Canada’s Final demise?
George Grant’s cautionary for Canada.
With the present Liberal government many Canadians are feeling an acute sense of abandonment and betrayal. It promised reform and to be driven by progressive values. Now it turns out the 2015 election was nothing more than a cold-hearted ploy to herd voters into the penstock where the pubic good can be capriciously exploited and betrayed. There is no real change where this government is concerned as it limits itself to politically safe housekeeping issues and goes through the motions of governance and leadership without practicing either.
This is nothing new as the Liberal Party, along with the Conservatives have been betraying Canada for decades. The Liberals are though the chief culprits as they have spent the most time in office, post WWll.
As Canadian Philosopher George Grant stated half a century ago:
The debt we owe the Liberals is that they have been so willing to be led. The party has been made up of those who put only one condition on their willingness: that they should have personal charge of the government while our sovereignty disappears.
Grant also observed that American aggressiveness is not so much to blame for our loss of sovereignty as is the willingness of our political and economic elites to simply abdicate their obligation to govern and make no attempt to maintain even a modicum of sovereignty:
The power of the American government to control Canada does not lie primarily in its ability to exert direct pressure; the power lies in the fact that the dominant classes in Canada see themselves at one with the continent on essential matters.
In the time of Pierre Eliot Trudeau Neo-liberalism was in its infancy, but it was a gathering storm as the collapse of the USSR in 1991 left the US free to pursue global domination both militarily and economically. The precipitous ascent of Neo-liberalism (using free trade deals as a global tool for stripping countries of their economic sovereignty, and in turn their political sovereignty) was a declaration of war on nation states globally to subjugate their economies to deregulation and privatization. This meant the crushing of governments and their ability to actually govern, and turning democracy into a sham. The only democracy allowed is that of the market place where wealth is privatized, debt is socialized, leaving us with the immaculate conception of the 1%, and the exponential manufacturing of global poverty and inequality.
In the time of Trudeau the younger Neo-liberalism is very well entrenched globally, including Canada. Not only are the Ottawa Liberals typical examples, so too, is the Victoria BC Liberal government. Neo-liberalism demands blind obedience of national governments to its dictates.
If we take a brief look at just a few issues on our political landscape we can see how government policy is at the beck and call of this odious ideology. Here are just a few examples of how our government is corrupted by Neo-liberal values:
- Our Prime Minister backs away from electoral reform– The real reason the government backed away from this is that the present system (FPTP) favors the Liberal and Conservative clique which holds voters hostage to parties that are really one in the same and offer no real choice. Both are servile to Neo-liberal values. By backing away from electoral reform the PM caters to Neo-liberalism as it wants governments marginalized and feeble. As stated; the only democracy allowed is that of the market place.
- Our twenty-eight billion dollar deficit– One of the fundamental edicts of Neo-liberalism is that wealth is privatized and debt socialized. Neo-liberals want governments cashed-starved so they cannot initiate social programs or policies that might compromise Neo-liberal dominance or result in higher taxes for the private sector.
- Acquisition of the F35JSF – Both Liberals and Conservative governments have had a very difficult time handling this hot potato. The Harper Conservatives deferred the decision until after the 2015 election and the Liberals have deferred it until after the 2019 election. The reason is, they are going to buy this over-priced lemon, but to do so now would be but another election promise broken. Selling an endless supply of over-priced military hardware to clueless vassal states is of course a cornerstone of Neo-liberal corporate profiteering.
- Privatization of infrastructure (P3s)- One of the great myths of our time is the private sector is more cost efficient than government. In fact it swindles the public purse. Privatizing public assets is just another form of Neo-liberal profiteering and results in higher taxes of the middle class. Read more here.
- Tax reform and its conspicuous absence – While this government claims to be a friend of the middle class it is being thoroughly exploited. The middle class is assuming an ever increasing share of the tax burden while the rich enjoy their tax havens and corporations get their free ride. Here again, the Neo-liberal edict of privatizing wealth and socializing debt applies.
If Canadians want to articulate our sense of abandonment we have to go no further than scrutinizing our governments behaviors and policies with reference to the dictates of Neo-liberalism. We are not alone. It is the essential tool of globalization and the great destroyer of nation states.
George Grant’s Cautionary
In Lament for a Nation written in 1965 Grant supposes that we are working toward a “universal and homogeneous state”(globalization) driven by enlightened liberal values. In his day globalization was not the common term it is today as we are now truly living in a globalized world.
Grant would be disappointed to find out that liberalism has suffered an ignominious death both at home and abroad. In Canada, the death of liberalism coincided with the retirement Pierre Eliot Trudeau. Successive Liberal and Conservative governments have fallen under the spell of Neo-Liberalism. With the Governments of Harper, and Trudeau the younger we have reached criticality- a point at which the destruction of Canada is self-evident and people are becoming increasingly aware of our country’s demise as our quisling elites sacrifice it on the alter of global Neo-liberalism.
Grant issues a cautionary for Canada and our reckless submission to the present globalized world:
If this is the noblest goal, then the idea of Canada was a temporary and misguided parochialism. Only those who reject that goal and claim that the universal state will be tyranny, that is, a society destructive of human excellence, can assert consistently that parochial nationalism are to be fought for.
Far from being homogenized and based on enlightened liberal values, our present world order is based on self-destructive sociopathic Neo-liberal values. As he states, the universal state must be one that pursues human excellence and not human destruction.
It is all too clear the universal state is a tyranny and it is utterly unconscionable that Canada is mindlessly willing to see ourselves sacrificed to it. To do so is to feed the tyranny and simply amplify its destruction and accelerate our country’s demise.
As with so many other countries around the world we cower in the shadow of a sociopathic and dying empire. Our leaders are speechless are we are left leaderless.
Under our last two prime minister’s we have totally abdicated our foreign policy. At the UN there is a very important initiative in progress to try and check nuclear proliferation. Canada is AWOL!
As Christopher Westdal, our former ambassador to Russia(2003-2006) stated:
At the UN, our reputation is in tatters. Until Harper came to power, Canada was among the most active multilateral players in the world, our delegations reliably among the best-informed, energetic and constructive in the room. We played to our strengths – and they added to our multilateral standing and influence, our ability to lead.
We have withdrawn from having any proactive say in world affairs and trying to bring sanity to a world spinning out of control. We have left our fate to the exigencies of a dying and berserk empire. We may think we have a safe-haven, but in a globalized world there are none.
Here at Canadianviews we believe Canadians must fight for our “parochial nationalism” at least until a more credible New World Order (NWO) arrives on the scene. We must get back to being a proactive member of the global community in hot pursuit of a world that pursues human excellence and equanimity rather than the present human destruction.