As I ease into my blogging career, I’ll start by simply promoting the latest column from Canada’s official B.S. detector, the legendary Robert Fulford. The ultimate lifelong insider of Canadian journalism, Fulford cast off his elite liberal credentials late in his career, and took his new-found skeptical conservatism to a regular column in Conrad Black’s upstart National Post.
Fulford’s latest column, “Ontario’s Whiff of Totalitarianism”, exposes a bizarre new waste of Ontario taxpayers’ money – “EqualityRules.ca“, which is intended to teach youngsters how to talk to one another without being mean. Fulford skewers the totalitarian impulse of Canadian liberalism:
Possibly, there are citizens who see nothing wrong here. In eroding the line between public and private life, the Ontario Women’s Directorate and Sandra Pupatello, the minister responsible for women’s issues, may reflect widespread opinion.
Officious, intrusive and presumptuous, the campaign carries more than a whiff of totalitarianism. Political reshaping of private lives has an ugly record. The Soviets believed they were creating, through education and mass media, a New Soviet Man, an industrious Marxist-Leninist whose dedication to communism would outweigh loyalties to religion, region or ethnicity. It was all a question of social engineering. Josef Skvorecky expressed that notion when he titled his much-admired 1993 novel The Engineer of Human Souls, referring to Stalin’s insistence that novelists recreate humanity in the Soviet style.
Possibly, there are citizens who see nothing wrong here? I would go even a step further. The majority of Ontario residents would find nothing wrong with this campaign. In a culture where the sanctimonious do-gooder is king, this is exactly what the people expect of their government. Thank God our liberal politicians aren’t serious Stalinists – they don’t believe in enforcement, only really stern talkings-to.