Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Gray, former Conservative caucus member, has been in the news a lot lately. During Stephen Harper’s government she was a big supporter of the proposed “Barbaric Cultural Practices” hotline, that idea that neighbours ought to keep an eye on each other, which many critics saw as dog-whistle code for THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING!
When asked after the 2015 election about her decision to support this initiative, she got teary on CBC (which she now wants to demolish) claiming that:
“We weren’t talking about race, we were talking about kids … but that message was completely overtaken and I regret that, and I regret that it occurred, and it shouldn’t have been done.”
So, she did not mean to come across as xenophobic.
She was absolutely ecstatic that Donald Trump won the U.S. election, calling it an “exciting message“. Like Donald Trump, she is being condemned for her divisive tone by other Conservatives. Even Jason Kenney has condemned her. Things have gotten so bad due to this tone that a Conservative MP, Deepak Obhrai, has received racist e-mails.
Like Donald Trump, when asked if her support comes from racist people, she plays the Trump card. “I’m not racist” she insists.
She simply wants to appeal to “mainstreet Canada“. Also when asked about her apparently racist supporters (y’know the ones harassing people because of their heritage?) she pulled another Trump card and dodged the question effectively, similar to how Trump feigned ignorance over his KKK endorsement(s).
Wink. Wink. Wink.
This is part 1 of a multiple part series on the bullshit that is the whole “Canadian Values” dog-whistle for exclusion. In this series I will be telling some of my own experiences growing up in a multicultural community. Tune in real soon!