Justin Aladdin Trudeau
Let’s face it. Justin Trudeau made us sick to the core this week with his Aladdin act. Or perhaps it was Justin of the past. Really? A matured thirty years old adult,a teacher and the son of one of the most liberal leaders who led Canada. His interaction with the visible minorities in the last few years portrays that he has changed and that his apology may be worthy of acceptance. Yet he himself has made it difficult to believe him. What with his arrogant and un-leader like behavior in the entire SNC-Lavlin issue or even in the case of ditching his activism for environment protection when the votes of Alberta became far too tempting.
Politicians leave their morals in their closet and step out in the arena while leaders are known to stand tall for their values. And fall and die to uphold them.
Today Justin comes out clearly as any other politician who believes in surviving at all costs. More polished, more charming, more youthful. But politician still and definitely one who does not mind changing tracks if it suits his interest.
The photographs or videos of seeing Justin doing a black face as an Aladdin are disturbing and yet one could live with them knowing fully well how much racism one sees in everyday life when the eyes pierce and see the soul. Thankfully he did not attempt to be a Black being led by a KKK leader. Thank you Justin for that and yes I understand that eighteen long years after those photographs were clicked, since they have had a catastrophic effect on your campaign, you are extremely apologetic for them.
What is disturbing is this silence for decades. Why did he not have guts to start with a clean state his campaign, years back and own up to them, apologise for them, assure us that he was a changed man and then ask for mandate. Maybe at the time of applying for Liberal leadership! It is convenient for a thief to apologise when caught. Politicians do it regularly.
What is more disturbing is his hypocrisy. While he bays for blood of people who seem to err on the path of righteousness as perceived by him and attempts to paint them in black and white, he conveniently forgets that the same standards apply to him. That if Andrew Scherer could be painted anti-gay and asked to quit the campaign for his views fifteen years back then Justin Trudeau is definitely not a knight in shining armour based on what he did around the same time. Or what he did to his colleagues just a year back! And if he really was ashamed of his acts, he SHOULD have offered his resignation and let the party leaders and the public decide as to what needs to be done at such crucial time of the campaign.
Justin you suck man!
But alas Justin, you are a politician and you know as much as me that I am stuck with you man!
As an immigrant, a supposedly man of color (and I honestly don’t know what that meant before coming to North America. Even White is as much a color to me as Black or Brown and I have honestly not seen any colorless or transparent man in this world except for the superheroes in fictional movies) and a middle class Canadian, I have accepted my second class treatment as a way of life. But I am not willing to accept the attempts of the so called Liberal White people for accepting the minorities or helping in enabling equality. To the best of my knowledge we were born equal and will remain equal always. As Malcom X once said, you do not improve things when you pull a knife out six inches which was earlier put nine inches in and call that progress. Progress is when that knife which should have not been there in the first place itself, is fully taken out AND the wound is healed. Canada has at least a century ahead to even come near that.
And that is where lye’s the reward for Justin!
Any immigrant clearly knows that at least in public eye and in their clear mandate and policies, the parties that stand for immigrants are the Liberals and the NDP. Conservatives have proven that given a chance, they will do anything possible to stop the flow of immigrants, especially ones that do not look White enough. Or the ones who do not bring loads of money to fill Canadian coffers. The indignation of Conservatives to immigrants, to diversity, to equality even of LGBTQ community or women, to certain religions, to climate protection and to a host of values that have made Canada great is legendary. Remember Harper and his successful attempts in making second class citizens out of many immigrant citizens and the Islamophobia or even immigrant phobia that thrived in his time. I honestly feel that Trump was his understudy and is a more lunatic by-product of right wing leaders like Harper who poisoned the political space.
So it is clearly evident that despite any disgust for Justin, it would be impossible for any self-respecting immigrant to vote for Conservative and that is where Canadian democratic process is different from the South and much better!
We are not voting for a leader/ruler or a President but vote for Member of Parliaments who then sit and elect the majority leader who then becomes the Prime Minister. We should remove the image of Trudeau from our minds and let sanity prevail and let us understand that we are voting Liberal or NDP or Green or Conservative. Our MPs would then elect their leader and hopefully saner voices would prevail and the right leader may be elected.
Even if Justin is trusted again by the Liberals and continues as Prime Minster, that would still ensure a Liberal government which stands and support a more diverse Canada and builds a nation by enabling a continuous inflow of hard working immigrants who are enabling a strong and growing economy for the nation.
This election, let us go back to the basics and forget about making this election a leader-based circus like USA and focus on our individual ridings and elect local leaders who are pro-acceptance, pro-love, pro-equality and pro-diversity. If we get that right, this nation can continue to be a safe abode for everyone, like what Justin’s father envisaged.
Justin sucks! But getting Conservatives back with a Harper protégée is unbearable.
If you need any proof look South and the Orange man is going to make you totally accept that you could live with a man who attempted to be Brown or Black in his youth. After all don’t they do that in tanning salons in every nook and corner! Forget this incidence and move on.
We still have a long way to go in building a diverse and liberal Canada and the last thing we can attempt is a train-wreck by voting for the wrong party just because we disliked the color infatuation of one man!
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.