February 23, 2012

"Welcome to Canada!"

"Now, let me tell you a bit about your shitty new country…"

February 13 was the official launch of "People's Citizenship Guide: a response to conservative canada." Written by a group of progressive scholars with the intention of providing a "more honest alternative" to the official citizenship Guide, the People's Citizenship Guide encourage new immigrants to join the ranks of the leftist grievance-mongers:

"The Canadian economy forms part of an unequal global economic system, a system which, shape by the legacies of colonialism, continues to privilege industrialized nations over those of the global south."

Sun TV host Brian Lilley and guest John Robson spotlighted several other notable passages from The People's Citizenship Guide on yesterday's edition of The Byline:

"Canada has a long history of repression, exclusion, and exploitation."

The unjust "exclusion" continues to this day:

"You must apply to become a Canadian "citizen" to vote in any election in Canada. This means waiting several years after arriving in Canada to become eligible, paying a significant application fee per person, passing a written exam in French or English, and swearing allegiance - perhaps in front of a military official - to the British Queen, who leads a Christian church. For many people, this process is a barrier to exercising their democratic rights."

(emph. mine)

Posted by EBD at February 23, 2012 6:58 PM

Sedition much?

Posted by: syncrodox at February 23, 2012 6:59 PM

For many people, this process is a barrier to exercising their democratic rights.

That's a feature, not a bug.
If they don't like it, they can diddy-bop back to Asscrackistan and exercise their democratic rights there.

Posted by: Oz at February 23, 2012 7:01 PM

"The Canadian economy forms part of an unequal global economic system"

Which is most likely the reason your looking to come here...

Posted by: duffman at February 23, 2012 7:14 PM

I'm applying for my Canadian citizenship right away.

Posted by: Kyla at February 23, 2012 7:20 PM


maybe I should give U mine, and then re-apply myself and see if I can garner any freebies:-)))

Posted by: NME666 at February 23, 2012 7:22 PM

Looks like the U of M won't be getting their annual donation from me this year.

Posted by: grok at February 23, 2012 7:24 PM

Next the insurrectionists, will point out that Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, is really a descendant of the german royal house Saxe-Coburg Gotha and is hence an 'alien'!!

And OH MY HEAVENS, Her Majesty is, wait for it, one those baleful awful Christians...

A Christian...oh you don't say.

I don't think anyone disputes that Her Majesty is the official HEAD OF STATE. This is basic elementary civics...

And if you are swearing an oath in front of a military official and representative of the Crown; well my oh my, next thing you know vee vill all be speaking german.

Pretty good comedy sketch material but they are veering into black farce.


Hans Rupprecht, Commander in Chief

1st Saint Nicolaas Army
Army Group “True North”

Posted by: Hans at February 23, 2012 7:29 PM


Posted by: Texas Canuck at February 23, 2012 7:34 PM

An astounding expression of pure ignorance and fiction.

Industrialized economies are, by definition, engaged in wealth production (which means, for the obtuse, simply, the production of surplus above immediate consumption needs). This enables these economies to support larger populations in greater health and well-being.

Who is privileging them? The UN? Heh. The economic system - ah yes, but the economic system is a force unto itself. No one agent, MasterMind, is running it. So, no-one is 'privileging' these industrial economies..other than the economy.

Economies, such as in the Islamic ME, which have rejected a middle class economic development, are impoverished.
Economies, such as in China, India and Russia, which have been generations behind enabling a middle class capitalist economy, are slow to catch up to the Industrial West.
Economies, which operate in ecological areas which do not sustain large scale agriculture, such as in various parts of Africa and South America (deserts, rain forests) are slow to participate in industrialism.

Inequality is thus natural - due to natural ecological resource availability, to population educational expertise, to cultural mode of development (collectivism or tribalism is generations behind industrial individualism).

The West moved into industrialism, not because of colonialism - indeed, long before the colonial era- , but because Europe's biome or ecology, is the richest on the planet and enabled and promoted population growth - and innovation of new technology.

As for Canada's long history of repression, exploitation and exclusion - prove it and explain how it's relevant today.

And, are they serious that citizenship should NOT take some time? Should NOT require some knowledge of the official languages of their new homeland, should not require some knowledge of the history and cultural norms? Do we really want people who are here one day, to be eligible to vote? Heh - and then, do they leave the next day back to their home country?

Oh, the Queen is the Queen of Canada not just Britain. And also of Australia and New Zealand, etc. So what if the Queen is head of the Church of England; you aren't required to join it, because, gosh, in Canada, there's a legal separation of church and state. Unlike in, hmm, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc.

How can this oath be a barrier to 'exercising their democratic rights'? What does 'democratic rights' refer to in this instance?

Sometimes, I wonder how the left manage to get through a single day of living in reality. Their mindset seems to be so completely, 'virtual' or imaginary. They live in a totally fictional world, filled with false opinions, perspectives, total untruths.

Posted by: ET at February 23, 2012 7:35 PM

Obviously we can't allow these poor people to come to such a sh1t-hole. It's time to stop all immigration. That is what they want, isn't it? Or wouldn't the authors be moving to the countries these poor benighted people come from so they too can leave this unjust sh1t-hole?

Posted by: andycanuck at February 23, 2012 7:44 PM

I notice that at the bottom of the website there are a number of governmental logos indicating tax dollars have gone into producing this crap.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at February 23, 2012 7:49 PM

@ Ken (Kulak): =

so you know which side of the marxist spectrum they hail from...


Hans Rupprecht, Commander in Chief

1st Saint Nicolaas Army
Army Group “True North”

Posted by: Hans at February 23, 2012 7:55 PM

I don't swear allegiance to the queen but their little guidebook is a joke. Next thing you know they'll be approving of he genital mitilation...

Posted by: llangmannangmann at February 23, 2012 7:55 PM

Anmother book I will be ripping up when I come accross it.

Posted by: Robert L at February 23, 2012 7:57 PM

"Written by a group of progressive scholars"! There is that misuse of the word "progressive"again. Just school yourself to read it as "regressive" and you will come closer to message they are trying to convey.

Posted by: Bob Wood at February 23, 2012 8:06 PM

Professors like that are the main reason for devalued degrees. Well, devalued outside of the public sector anyway.

Posted by: marco at February 23, 2012 8:07 PM

The "unjust exclusion" -- the right to vote -- that these whackjob academics mention is in fact one of the few rights that are included -- "written in stone" -- for Canadians in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The following are the fundamental rights that can already be denied Canadians and excluded by the "notwithstanding" clause and the Provincial "does not preclude" clauses:

- freedom of conscience and religion
- freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, freedom of the press and other media
- freedom of peaceful assembly
- freedom of association.
- freedom of movement (for citizens)
- freedom to work anywhere in Canada (for citizens)
- right to life, liberty and security of the person
- right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure
- right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned
- right to retain counsel, habeas corpus, speedy trial, presumption of innocence, etc.
- right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment
- rights of the individual to the equal protection of the law without discrimination

All of the above fundamental rights and freedoms are already dangerously negotiable under our Charter.

The following rights are the only ones left that are written in stone -- not excluded by the "notwithstanding" and "does not preclude" clauses. And VOTING is the only real right listed for Canadians that is not limited to special interest groups:

- right to vote (for citizens)
- elections at least every 5 years (limited wartime exceptions)
- Official language rights (9 of 31 Sections are dedicated to language rights!)
- Aboriginal treaty and land claims agreements rights and freedoms
- Official multiculturalism
- equality of males and females
- Separate school rights

All Canadians citizens have only one genuine right under the Charter: the right to vote. And these fascist a**holes even want to eliminate that!

It's obvious why the Left wants to do that -- the elimination of a democracy chosen by citizens is the final step to establishing their Fascist "progressive" dictatorship.

Posted by: ricardo at February 23, 2012 8:12 PM

They are doing an excellent job keeping stone age ar$seholes out of Canada. Couldn't they add a section that Muslims are regularly shot down in the streets and that pork is the only meat available.

Posted by: Scar at February 23, 2012 8:17 PM

Sounds like you need more people like Obama.

Posted by: Molon Labe at February 23, 2012 8:22 PM

Looks like the reputation of our university professors in this country remains intact. Our tax dollars at work. I don't mind them putting their thoughts to paper on their own time. I would just love to know why I have to fund their thoughts doubtless expressed loudly and often to their unfortunate students.

I pledge full allegiance to PM Harper if he guts the universities.


Posted by: Gary Marshall at February 23, 2012 8:23 PM

Those, COLD, HEARTLESS, B****RDS! They should provide free tickets to Syria for all those immigrants who have been duped into coming to Canada!!!

Posted by: WarEagle82 at February 23, 2012 8:24 PM

The guide is an encapsulating summary of what is taught in humanities courses in every college and university.

Posted by: Lucky Lori at February 23, 2012 8:25 PM

Uh oh. It turns out that my history professor from a course I took last semester is a contributor. Well that explains why 'Canada and decolonization' was basically a grievance-mongering forum.

Posted by: disappointed history student at February 23, 2012 8:41 PM

ET is spot on. It is amazing to see such profound ignorance from university professors. I knew it was bad but had no idea just how bad. Still it is because they live in a country which grants them the freedom to spew such nonsense and lies that they are free to do so. What I most strongly object to however is their dependence on the public teat. Let them do this on their own dime.

Posted by: Alain at February 23, 2012 8:44 PM

Very funny. Excellent spoof.

Posted by: Mike McCormick at February 23, 2012 8:45 PM

disappointed history student

I have to ask...How much did they charge you to insult your intellegence?

Posted by: syncrodox at February 23, 2012 8:45 PM

God bless Canada, His second-favorite nation.

Posted by: Mack Hall at February 23, 2012 9:02 PM

"Faculty of Law"

What a surprise.

Posted by: nme at February 23, 2012 9:03 PM

I would merely point out that it is Canada's "Law Enforcement" officers who enable this. What does it take to be called "Treason" up there in the Great White North? And what do YOU think would be called "Treason" if the roles were reversed? And do you think the reversal would matter in the least to your "Law Enforcement"?

Posted by: Mark Matis at February 23, 2012 9:28 PM

I notice that at the bottom of the website there are a number of governmental logos indicating tax dollars have gone into producing this crap.

How many tax dollars have gone into producing your crap, Comrade Welfare Bum Kulak?

Posted by: phil at February 23, 2012 9:36 PM

Ain't no hypocrite like a small dead hypocrite.

Posted by: phil at February 23, 2012 9:38 PM

Can I put in a request that this "People's Citizenship Guide" please be printed on absorbent paper?

Posted by: Edward Teach at February 23, 2012 9:40 PM

Backfill...down in the muck as always...Howz the snakes belly look?

Posted by: syncrodox at February 23, 2012 9:42 PM

And yet, despite all of the evil and nastiness probably 6.5 billion out of the 7 billion people in this world would become Canadians in a new York minute if they could.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at February 23, 2012 9:42 PM

"Canada has a long history of repression, exclusion, and exploitation."

I would like to know how many people holding this view say this solely because they suffered some personal failure, and therefore need some scapegoat to blame for their downfall.

Posted by: small c conservative at February 23, 2012 9:53 PM

Essay assignment for progressive professors:

Choose one:

What would Canada look like today, if it had NOT been colonized?

If Britain had not colonized Canada, who would have?

Posted by: Lucky Lori at February 23, 2012 10:15 PM

Didn't want to vomit so I did not read.
Fast fact: Sir John A. Macdonald upchucked in parliament over a liberal bill back in the 19th century.
This bit of truth comes from my 97 yr old grandmother.
They thought it was hilarious.
Now I just want to buy a rifle. Looking towards a .308/7.62 for ammo availability/ stopping power.

Sorry if I scare the trolls, a armed society is a polite society. (Robert A Heinlein)

Posted by: dwright at February 23, 2012 10:16 PM

It's only treason if the treasoners are treasoning in the employ of a foreign nation state, and it's not sedition because they're not calling for overthrow of the government. I support the right for people to say stupid offensive stuff, but it's greatly annoying that 150K per year tenured professors do it for a living.

Posted by: marco at February 23, 2012 10:29 PM

"I support the right for people to say stupid offensive stuff"

Can't argue with that sentiment, however the problem is that many who read that verbal diarrhea don't think things through and actually take it to be fact.

It's curious that those who come up with this mindless trash never do so on their own dime.

Posted by: biffjr. at February 23, 2012 10:38 PM

Right - what I find offensive is that the people writing this sophistry, filled with misinformation, outright lies, blatant emotional and factual manipulation - are, as others have noted, tenured professors. Defined as 'experts' in history, societal organization, political systems.

And yet, their writings show them as ignorant, factually bereft of truth, and their writings offered only as personal opinions, filled with shallow emotion and bias.

Paid for, by we taxpayers, and offered as 'expert analysis'. Disgusting.

Posted by: ET at February 23, 2012 10:48 PM

Should be retitled: "The Canadian Guide To Assholery"

Posted by: Chubsy Ubsy at February 23, 2012 10:49 PM

Well, an honest immigrant (and many are) would say, "I come from country XYZ. XYZ has a long history of repression, exclusion, and exploitation and corruption far beyond anything which you can imagine." Just as a small example, a friend of mine from India remarked that in India it is best to avoid arrest (bribes can work) "because the police will beat the c*** out of you". SOP.

After all, repression, exclusion, exploitation and corruption are the main reasons that people come from XYZ to Canada.

And often do very well. We recently had a leftist professor visit who moaned about intolerance etc. when he should have been asking if he were skilled enough to work as a butler for a Canadian of XYZish origin.

Posted by: John Lewis at February 23, 2012 10:49 PM

I could give a rats A$$ what these lefty professors say or think,but I absolutely detest the thought that one dime of tax payer money is going to support their Marxist beliefs.Far as I m concerned we should offer them a one way ticket to Syria,Libya or any other third world sh!thole of their choice [how about France] and make sure they get on the very next available plane.Bet that 90 % of them wimp out and find some excuse why they have to stay here in the country they despise.

Posted by: Frankemm at February 23, 2012 10:54 PM

I suppose it's easy to come up with drivel when you're safe and sound in Canada with a nice tenured position.

If any of these cretins were actually subjected to even a small degree of repression, exploitation or exclusion, they would undoubtedly assume the fetal position and soil their pants simultaneously.

Posted by: biffjr. at February 23, 2012 11:01 PM

There we have it at last - the elitist left's Canadian communist manifesto. Reduced to its essence, they believe that to be a good Canadian citizen one must hate our heritage and successes.

Dogmatic socialism is a mental disorder puncuated bt fits of dimentia.

Posted by: Occam at February 23, 2012 11:01 PM

A thread with a similar theme popped up a couple of weeks ago and a commenter pointed us to the 'Rate My Professor' page for the author of the bogus item. The professor was not held in high esteem by his students.

So I thought I'd check out Prof. Jones' ratings, which can be found here:

Surprise, surprise. The good Professor seems to be almost universally reviled by her students, garnering a rating of just 2.7 when her University's average prof rating is 3.3. One of the most common remarks is in regard to her 'feminist' tendencies, while another is her propensity to hold herself in very high regard.

'Progressives' = Predictable

Posted by: No Guff at February 23, 2012 11:08 PM

Perhaps this is a way to scare the less than deserving immigrants off.

But seriously, this is hardly a ringing endorsement and these "progressives" know it. They are more than welcome to live in the socialist paradises of North Korea, China, Cuba, Venezuela and Vietnam if they like. I'm sure there are no inequalities or colonialism there.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at February 23, 2012 11:08 PM

The guide is an encapsulating summary of what is taught in humanities courses in every college and university.
Posted by: Lucky Lori at February 23, 2012 8:25 PM

Exactly. Which reminds me of my shouting at the TV the other night as Ezra interviewed a very young looking libertarian PhD prof from a US university who has invited Ezra down to speak to his class.

He was totally stumped on Ezra's question about why so many young people like the geezer Ron Paul.

Naturally, I ordered my wife to pause the PVR so that I could deliver a brief lecture on why that is: Howard Zinn's textbook, The Peoples' History of the United States, which has taught a generation of young Americans exactly this kinda bullshit. And, naturally, they're drawn to Paul's nutty isolationist "blame America for everything" posture. Not for nothing did Billy Ayers give up exploding bombs and march into the university classroom.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at February 23, 2012 11:24 PM

I suppose it would be easy to get indignant ... if a person really cared what these pussies thought about anything.

Count your blessings folks ... I don't know anyone that stupid.

Posted by: ∞² at February 23, 2012 11:25 PM

Sadly not the Onion. These mushy headed humanities types are going to put satire out of business. Seriously, the humanities are daycare for unemployable pinkos with emotional issues.

Posted by: Jason at February 23, 2012 11:29 PM

I recommend that these profs be dropped in with a group of returning vets from Afghanistan for a re-education session.

Posted by: Aviator at February 23, 2012 11:54 PM

My wife and I just finished watching the fourth DVD of A&E's Reilly: Ace of Spies series. It took four evenings, two hours at a time to get through it. Before I came up to check what is new on SDA I thought about how Stalin's henchmen had infiltrated our educational system and we see the results almost every day and includes this "People's Citizenship Guide".

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at February 24, 2012 12:14 AM

Education funding needs a 50% cut.

Posted by: Philanthropist at February 24, 2012 12:15 AM

Well, we can always drop these illustrious 'contributors' a note to let them know what we think of their wonderful little hackjob:

Posted by: Karthanon at February 24, 2012 12:26 AM

Alain writes: "It is amazing to see such profound ignorance from university professors."

Having been a university professor (and surrounded by other university professors) for over four decades, it is anything but amazing. It is exactly what I would expect. More disappointing is the hyping of this nonsense by the public relations people at the University of Manitoba. *That* is the reason that alumni/ae should cease sending cheques to the institution.

When my alma mater hired "progressive" professor Henry Giroux and Stephen Lewis, this could only have meant that they had far too much money already and didn't need another penny from me.

Posted by: Roseberry at February 24, 2012 12:34 AM

If you think this is bad, University of Winnipeg makes UofM look like Hillsdale College.

Posted by: marco at February 24, 2012 12:57 AM

Hey now. They want to sell books at only 14.95 ea. New immigrants don't read english so who is the target audience ? Even says in the header that "Our books lean left". Great sales strategy. If they had'nt pis5ed me off I would'nt have dreamed of buying the book. Now I just gotta read it.

Posted by: peterj at February 24, 2012 1:04 AM

Is this not the same cabal that dumped on some people a year or two ago?

Looking for it, just can't remember who was involved, remember that it was U of M wise guys.

What is it with the place? Do they have lack of quality drinking water or something?

Posted by: Lev at February 24, 2012 1:09 AM


I predict it will be less painfull if you just hand drill a hole in your head and scoop 2/3rds of your brain matter out.

Posted by: syncrodox at February 24, 2012 1:20 AM

peterj, I hope you'll take some advice from Abbie Hoffman. Don't buy the book, steal it.

Posted by: TimR at February 24, 2012 1:53 AM

I talked to an Indian today. That is going to University after a 27 year stint in the army.
He said we ought to quite fighting because now we have the same enemy that wants to colonize us all. You can guess who he means. It was a heartening chance meeting. Glad to see the Natives are starting to see where multiculturalism is heading.
He was just as happy when I told him that these folks are not immigrants, but plain invaders who want us dead.
Its time to become like the Saxons & Norman. Bury the hatchet than fight this tooth & nail to keep what we have.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at February 24, 2012 2:11 AM

I've found the perfect country for those who share the concerns of this group, it's called Mexico. Or if you want an English-speaking country that is dedicated to solidarity with the "people of the South" try California. Your rights will be expanding faster than you can dream them up.

Other choices you may wish to consider -- Syria, Somalia (no government at all) and China, no chance of whitey lording it over you there.

Posted by: Peter O'Donnell at February 24, 2012 4:58 AM

Its so awful here in the soul crushing worker exploiting industrial machine that you might think the authors would run screaming from the country, looking for a paradise to emigrate to.... say Venezuala, or if you are a back to nature freak, perhaps Haitit. And yet, they stick around in this wretched dump? Why might that be? Hypocrites.

Posted by: junior at February 24, 2012 6:16 AM

I just sent the following to these tits:

"I have just finished a quick review of your silly, childish, People's Citizenship Guide.

You forgot to mention one important thing: Canada (the country you so detest) is one of the very nations in the world where, not only are you allowed to heap criticism on the state, but in some cases (where ingratitude over-rides ethics) you can expect to get your salary susidized by the very same government that you ridicule.

You two would probably starve, if it wasn't for our governments.

Yours truly, etc..."

SDAers who wish to follow up with some thoughts of your own...

Posted by: Jamie MacMaster at February 24, 2012 7:26 AM

I won't argue with you on this one. These profs are a pack of losers. Harassing them by email is pretty tacky, though.

Posted by: Victim Toews at February 24, 2012 7:32 AM

Oh, no! Not 'tacky'. Woe is me.

Here I was thinking that the bracing effects of public censure and accountability were just what was needed! And all those other letters and emails I've sent to MPs, MPPs and others in the past about the wise and ethical use of my tax-dollars? Tacky too?

I'll never live this down! Here I was, thinking all along that I was living and breathing true participatory democracy.

Oh well...back to candlelight vigils, I guess.

Posted by: Jamie MacMaster at February 24, 2012 7:48 AM

Ever notice how like minded groups always insert the term 'People' into their organizations and publications. 'People's' Republic of China, Korea. 'Peoples' Guide, 'People's' History, etc etc.

Posted by: Greg at February 24, 2012 8:23 AM

Let me rewrite that story for you.

"The Canadian Leftist forms part of an unequal global political system, a system which, shape by the legacies of violence, continues to privilege certain protected groups over those of the average citizen."

"Leftists have a long history of repression, exclusion, and exploitation."

"You just comply to become a Canadian "Leftist" to disrupt any tradition in Canada. ... For many people, this process is a barrier to exercising their democratic rights."

Posted by: h2o273kk9 at February 24, 2012 8:43 AM

Geez, can we trade these arseholes for people who might actually appreciate living here?

Posted by: Thomas_L...... at February 24, 2012 9:10 AM

These profs do realize that the border works in both directions right? Nothing keeping them here in this country that they so obviously despise.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at February 24, 2012 9:12 AM

Personally I think the ivory tower academics should stay in their progressive tower, I have no desire to live in their loopy upside down world of insanity and over emotive feelings. There's a reason they call modern progressive liberalism a mental disorder.

Posted by: Rose at February 24, 2012 9:14 AM

It's called "feedback", Vic. Lefty academics are the most open-minded people in the world - just ask them - and they treasure dissenting points of view, so they'll be thrilled. Now, how closely were your parents related again?

Posted by: Black Mamba at February 24, 2012 9:28 AM

Black Mamba, lol, thank you for the morning laugh.

Greg,the next thing they will be talking about is "enemies of the people".

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at February 24, 2012 9:49 AM

@MND 11:24 pm
Not for nothing did Billy Ayers give up exploding bombs and march into the university classroom.


(As did his Weather Underground comrades Mark Rudd and Bernardine Dohrn.)

Posted by: Rizwan at February 24, 2012 10:26 AM

I bet they have a "nut" file just for your stuff.

Posted by: Victim Toews at February 24, 2012 8:12 AM .

Rather be in a nut file than no file at all.

Canada has far too many in the "I agree with what you're doing but not the way you're doing it" crowd.

Posted by: Jamie MacMaster at February 24, 2012 10:46 AM

I bet they have a "nut" file just for your stuff.

Posted by: Victim Toews at February 24, 2012 8:12 AM .

And, I might add, far better to be in a nut file than a nutless file.

Posted by: Jamie MacMaster at February 24, 2012 10:49 AM

If you don't like Canada, don't come here. Stay in crappystan. Is it really that hard?

Posted by: james at February 24, 2012 11:10 AM

Thankfully by allowing boat loads of criminals refuge status and a home to prey on Canadians for ever we can erase Canada's "long history of repression, exclusion, and exploitation."

Posted by: richfisher at February 24, 2012 12:27 PM