Jonathan Kay: Why our intellectual class made Canada 150 the worst birthday ever

What’s your favourite Canada 150 moment? The $5.6-million temporary Ottawa skating rink that bans hockey, figure skating, cellphones and roughhousing? The tedious CBC series that supposedly “snubbed” Nova Scotia and French-Canadians? The “Cultural Appropriation Prize” and subsequent white-guilt meltdown? The Duck To Nowhere? So many memories. What a shame I’ll be dead for Canada 200.


So un-immersed was I in Canada 150 festivities that I missed this gem… here’s an excerpt and link to Ian Brown’s Globe piece – Confronting race, shame and reconciliation at sea in the Far North

“The hockey sticks were meant as a gift from Canada, from the South, a gesture of reconciliation. One recreation director in town was worried about the mischief they might cause – mischief being the main misdemeanour in Clyde River – but the kids seemed to want them.

But that night, back on the ship, factions started to form. Madeleine Thien, a Giller Prize-winning novelist who lives in Montreal, found the ceremony to be evidence of continuing cultural authoritarianism. Ewan Affleck, the chief medical information officer of the Northwest Territories, compared the gesture to “the Victorians travelling to Africa to visit the pygmies.” Several people found Heather Moyse’s statement that she represented Canada to be evidence of white privilege, which led Ms. Moyse to say she was being accused of racism. “Can’t we just celebrate the hockey sticks?” she asked. Tolu Ilelaboye, a Winnipeg community-development officer of Yoruba heritage, replied, “Yeah, but what’s the intention? Like the colonialists giving them blankets, which gave them smallpox?”

Easy to think it’s satire but it’s not.

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  • Did you Canadians celebrate something?

    • Not that I recall.

    • Bla Bla

      Something I vaguely remember involved a giant spider and a very large rubber duck.

  • Gary

    Judging by the commercials it looks like canada is 40% muslims , 60% blacks , 80% refugees, 1% Natives, 70% single moms , 90% rich people, 0% homeless .

    • It’s so diverse!

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      And really quite faggoty. Oh, wait …

    • greenface

      You can’t walk a block in Toronto without being invited to celebrate the diversity.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    If I ever get smallpox I’m going to see if I can finish the job. As a service to all.

  • Kim John Markel

    What a relief; for all their superiority bluster, they’re as stupid as Americans and even more insufferably earnest in confecting a faux servility to The Other.

    • Our betters are even bigger arseholes than their US counterparts.

      • barryjr

        Our “betters” remind me of France, a bunch of arrogant assholes that have never and never will do anything yet they will totally screw up requiring rescue by the deplorables.

        • Pretty much, the silver lining is knowing that having no useful skills whatsoever they will die horribly in the aftermath of the apocalypse.

  • mauser 98

    Kay??

    Kay a Justine butt sniveller supreme
    a snowflake whiner hypocrite

  • Ho Hum

    I wish that was an actual picture of terrorist loving Jihadi-Justin Trudeau. How nice it would be if he had a incurable disease that was ravaging his body and was near death’s door.

    • I wish that ship of fools was not so generously supported by our tax dollars. It is heart breaking to think that the sweat of others supports their hideous notions. It is theft.

  • deplorabledave

    I have to revert to firefox to read the post shit but I sure as hell aint gonna take anything this faggot says as serious. And I sure aint gonna read anything this snot nosed prick vomits out to the end. I go to the comments.

  • J. C.

    F*ck this country… It’s time to de-confederate.

  • dukestreet

    I miss our centennial and Expo ‘67. It was fun at least. I was too young to know if they wasted as much $ on nothing.

    • Clausewitz

      I don’t know, but apparently a lot of Montreal Men were as pregnant that summer as they were during the Montreal Olympics.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Well, the Liberals were in power, so you can imagine. They pissed money away till hell wouldn’t have it.

      • dukestreet

        I would think so. I was too young to think about those issues. I just remember the fun I had. Once I was old enough to vote. I paid attention to the waste. The fact that businesses that get money from the government are so concerned about keeping it and getting more the next year disgusts me. If would be good for the government to reward businesses that save money. Then there wouldn’t be a mad dash at end of year to spend all the money so they can say that need more the next year. The attitude around government funding is a big problem with the waste that happens.

        • DavidinNorthBurnaby

          The mere fact that government gives money to business is a big problem with me. When I am king of Canada that will not happen. Businesses will be on their own.

          • dukestreet

            The problem is that it’s not just businesses that are given money, it’s social agencies and other institutions that have developed the same attitudes. I remember running a social agency that the government asked us to set up and run. I used to have government inspectors and licensing people, call me up and insist I buy expensive items, that we could not legally use just because we had not used every cent in the budget. Instead of rewarding those who manage to save government money, by adding the surplus to the next year in case a massive expense occurs, and leaving it available if needed. They insist on spending it all on waste so they can demand more money for the next year. If you have any left they assume that you will get less the next year. It shows how the government treats our taxes.

  • Clausewitz

    Canada 150 wasn’t a birthday, it was a marketing scheme that allowed Junior to indulge in an unlimited number of selfie events.

    • That sums it up, and the overall lack of enthusiasm.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        The whole thing has been an expensive shitshow. An utter and complete embarrassment.

  • ontario john

    And of course the CBC got in on the Canada bashing yesterday. They had a segment on little known stories in Canada’s history, that Canadians are racist bastards, followed by a panel discussion on how Canadians are racist bastards.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      I will never understand why people inflict cbc’s rubbish on themselves. I never do.

  • greenface

    “Tolu Ilelaboye, a Winnipeg community-development officer of Yoruba heritage”

    What would John A MacDonald think…

    • WTF’s a Yoruba?

      • greenface

        A Nigerian tribe (and a language). I used to work beside one in London – pathological liars – inevitably they are always “royalty back in Nigeria”.

      • greenface

        although I do think that your comment doesn’t reflect the enormous contribution that the (100,000 strong?) Yoruban-Canadian community has made “and continues to make” to Canada.

  • Mr. Meow

    This actually happened? What a load of shit.