5 ways Trump has already poisoned Canadian politics

Suddenly Canadian politicians are making claims of vote rigging, calling others ‘losers’ and complaining about ‘fake news’. Sound familiar?


 
Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary speaks at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ont., on Thursday, March 16, 2017. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary speaks at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont., on Thursday, March 16, 2017. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

Since the election of Donald Trump, Canada has been regularly lauded by foreign media, celebrities and many in the international community for its welcoming stance towards immigrants and resistance to populist sentiment. But for all that praise, there’s ample evidence that Trump is influencing the tone and nature of Canadian politics.

Here are five specific examples of Trumpian rhetoric and political tactics spilling over the Canadian border.

1) Accusing rivals of ‘vote rigging” 

Kevin O’Leary, also a TV personality with zero political experience, has levelled the unsubstantiated claim of “fraud” and “widespread vote rigging” against at least one unnamed Conservative leadership rival—though he won’t say which one. In a statement O’Leary accused the rival campaign of using prepaid credit cards to sign up fake party members without their consent.

Trump has regularly alleged massive voter fraud took place, both in the run-up to the election when he was leading in the polls, and after he took office. He has claimed three to five million people voted illegally in the election, even though there is zero evidence of this. In O’Leary’s case, the Conservative Party is investigating his claim.

UPDATE: On  Friday, the Conservative Party’s investigation resulted in more than 1,300 fake memberships being cancelled. The memberships were purchased with untraceable, pre-paid credit cards. 

2) You’re a “loser”

It’s hard to imagine, pre-Trump, any major Canadian politician lowering discourse to the point that he or she would call a rival a “loser.” But after O’Leary started throwing around accusations of voter fraud, his main challenger—Maxime Bernier—had this to say in a fundraising email: “”Kevin O’Leary is a loser. I’m a winner.”

Meanwhile, here is just a partial list from 2015, called the Trump Loser Watch, of people that Trump called “loser.”

3) Criticism is “fake news”

Last week, while the Canadian Senate was addressing the overrepresentation of Indigenous women in Canadian prisons, Senator Lynn Beyak came to the defence of the residential school system. “Obviously, the negative issues must be addressed, but it is unfortunate that they are sometimes magnified and considered more newsworthy than the abundance of good.” The comments touched off calls for her to resign from the red chamber, but Beyak pushed back, calling the reporting on the story “fake news and exaggeration.” Ontario’s economic development minister, Brad Duguid, also trotted out the “fake news” line to dismiss criticism of the taxpayer bailout of the MaRS technology hub in 2014.

Trump has embraced the term “fake news,” which originated to describe the proliferation of made-up news stories circulated on social media during the election, and has labelled CNN “very fake news.” Since the election, Trump has tweeted the term “fake news” 32 times, according the Trump Twitter Archive.

4) “Lock her up” chants

When Conservative leadership candidate Chris Alexander was speaking to an Alberta rally last year opposing NDP Premier Rachel Notley’s carbon tax plans, the crowd started chanting “Lock her up.” Alexander simply smiled and nodded, and though he later maintained he disapproved of the chant, but said he didn’t tell them to stop because politicians should “listen to constituents.”

The “lock her up” chant became a mainstay at Trump rallies whenever he’d mention Hillary Clinton—even months after his election victory. He gave a thumb’s up to a Tennessee crowd this week when they started to chant “lock her up.”

5) Immigrant scapegoating

Kellie Leitch hasn’t outright said she’d ban any particular immigrant group from entering Canada, but throughout her campaign she has promised only she can stop terrorist criminals from swarming into Canada, by screening all “immigrants, refugees and visitors” to this country for “anti-Canadian values.”

Trump’s multiple attempts at banning anyone from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iran and Sudan may be held up in the courts for the moment, but his targeting of outsiders in the name of national security—and scoring populist points—is no less xenophobic.

 


 

5 ways Trump has already poisoned Canadian politics

  1. Cons are doing that….nobody else.

    • Do you mean the Conservatives, Emily? Because it only takes one “side” to start the downslide.

      • SJDUNN Really, it is becoming the new us. This society is plumating to new depths.

    • emelyone You are obviously one of the current immature ignorant trumpians. I shudder what this society is becoming, please do not consider yourself intelligent.

  2. Once again, MacLeans, like many corporate owned news outlets in the US, uses Trump as a punching bag, ignoring the fact that he is now the duly elected President and should be respected as such. Macleans, because of its bent, has decided to use Trump as an example
    of buffoonery. Anyone who can go through the gauntlet of a Presidential process is not stupid.
    As for the examples of buffoonery used. Macleans is wrongly characterizing Trump.
    1) Vote rigging. This is a serious problem in the US, which is why a commission. Is going to look into the issue. As Mayor Daley of Chicago used to say, “vote early and often”. In California alone, it is entirely possible millions did vote illegally, because illegal immigrants can get driver’s licenses and people can register to vote online. It is essentially an honor system, instituted by Democrat politicians that control the state.
    2) Is there something wrong with being a winner if you can demonstrate it? And if a political opponent has no qualifications other than being a lazy member of the ruling class, is someone not properly calling him or her a loser? On the other hand if someone had made say $30 billion, at least in a financial sense, is he or she not a demonstrable example of a winner? Government needs more winners. But they need to prove it.
    3) Criticism is not fake news. But untruths are. Networks like CNN and NBC are incredibly biased as are papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post. This isn’t opinion. It is a demonstrable fact. Wikileaks proved that these outlets were essentially the propaganda ministry for the Democratic Party and this continues today. These outlets hate Trump and will lie in order to defeat him. Hence, all they produce is fake news. Completely biased, completely worthless.
    4) Lock her up – once again, there is a reason why this was the spontaneous chant that came up during the elections. It is because Hillary Clinton engaged in illegal activities, both with regard to keeping state secrets on a server in a bathroom ( which is illegal) and with regard to her granting favors in exchange for her husband getting multi hundred thousand dollar speaking fees for a speech. Trump didn’t start the chant. Informed voters did and for good reason.
    5) Immigrant scapegoating – This entire term is a big fat value judgement which assumes that the reason for say, an immigrant order, is being done only because the person encouraging it is doing so out of hatred rather than out of concern for protecting the country. In the US, the press portrayed Trump as a bigot with regard to Mexico rather than as someone who finally had the temerity to identify a real problem with immigrants from Mexico Most were in the US illegally. Most of these illegal immigrants were good people. However, a side effect has been drug cartels and repeat offenders who were never deported. On top of that, the illegal immigrants suck up benefits ( healthcare, schools, roads, welfare). Admitting the downside of immigration is not necessarily bigotry. It is smart policy. Canada and the US don’t need to imagine the possible dangers of unbridled immigration. They merely need to observe Europe. Controlling immigration isn’t scapegoating. It is the right of every country and used to be called common sense.

    Macleans continues to repeat the same liberal garbage as their fake news compatriots in the US, hoping to look smart and urbane in the process. In fact, the US voters figured out why they should not listen to the arrogant opinions of so called journalists and make up their own minds. Canadians will do so as well.

    • Mr Molson I did not bother to read your comment, if you consider a liar, pervert and most dangerous individual who is adding 54 billion to the military budget cutting all humane department throwing millions without insurance, all the while screwing the ignorant lower classes and giving to the billionaire club
      You call that a president of the US rather than cheering for Putin, than you obviously do not belong to civilized society.

      • I believe that you just illustrated the equivalent of fake news. It also demonstrates how liberals would rather spew a litany of angry misstatements than factually talk about issues. As you know, Mr Obama depleted the military dramatically during his eight years in office. Millions will be thrown out of Obamacare due to the unsustainable increase in premiums. A replacement is needed. As for screwing the lower classes, you must not be aware of the middle class tax cuts being proposed. As for the fake Russian stories that were passed around by liberals and the news media, they have been proven completely false. This was recently confirmed by the head of intelligence, Mr Clapper.

      • I believe that you just illustrated the equivalent of fake news. It also demonstrates how liberals would rather spew a litany of angry misstatements than factually talk about issues. As you know, Mr Obama depleted the military dramatically during his eight years in office. Millions will be thrown out of Obamacare due to the unsustainable increase in premiums. A replacement is needed. As for screwing the lower classes, you must not be aware of the middle class tax cuts being proposed. As for the fake Russian stories that were passed around by liberals and the news media, they have been proven completely false. This was recently confirmed by the head of intelligence, Mr Clapper.

        • Mr Molson. One can respect the office, but the holder of that office must earn respect. So far, the present incumbent has not done that.

    • One Hundred Percent Correct . Macleans repeats it because they are owned by the Same Globalist One Percent Elitists. Ironic that I only watch RT News Now, because the way I see it , they are the only news outlet that gives an objective analysis from BOTH sides of most issues.Brain dead too lazy to look it up or just ignore the truth Liberal Media Tards have become completely irrational and untrustworthy and worse , All they do is regurgitate the same lies over and over.

    • You need to spend some time outside of the Trump echo chamber. You’re in serious denial of reality if you believe this nonsense.

  3. How arrogant this left wing media is. How about, Trump has given Canadians hope of turfing Trudeau and his self serving alt- left elitist out of office in 2019. Before they bankrupt Canada and overwhelm us with refugees that want to convert Canada to an Islamic state. …and now it comes out that Kevin Oleary was right. Max Bernier was rigging the conservative leadership vote. Looks good on you Macleans. Love the way you twist the facts … “Immigrant scapegoating” ? Why don’t you report that in a recent poll, nearly 80% of Canadians think we need a Canadian values test for immigrants.

  4. How arrogant this left wing media is. How about, Trump has given Canadians hope of turfing Trudeau and his self serving alt- left elitist out of office in 2019. Before they bankrupt Canada and overwhelm us with refugees that want to convert Canada to an Islamic state. …and now it comes out that Kevin Oleary was right. Max Bernier was rigging the conservative leadership vote. Looks good on you Macleans. Love the way you twist the facts … “Immigrant scapegoating” ? Why don’t you report that in a recent poll, nearly 80% of Canadians think we need a Canadian values test for immigrants.

    • I’ll happily support a “Canadian values test for immigrants”. Right after we impose one for all Canadian citizens as part of eligibility for voting. /sarcasm off

  5. Some of the rhetoric is just plain sad. It doesn’t take much money (unlike the U.S.) to influence political parties/government.

    Does Canada even have a Mercer/Citizens United equivalent? Do the Mercer types try to influence what goes on in Canada?

    People did try to warn Yanks about Cruz/Trump. Money/fear Trumps all. Hehehehe………….

  6. vote fraud was happening…by who?…why are so many mosques being built and no churchs?…why are the majority of rape cause by those of Islamic faith…why all the coverup of these incidents?….why is the Canadian media covering this all up? From a Canadian
    l will no longer stand quietly by and let Radical Islam put down roots in my Canada…
    l will resist their attempt to take away my free speech
    l look at Greece
    l look at Italy
    l look at Germany
    l look at France
    l look at England
    l think to myself why would l want this outdated farce in my Canada….
    why would l want Sharia Law in my Canada…
    why would l want no go zones in my Canada…
    why on earth would someone even consider this in this day and age
    Why should Canadian women cower in fear that Sharia Law might gain roots in Canada
    lm guessing that politicians have gotten so desperate for votes their now willing to sell out ordinary Canadians and their values for a few votes no mater where or how they get them
    lm all for responsible immigration….
    This push to fill my Canada with radicals is not responsible immigration !!
    when they pull up to the Canadian Border in a taxi only to be directed by US Customs where to go and cross illegally into Canada l can only shake my head in disbelief
    Why should we take these folks in when they break the law to get into Canada trying to jump the queue that other folks have waited years to get in….
    L think a wise idea would to be to slow down on the Islamic immigration into Canada until we see how Greece,Italy,France and England work out.
    Gotta be honest here…doesn’t seem to be working out to well over there folks…am hoping Canadians are smarter than l give them credit for at this point
    This is your future folks…choose wisely
    l will no longer stand by quietly on the sidelines and see my Canada given away for a few simple votes
    l will engage my family
    l will engage my friends
    l will engage my coworkers
    l will ask them to also engage their own familys…their own friends and their coworkers as well
    l will not go quietly into that dark muslim night….

    A Canadian

    • Stop cutting and pasting your mini lecture. This Canadian woman is only cowering in fear that your outlandish fantasies will actually find people who agree with you.
      Can’t you numpties get it into your heads that these Moslem refugees are escaping an Islamic state, they don’t want to live under radical Islam. They seek the sanctuary and sanity of Canada. And if you want more churches, go build one. People build there own churches

  7. People need to look in the mirror.

    We are all responsible for what we say, what we think…. how we treat others.

    The toxicity in social commentary can’t be solely blamed on Trump or his type. People’s unwillingness or inability to look in the mirror and understand in their societal responsibilities towards one another is at the heart of the cracks.

    “The common good” is a “thing” no longer understood, valued or believed in by a large sector of people. At least, that is how it appears.