Thursday, December 01, 2011

Trudeau's unforgivable Sin

Prior to 1970, whatever group rights that existed were granted out of political necessity and certainly not any kind of ideological attraction. In the 1970s that changed. Various groups championed group rights both as means of correcting historical inequalities and as a manifestation of the concept of nation build around the idea of blood. Pearson and later Trudeau recognized these inequalities, but felt that such inequalities could be better addressed by means that did not elevate the poisonous and divisive concept of a blood nation. So far so good. The only problem is Trudeau sold out. Such was Trudeau's desire to repatriate the Constitution that he was willing to enshrine in it the intelluctual abortion that is collective rights as a guiding legal principle. His actions are unforgivable. The country has suffered as a result, but nearly as much as the Liberals. The bi polar nature of today's Liberal party can be traced back to Trudeau's Faustine gambit. The Liberals are now a party that celebrates Trudeau's principled Federalism well all the while practicing an unprincipled and opportunistic form of asymmetrical federalism. They are a party that celebrates, on the one hand, a famously inclusive, albeit nebulous Canadian identity that the party helped foster, while all the well paying homage to exotic level of government whose membership is exclusive to one legally defined race.


Peter Wrightwater said...


Could you be specific about which sections of the Charter (collective rights) and which current Liberal Party policies (asymmetry & exotic level of government ...) you're referring to?

Koby said...

Not the Charter. The Charter is fine as far as it goes.

Section 35

(1) The existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed.

(2) In this Act, "Aboriginal Peoples of Canada" includes the Indian, Inuit and M├ętis peoples of Canada.

(3) For greater certainty, in subsection (1) "treaty rights" includes rights that now exist by way of land claims agreements or may be so acquired.

(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the aboriginal and treaty rights referred to in subsection (1) are guaranteed equally to male and female persons.

The exotic level of government I was refering to is native self government.

As for asymmetry, examples abound (e.g., The Atlantic Accord, Quebec's freedom of action with regard to the 2004 Health care argeement). Liberal governments have been loath to reverse the pantently absurd aggreements signed by Canada's worst every PM, Mulroney, (e.g., giving Quebec its own immigration system).

Peter Wrightwater said...