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Some Are More Equal Than Others

Tue, February 07, 2017   |   Author: Rod Taylor   |   Volume 24    Issue 6   

George Orwell’s Animal Farm contained this famous line, memorable for its ludicrous, oxymoronic slogan: “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.” It would be laughable if it weren’t such an accurate picture of our current government’s attempt to appear just and fair as it advances its unfair and biased gender agenda on the Canadian public. The really tragic aspect of this deception is that many Canadians are falling for it. We must sound the alarm—loud and long—if we are to prevent the crippling loss of free speech, common sense, and healthy community attitudes towards the family.

Last week, the House of Commons passed Bill C-309 at Second Reading, a bill which would officially declare the first week of October each year as Gender Equality Week. Only one MP voted against it and that was Brad Trost. We applaud him for his courage and regret that there were not more MPs willing to take an unpopular—and likely misunderstood—position based on principle.

Why, you may ask, would he oppose a bill which ostensibly seeks to advocate for equality? The answer is found in the lengthy list of “whereas” justifications for C-309. At first blush, the bill would seem to be another step in the long struggle for equal pay and equal opportunity for women, causes which we all would support. On closer examination, however, this bill (like so many government actions of late) is a shallow cover for yet more gender-based activism. Any excuse will do for yet one more outraged complaint about the supposed mistreatment of those who refuse to accept the biological gender assigned to them before birth.

The preamble to C-309 rambles through a long list of complaints about the struggles faced by women in the workplace but sprinkled throughout are phrases that reveal its true intent. “Challenges faced by…individuals of minority gender identity and expression”. . . “transgendered and visible minority women” . . . “issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation, particularly transgender women in visible minority groups” . . . “challenges Canadian women and individuals of minority gender identity and expression continue to face,” and so on.

The list of issues, which are meant to explain the importance of C-309, goes on to make race an issue as well as gender. While decrying the oppression it claims all women in Canada experience, it gives extra attention to “First Nation, Metis or Inuit” women, making this bill about racial equality, another cause about which I’m sure we’re all concerned but which seems not directly related to the purported topic of the bill.

One background statement in the list mentions that there has been a “disproportionate rise in the number of female inmates in Canada’s correctional institutions.” Do the bill’s proponents want to establish quotas there as well? If there are increases in the arrests and convictions of females, perhaps there are behavioural trends that are at fault. Perhaps, women and girls being constantly assured that they can and should assert their right to be just like men in every way are becoming more prone to social misbehaviour than they were in the past? Perhaps society’s general departure from good morals has affected women more than men? At any rate, it seems very unlikely that the increase in female incarceration is any kind of malevolent or malicious program instituted by white males to further create hardship for Canada’s women.

The boringly repetitive and detailed list of grievances also mentions that women are “underrepresented as participants and leaders in sports and physical activities.” Really? How many of us would like to see a couple of 300-lb defensive linemen landing in a heap on a newly-empowered woman carrying a football? Can it be done? Sure. Are there women with the talent, skill, and desire to succeed in male-dominated contact sports? No doubt. Is it a desirable goal to introduce a quota system into hard-hitting professional sports so that women don’t feel “underrepresented?” I say no. Sports are of course an area where talent and ability—and yes, sometimes strength and size—are supposed to open doors to opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities in the sports arena for those with the skill and perseverance to find them. They cannot be created by putting quotas on “representation.”

The bill’s preamble goes on to lament that “a lower proportion of Canadian politicians are women.” Stop right there. Every citizen of voting age is entitled to step forward and offer himself or herself to the voters. Of course, there are cliques and “old boys” clubs” which favour some people over others. There are many reasons why some succeed in gaining electoral support. It may be money, education, worldview, language skills. It may be stamina, passion, or looks. It may be ethnic background in certain areas or business experience or family connections. But don’t tell me that Canadian society as a whole is against a woman’s right to seek office. It just ain’t so.

These tired complaints would be merely annoying if they were not being relentlessly used to erode society’s long-standing and well-deserved reverence for the traditional family and the dignity of both men and women, those who take their places in society with gratitude and enthusiasm. We honour mothers. We honour fathers. We believe that every individual—male or female—has a right and a responsibility to find the opportunities that God has provided for him or her and to achieve the highest level of success possible.

Of course, we believe in equal pay for equal work. That crosses all lines of gender, race, and creed. We believe in equal opportunity. We believe in respect for all and the rule of law. But let’s not allow misguided social policy activists to twist the equal treatment of men and women into yet another lever in regards to “gender identity.” The attacks against the biological reality of male-female differences take many forms. For several years, Canadians were taught to make “bullying” Public Enemy Number One. Not any kind of bullying. Not the ordinary, hurtful schoolyard bullying about being fat or having big ears or out-of-date clothes. No, the big target was homophobic bullying. Because the battle was never about bullying; it was about making homosexuality more acceptable. Well, the “anti-bullying” crusade got old; the new poster child, the new cause célèbre is “transgenderism.” Again, the clamour and commotion is a false front for promoting gender confusion among schoolchildren. Bill C-309 is just another example. Don’t take the bait. Read between the lines.

Real Women of Canada have also published a well-researched article which puts the lie to many of the false claims being made by the proponents of C-309. We appreciate their work. Write to Brad Trost and thank him for defending our children. Encourage other MPs to vote against this bill at 3rd reading.

To help us in the fight to keep politicians honest and to protect Canadian children from the confusion of culturally-mandated gender dysphoria, join CHP today.

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