By Nathan Barton
The legacy of the now-dead British Empire has four great stars. Australia and New Zealand, the Fifty States, and Canada. (I’ll leave the subject of the Fifty States for some future commentary.) Yet, today, the great British experiment of Canada is on the verge of collapse. To the benefit of greater liberty.
Not considering the history of the Dominion in any great detail, let us look at the current situation, where dynast and social-justice warrior Justin Trudeau has gotten the Queen to dissolve Parliament and have a new election on 21 October 2019: six weeks away. Although his party, the “Liberals” has a 184 to 154 majority in the House of Commons, he has managed to mess up badly since 2015 and faces growing opposition and discontent. His “sunny” Canadians are not so sunny right now. Of course, that 154 opponents are divided among four parties, but what is more significant is where the support is.
I suspect he is calling the election now rather than waiting because he expects opposition to get worse, not better. Even so, he faces a “tough campaign.”
Canada, you see, if really NOT a unified nation in any way. Geopolitically, it is actually five countries barely confederated together: British Columbia, the Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba), Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces (Prince Edwards Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador) separated from each other by culture, geography, history, and politics.
Quebec has come close to seceding more than once, since its confederation with Ontario was forced and fits poorly. Right now, it is at least partially kept from seceding by massive subsidies provided by heavy amounts of tax (theft) from everyone else. Especially Ontario and Alberta. Alberta has a stronger secession (and republican/anti-monarchy) movement than either California or Texas. And all five parts of Canada have closer economic (and perhaps social and cultural ties) to various of the Fifty States than they do with each other.
Trudeau, like his father before him, does not like the FIfty States or the FedGov in DC. And he (and his fellow Liberals) seem to hate Trump as much as Pelosi, Reid, or Ocasio-Cortez. But that is not enough to get the swing votes to support four or five more years of Liberal economics, “science” and diversity.
Canada has problems with its neighbor, of course, but also in dealing with Europe (with or with Brexit) and the Pacific nations. Manitoba and Saskatchewan are currently being hard hit by a virtual elimination of sales of soybeans to China this year, despite not being part of Trump’s trade war, and seem to blame Ottawa and a diplomatic tiff with Beijing. Even the “conservative” parts of Canada are generally more to the left than American conservatives are. But the Courts’ riding roughshod over the liberties of Canadians are both frustrating, and rapidly becoming intolerable. As in the Fifty States, political correctness overrides freedom of speech and other liberties, and safety and security also impede freedom for many.
And worse, time and demographics are against them. Canadians, like the Japanese and Europeans, seem to have forgotten how to have babies. Only immigration – especially from other British Commonwealth nations – keeps Canada from declining in population, and having its economy turned upside down. (This might not have happened if the Regressive and Tranzi Americans who had sworn to move to Canada, if first Bush II and then Trump won the White House, had really done so.)
Canada as a whole – despite its close ties to the Fifty States – is in many ways an anacronism. Canada never declared independence from Great Britain. It was granted more and more self-government by Parliament in London. Indeed, many of its anglophone subjects are descended from Loyalists who fled the Thirteen States because they considered themselves Englishmen. While portrayed as a “kinder, gentler” version of the American union to the south, it has had its share of tyrannical government, rebellions suppressed harshly, and warmongering. No matter how much they pretend otherwise. Much of that reputation is based on a single episode of history: Canada did NOT honor its alliance with DC during the American-Vietnam War, and was a haven for draft-dodgers.
But in 2019, Canada is as much a part of the American empire as is Great Britain or Australia. It is one of many things tearing the Dominion apart. Many of the political issues are similar to south of the border: homosexual priviledge (or rights), abortion, free speech, government medical care, and the like. As I noted earlier, Canadians on average are more “Progressive” than their cousins. Just not as far to the left (and to being full-pledged Tranzis) as Trudeau wants (and had hoped, after his surprise victory in 2015).
Matters have grown more divisive since 2015, I think. And if the vote (currently neck and neck between Trudeau and his Conservative opponent, Andrew Sheer) goes again to Trudeau, there is a serious possibility of Alberta (and probably Saskatchewan and Manitoba) exercising their Constitutional right of secession. Almost certainly quickly entering into some kind of free association with DC, like the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Pelau. BC may have little choice after that, and Quebec may soon follow, as they will no longer have as much of the rest of the Dominion to feed on parasitically.
If this does happen, perhaps more than anything else, it will demonstrate that the British Empire is as dead as the Roman or Babylonian Empires.
But I dare say that (former) Canadians will have more liberty and greater freedom.