and flowers. The expectations that don’t govern the Khadrs or the Black Lives Matter agitprop folks will still be expected from people not enlisted in Justin’s Order of Merit.
It’s a corrosive equation. You must reduce your carbon emissions while Trudeau’s celestial choir jets off to Paris to discuss the future of the planet. No wonder he’s charting a 70 percent disapproval rate on how courageous Justin sloughed it off while he was overseas lecturing the world.
In some ways the Khadr payoff (just before the widow of his victim can stop the payment) is the Justin Trudeau’s diversity dream, putting his thumb on the scales to achieve his ideal society. One side must obeys the rules; the other side can ignore them because they’ve been victims.
The only difference between us and the prime minister is that he doesn’t understand that it’s only a dream.
Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy.is the host of the podcast The Full Count with Bruce Dowbiggin on anticanetwork.com. He’s also a regular contributor three-times-a-week to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster, he is also the best-selling author of seven books. His website is Not The Public Broadcaster (http://www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com)