Violence Should Have No Place in Canada’s Elections

Throwing Gravel at one of our Political Leaders Should be Responded to With Arrests and Criminal Charges

A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted September 7th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

What in hell is going on in our Canada now?

I feel depressed even writing this, knowing that it will be read by many Niagara At Large readers living on the American side of the border who have told me in the past that they think better of us.

They want to view Canada and Canadians as a place and people that have avoided the kind of ugly rhetoric and violence they have suffered through the past decade or two of radical-right Tea Party politics and Donald Trump and his cult.

Canada’s Liberal leader and Prime Minister, being pelted with gravel, as he leaves a campaign stop in London, Ontario this September 6th. Radical anti-vaxxers in Canada have also lobbed abuse at our frontline health workers.

Yet here we had an incident as recently as this past Monday, September 6th with a mob of radical right anti vaxxers in London, Ontario throwing gravel and other items at Canada’s Prime Minister and federal Liberal Party candidate Justin Trudeau and his entourage, which included children, at a campaign stop there.

This violent incident, perpetrated by individuals, some of home hold up signs for the ultra-right wing Peoples Party of Canada (PPC) Party echoes some of the ugly threats and abuse Canadian health professionals have had to put up with lately for daring to support the need for vaccination and vaccine mandates during what is an ongoing killer COVID-19 pandemic.

Then this September 7th, I open up The St. Catharines Standard to news that someone in our Niagara region – in the municipality of Grimsby – shoved a shopping cart into the car of a volunteer for the Liberal Party while wearing what was described as a face “contorted with rage.”

All of this put together, is absolutely sickening and leaves one wondering where we are going as a country.

Do we really want to invite the kind of ugly threats and violence we are witnessing almost every night on cable news in the United States?

I beg of you, my fellow Canadians, to think about it.

I have my disagreements with many of our political leaders too. But we have a way of addressing our disagreements – at public meetings, in phone calls or emails to our political representatives, and ultimately, during elections at the ballot box.

Please people. Let’s not turn into another Trump nation!

  • Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

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One response to “Violence Should Have No Place in Canada’s Elections

  1. Ugliness metastasizes. Canada USED TO BE admired for its acceptance and tolerance. What the hell happened?
    Sometimes I wish we could saw the continent in half at the 49th parallel and ditch the worst societal influencer. Even then, this paradigm is taking on a global hue, Germany, Australia, etc. Trump wasn’t the cause but the catalyst. The nasty sore was always festering underneath. He just picked off the scab. There are dissatisfied people who feel like they are being ignored so they have to scream and get violent to be heard.

    IMO, the PPC is the People’s Bigotry Party, Canada’s Tea Party. The number of signs I see is frightening. Whenever I see “People’s” in a country or party it is scary, The People’s Republic of China, The People’s Republic of the Congo, The people’s Republic of North Korea, People’s Republic of Ethiopia.

    The sad thing is these people think they’re voting for a better society and more freedoms but they are actually the chickens voting for Colonel Saunders. They think they’re creating freedoms when the opposite is true. When they start restricting freedoms of others, theirs will eventually follow. They latch on to ideas like immigrants and interlopers are displacing them. Sounds like Nazism with the victim du jour. Unless their name is “Wiping with leaves”, they were interlopers at some point too.

    Change by ugliness, violence and revolution seldom turns out well.
    New Zealand is a lovely place except for the volcanoes and earthquakes.

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