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Back in 2008 when Mark Steyn and Maclean’s newsweekly were being legally persecuted in British Columbia for publishing an article insufficiently submissive toward Islamic activists’ sensitivities, I announced:

And it’s time we did something about Canada’s repeated violations of the basic human right to free expression. It’s time to boycott vacationing in Canada until Canada improves its human rights situation. 

Granted, I can only afford to vacation places where I can pitch a tent; but let the word go out to Canadian firewood retailers that they won’t be getting any of my business until they help pressure their government to stop persecuting writers.

I have been informed that persecution of writers in Canada has lessened in recent years, so I hereby announce a suspension of the boycott. But, be aware, Canadian campfire fuel vendors, that the hammer could come back down at any moment.

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From my Taki’s Magazine column:

Every Fourth of July, a heretical question nags: Would it have been so bad if America hadn’t won its independence from Britain?

Read the whole thing there.
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Canada’s population has been steadily growing due to immigration. It’s now up to 34 million from 27 million in 1988. Immigrants have, not surprisingly, stayed away from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, while crowding into Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. 
Canadian Liberal Party senior statesman Robert Kaplan enthusiastically explains in the Toronto Globe & Mail that tripling the population of Canada would be terrific for Canada’s ruling caste.

Fulfilling Laurier’s vision: A Canada of 100 million 

We don’t have enough people. The Liberals should stand today for a strategic immigration policy of reaching 100 million by 2100. 

If we become a nation of this size: 

1. Our culture would be less strained to survive. Our arts, books, magazines, newspapers, movies and music, electronic media, with more than triple the producers and consumers would become self-sustaining. They might even become better. Our comedians could be funnier. Our elusive search for definition as Canadians could be realized.

A Canadian = A random foreigner. 
The thinking behind this is that if the population of Canada were 100,000,000, then there would be lots of cool media jobs for funny Canadian Scotsmen and Jews, whose media products would be purchased (mandatorily, under the Canadian Content Quota laws) by the teeming new masses of unfunny Muslim immigrants.
He’s a man with a plan!

2. Canadians could better take up our vast opportunities. Domestic markets that justify branch plant operations today could attract Canadian entrepreneurs from the start. We would be a serious stand-alone market. Truncation could be reversed. Foreign capital coming in would be more challenged by growing Canadian domestic capital. We could still welcome foreign investors, but we would give them more of a run for their money, and see our economy benefit.

It’s hard to get a billion dollars in Canada, which peeves Canadians with merely a hundred million dollars.

3. On the world stage, our skills at exercising soft power by finding project partners and leading by example could be supplemented by some “hard” power. We could address and solve problems single handedly if we wanted. Our military could be comfortably triple its present size, as could our aid programmes.

Kaplan’s view of existing Canadians is kind of like Gen. Douglas Haig’s as he was planning the First Battle of the Somme in 1916: Canadians are okay, I guess, but they’d be better if they could provide more cannon  fodder.

Under Kaplan’s plan, Canadian political leaders could, just like American leaders, decide, off the top of their heads, to invade or bomb countries they don’t like. What’s the fun of being a national leader if you don’t get to shoot cruise missiles at  countries that annoy you?

4. We Canadians believe we stand for something good in the world, that we have some values and some institutions worth promoting in the interests of international social harmony, peace and prosperity. At 100 million, the world audience might be more alert.

Nobody ever pays attention to America Jr. 
Kaplan then explains that while global warming is all so sad for, say, Bangladeshis, Canada  should do all it in its power to speed it up. It’s damn cold in Canada.

Before turning to some conditions of the strategic plank I recommend, two points need to be made. Firstly, Canada’s ecology is changing. We oppose global warming for good reasons and should continue to do so, but we can see it coming, and it brings certain advantages to Canada. We will have much more arable land and a much broader range of foods that we will be able to grow – foods that the world needs. This is already happening. More farmers are needed. Also Northern opportunity is becoming, and has become, viable. Northern waterways are now accessible eight months a year, a window that is increasing. We need cities up there, and people for them.

How’s that working out in Siberia, anyway? Is Magnitogorsk a hot real estate market? A commenter responds:

So much for all our empty talk about sustainability and the environment.

Let’s bring a bunch of people over from relatively low energy consumption countries and settle them in the frigid Great White North . . . with its need for central heating, long distances, and our addiction to energy consumpton – that ought to be great for that carbon footprint that the Liberals are so concerned about. I guess that greenhouse gases are only bad when its us Albertans who are generating them – everyone else is exempt – especially if they vote Liberal. 

How exactly does this fit with the supposedly “green” side of the Liberal party’s platform?

Kaplan continues:

Secondly we should not ignore the growing world population and the growing number of refugees worldwide. It is not inconceivable that world organizations may begin telling us to increase what we now consider to be a generous immigration policy. Today’s limits are stingy for us. We could get ahead of this and gain world respect for doing so. …

We would also probably need to direct some immigrants and commit them to stay somewhere for periods of as much as 10 years. We would do this to hold support for the policy in our “crowded” cities, to satisfy some provinces as to their proportionate place in Confederation and to prepare for the optimum population distribution for our long-term opportunities. The natural preference some immigrants might have to be, for example, near their existing ethnic community in Canada might need to be challenged. Are there potential immigrants willing to accept such conditions? The fact is that there are hundreds of millions of them. Permission to come to Canada could be the greatest event for their family in its history, as it was for most of us. Such immigrants would not be subjected to the isolation of many of our foreparents, where a young couple could be completely alone on the Prairies, miles from other humans for months at a time. With the Internet, Skype, radio and television, there would be a lot to compensate for accepting conditions.

So, the idea is to round up all the new Bangladeshi immigrants each time they sneak back to their cousins’ neighborhood in Toronto and send them back to their Gulag encampments in Moose Jaw and Medicine Hat. Yeah, I can see that working out. A commenter responds:

He may envisage forcibly filling Saskatchewan or Inuvik with immigrants, but it would be immediately challenged to the Supreme Court, probably successfully. Thereafter, Toronto’s borders and traffic jams, already the continent’s worst, would continue to grow. 

Another commenter writes:

Oh Bob, dear Bob,  

Do you really think it’s possible to increase the amount of arable land by merely raising the temperature of the air? Ah, if only it were so simple. Vast tracts of the country are covered by the boreal forest, which for the most part sits on a thin layer of acidic soil, which in turn rests on bedrock. Canadian Shield that is, Bob. Good luck getting your plough to penetrate solid granite. Good luck getting wheat or corn to germinate in acidic soil. And even if by some miracle you solve those problems, what happens if climate change makes Canada’s climate drier? Ask any Canadian farmer, in the middle of this heat wave, if he’d prefer drier conditions. Anyone for drought, Bob? 

And I see that you also want to build big cities way up north? On permafrost? [They'd sink.] Bob, that’s where I stopped reading. That’s where I decided that your article is nothing more than a very late April Fools’ joke. 

The 321 comments are pretty funny.
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Here’s the opening of my new VDARE.com column:

Barack Obama’s inaugural day is upon us…and Obamamania has reached such comic dimensions that I can’t bring myself to think seriously about it.

So let’s step back and consider Obamamania’s closest analog: the extravagant “Trudeaumania” that propelled an obscure law professor to the prime ministership of Canada in the fateful year 1968.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau had only three years’ experience in Parliament. But, much as Obama introduced himself to the public in his 2004 Democratic convention keynote address with 380 words about how he was the offspring of a mixed-race marriage, Trudeau was famously the son of a Francophone father and an Anglophone mother, making him accent-free in both languages.

As Time Magazine burbled in “Man of Tomorrow” on July 5, 1968:

He seemed a man neither of the left nor of the right, but a man for the future. His campaign was based on the simple, unequivocal proposition: ‘One Canada.’ As a bilingual French Canadian, he appears to be the right man to bring the French-and English-speaking peoples closer together.

Trudeau was Canada’s half-blood prince. J.K. Rowling made this term famous in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but this concept out of fantasy has long had a shadowy salience in politics. In the Foreword to my book, America’s Half-Blood Prince: Barack Obama’s “Story of Race and Inheritance,” the Editor of VDARE.COM, Peter Brimelow, defines a “half-blood prince” as:

An archetypal ambiguous figure in whom the various parts of a deeply-divided society can jointly invest their contradictory hopes. Such figures spring up regularly in conflicted polities.

Of course, under Trudeau, the French and English-speaking peoples of Canada only mod farther apart. But that wasn’t the point of Trudeau’s policy, it was merely the effect.

Trudeaumania didn’t last, but Trudeau did, clinging to power for a decade and a half. In that time, Trudeau fundamentally remade Canada in his own bilingual image—imposing French on English-speaking Canada and allowing Quebec effectively to ban English in French-speaking Canada—and driving the country permanently to the left.

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Boring Canada, with its penchant for being boring, has had a boring mortgage system (including such anachronisms as down payments) and an immigration system that is publicly committed to improving the economic welfare of current Canadians. So, it’s economy has been boringly non-catastrophic recently.

Of course, that can’t last with its main trading partner going down the tubes. With recession looming in Canada, you might think that the out of power parties would be happy to see the weak minority conservative government wrestle with the economy and absorb the blame. But, no, the the left of center Liberals have formed a coalition with the leftist New Democrats, and have made a deal with the secessionist Bloc Quebecois, to take power. Colby Cosh has details.

UPDATE: Alternatively, the Canadian Left and the secessionists see the coming economic crunch as an opportunity to spend vast amounts of made-up money on their political bases.

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Following last week’s news that one Canadian university is paying for spies to snoop on student mealtime conversations and turn them in more politically correct directions, we learn that Canadian students hardly need outside crimethink management. From Canada.com

Cystic fibrosis not ‘inclusive’ enough for Carleton students

OTTAWA – The Carleton University Students’ Association has voted to drop a cystic fibrosis charity as the beneficiary of its annual Shinearama fundraiser, supporting a motion that argued the disease is not “inclusive” enough.

Cystic fibrosis “has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men” said the motion read Monday night to student councillors, who voted almost unanimously in favour of it. …

During orientation week this year, Carleton students, who have raised about $1 million over the years, raised about $20,000, said foundation chief executive Cathleen Morrison, who was surprised and dismayed by the student association decision.

The rationale for dropping cystic fibrosis as the beneficiary is not correct, she said. CF is diagnosed just as often among girls as boys, although the health of girls deteriorates more rapidly, she said. It is commonly considered an illness that affects Caucasians, but that includes people from the Middle East, South America, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

“‘Caucasian’ as we understand it isn’t just white people,” said Morrison. “It includes people with a whole rainbow of skins.”

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