By Tim Murray

Jesse Jackson has been up in Canada this week. He was the featured guest on the CBC TV’s “Power and Politics”, hosted by Terry Milewski. Of course, Milewski, as one would expect of a CBC journalist, threw soft ball pitches. Jesse is Terry’s kind of guy.

In case you don’t know, the CBC is Canada’s state broadcaster, underwritten by an annual subsidy north of $1 billion extracted from Canadian taxpayers. Officially, the CBC is short for “Canadian Broadcasting Corporation”. But patriots know it as the Canadian Betrayal Corporation. If you are American and you can’t visualize what the CBC is, think of a CNN/NPR combo funded by your tax dollars. If you are a Russian who lived in the Breshnev era, think of Pravda. Yes, the CBC is that bad.

The interview between Jackson and Milewski went according to plan. The end game is to design an interview where an American can praise our Prime Minister while ‘dissing’ President Trump. According to the CBC, we need Americans who will tell us how much better Canada is than the United States, and on this occasion, Jackson fit the bill. As is the current fashion, Jackson compared Trudeau to Trump in each’s attitude toward immigrants and refugees. “Donald Trump has a nationalist vision, but Justin Trudeau has a global vision. While Trump sees the world through a key hole, Trudeau sees the world through an open door.” Jackson praised Trudeau for helping people “whose back is against the wall.” According to the CBC, we Canadians know what our moral obligations are. But Trump doesn’t. Trump is possessed by the quaint notion that as the President of the United States, Trump’s first responsibility is to advance the welfare of Americans. Imagine that !!

The interview came in the wake of yet another massive influx of “asylum-seekers” (Haitians this time) streaming down a “lonely dirt road” across an obscure Quebec border crossing. Hundreds of migrants have been simply walking across the border unmolested every day. Today it was 300. More are expected. At least 330,000 Central Americans are in the queue, driven by the fear that the hated Trump will soon deport them . Someone please remind me : Why is “Oh Canada we stand on guard for thee” a central part of our national anthem?

Jackson went on to say that Hillary won the election by 3 million votes, and “Trump just can’t get over it.” As if priming the star of an info-commercial , Milewski asked, “Is there any shred of evidence that undocumented immigrants voted?”. Jackson replied that no, there wasn’t. “The problem wasn’t voter fraud, but voter suppression.” A lot of people of color were not registered.

Then Jackson was asked about Trump’s move to undo affirmative action policies in universities because, in Milewski’s words, “Trump thinks affirmative action discriminates against whites.” Jackson then went in a long spiel about why affirmative action was still necessary. No mention was made of the fact that the prime victims of affirmative discrimination are Asian students, not whites.

The Jackson interview was followed by yet another one of those classic CBC panel discussions, where three Leftists using the same hymn book offered their ‘diverse’ opinions about the issue of the day. The CBC follows the Goebbels formula for successful media propaganda : The presentation of uniformity in the guise of ostensible diversity.

The question put to the panel concerned today’s bordering crossing. Can Canada handle this summer surge of refugee claimants? The unanimous answer was yes, with one qualification. We need to “plan” for it. Not restrict it or block it. Accommodate it. One panellist, “Omar Khan”, a Liberal political strategist and media commentator with Hill and Knowlton Strategies, said that “Canadians don’t want to build a wall. It is not in our DNA. We are a country that welcomes people. I am the son of a refugee, and our Minister of Immigration is a refugee.” Khan could have also mentioned that the majority of members on the House of Commons Immigration Policy Committee are immigrants. The proverbial foxes guarding the hen house. Or to use another metaphor, imagine putting shoplifters in charge of store security. That’s Canada!

A second panellist, former NDP press secretary Ian Capstick, a pea-brained managing partner for an Ottawa-based communications strategy company, seconded the motion. “Canadians are very tolerant. We see multilingual signs in our major urban centres welcoming refugees. The only people who react differently are those like the Alt-Right who will use these border crossings to raise funds. Apparently Mr. Capstick is not aware of a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos in March, where only 36% of Canadians polled said that Canada should “accept these migrants”, and just 37% approved of the way that Prime Minister Trudeau has handled the problem. https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/03/20/poll-almost-half-canadians-want-illegal-border-crossers-deported/21903137

Capstick continued. “We are a very big country. There is lots of room to fit them all in. We have enough first responders, that’s not the problem. The problem is we don’t have downstream services. They need more funding.” For Canadian progressives, that is the magic cure-all for all that ails us. “More funding.” And they’re right. Thirteenth century Eastern Europeans could have coped with the Mongol invasion if only they had provided the invaders with downstream services. Well funded social housing units and an affordable health care system would have done the trick.

Somewhat like Bob Barker on “The Price is Right”, Capstick ended his sermon with “Come on over, we are ready for you.” That might be an apt inscription on Canada’s headstone.

The third panelist, Tom Power, host of CBC’s entertainment programme “Q”, took a slightly more realistic position, but of course he didn’t challenge the main premise. “We aren’t going to build a wall. We are never going to build a wall. We are not like that. But can we take so many at once? We need to plan for this.”

It doesn’t have to be this way. Send the CBC a message. Tell them that enough is enough. Tell them that it is time that the views of ordinary Canadians were broadcast on the network they pay for. Tell that to be meaningful, the CBC’s commitment to “inclusion” must mean the inclusion
of every strand of opinion in Canadian society, however politically incorrect their staff considers it to be. Contact these individuals, and give them a piece of your mind:

Terry Milewski@cbc.ca