Mark Steyn on the Canada Day flop


Of the weekend’s belly flop there can be no doubt. Christie Blatchford in The National Post:

Before the day dawned dreary and rainy, there were confident reports in virtually every major news outlet in the land that 500,000 people would descend on Parliament Hill.

About 25,000 made it onto the lawns, as many again stuck in lines that went nowhere, and if you imagine it was all because of the grisly weather, think again.

And even that 25,000 is a bit of a rounding-up by Blatch. It was apparently more like 21,000.

I chanced to be in Ottawa at the beginning of the year when the “Canada 150” banners went up on the streets. This was meant to be a bigger deal yet – and, even more so than in 1967, the total merging of Canada and Canadian identity with Liberal Party values. Instead, the Grits lost control of the plot, and wound up with a bunch of disgruntled “First Nations” activists rain-dancing on their parade. In my experience, one of the few things that anglo and franco Canadians agree on, sotto voce, is a general antipathy toward native claims upon their consciences – and, indeed, rightly conclude that maintaining them at public expense in pseudo-traditional communities is the principal cause of their present woes. Be that as it may, no amount of pandering will assuage those who accuse you of “genocide” or even “cultural genocide”. How could it? More.

Reality check: I (Denyse) live in Ottawa and, on the ground, I knew it was a flop from the stories people told me, arriving back exhausted, from hours of lineups and foul-ups and interest groups acting up. And getting sick and having to go home… Not about how great things were.

Fifty years to prepare … and still a big hoo-haw?

We certainly did not see that in 1967 (Centennial Year), when my family piled into a car and took off for Montreal for the time of our lives! And experienced no such problems whatever. Things have changed and it is becoming increasingly difficult to talk about it.

What are we celebrating anyway? As I commented at Steyn’s site,

Denyse O’Leary • Jul 5, 2017 at 18:17
Canada is becoming a deep administrative state where hundreds of thousands of civil servants, no longer needed in the typing pool, can justify their employment only by marketing grievances government can use and policing the lives of others ever more intensely.

Progressivism usually ends in mass murder as things get crazier because the determination and organization need to power it down never seem to accumulate in sufficient quantities.

I pray it won’t happen here. More likely, new groups will take over and fill the void – however they fill it. A Muslim Canada might not have the same problem saying no to currently dominant progressive lobbies. Thoughts?

Denyse O’Leary • Jul 5, 2017 at 18:50
Further to Progressivism usually ends in mass murder: Most societies reach an equilibrium because they seek accommodation with human nature. Progressivism seeks to transform human nature and thus becomes progressively more violent as its failures mount.

For example, after progressives have enforced gender-free pronouns, for example, they will surely turn on gendered nouns like brother, sister, aunt, uncle.

Penalties for thinking, speaking, or living in a normal way will become more severe. And the brainwashing that we are forced to pay for will become ever more intense.

And the usual righteous ninnies will be defending things they do not have the character or brains to despise.

Surrendering will change nothing. Alas, people think we can meet progressives halfway, but we cannot. There is no point at which the progressive can stop because his war is with reality.

  • ontario john

    I had a much better time at the cottage, with a few of my old army friends. From what I saw, the whole celebration in Ottawa was just one big apology to whiny indians, terrible music performances, glorification of Trudeau, and farewells to Peter Mansbridge.

    • Maggat

      I wouldn’t know. I had a quite Dominion Day, flew the Red Ensign, had a couple of beers and hummed “The Maple Leaf Forever” to myself. Her’s hping Canada recovers it’s sense and—just recovers.

      • A Hamilton Guy

        I wish I had done that. I still sing the Maple Leaf Forever with the original words.

  • Alain

    I find that description of progressivism bang on, Denyse.

  • Starlord

    Islam, long lineups because of it. Airports and the hassle of getting thru Security…. Islam, tighter controls on what you can say, Islam. Thinking back 25 to 30 years ago, life was free movement, free speech and basically enjoy life. Now it’s all different because of what? You fill in the blank.

    • BillyHW

      Women’s suffrage.

  • Of course it was a flop. Who is Canadian? What is the point of being Canadian if it means nothing?

  • BillyHW

    There is no such thing as Canada any more. The Liberal Party destroyed that concept.

    • Clausewitz

      Was nothing more than a flatulent marketing campaign.

      • A Hamilton Guy

        It sure looked pukey!.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      Finally! Billy, you said something I can agree with.