Vicky Mochama

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - CANADA -

While Heather Heyer was killed by a white su­prem­a­cist, Rebel Me­dia con­trib­u­tor Faith Goldy was stream­ing live from the demon­stra­tion. For those who’d looked away from The Rebel’s ra­cial ap­peals, Goldy’s breath­less nar­ra­tion in favour of the white na­tion­al­ists made it hard to un­see.

It should not have taken a racist march and a white woman’s death for the fed­eral Con­ser­va­tive party to dis­tance it­self from The Rebel. It’s un­for­tu­nate that the party has been more than will­ing to stoke fears and look away from those within its ranks who would.

From the dog whis­tle of the Bar­baric Cul­tural Prac­tices Act to the Is­lam­o­pho­bic niqab ban of the last fed­eral elec­tion, there is clearly a pow­er­ful cor­ro­sive ele­ment within the party.

It hasn’t al­ways been there. Dig­ging through the Toronto Star ar­chives, I found a story that sur­prised me.

In 1986, an­swer­ing a call-in ra­dio show ques­tion about a white-su­prem­a­cist group try­ing to es­tab­lish a camp in Al­berta, then-prime min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney said:

“I’m aware of strains of anti-Semitism that come from Al­berta and else­where... I tell you that racism and anti-Semitism will be re­sisted with all of the vigor that I per­son­ally, as Prime Min­is­ter, can sum­mon ... This is the bane of the ex­is­tence of a civ­i­lized so­ci­ety.”

It is a stun­ning and pre­cise in­dict­ment of hate.

Con­trast it to Con­ser­va­tive leader An­drew Scheer’s com­ments The Rebel after the events in Char­lottesville:

“I’ve got a pos­i­tive vi­sion [and] I want to get that pos­i­tive vi­sion out in a pos­i­tive way and talk to peo­ple in a way that talks about is­sues and brings peo­ple to­gether. So as long as the edi­to­rial di­rec­tion of that par­tic­u­lar in­sti­tu­tion re­mains as it is, I won’t be grant­ing those types of in­ter­views.”

Thirty years ago, the leader of the party and leader of the coun­try was un­equiv­o­cal: Mul­roney was will­ing to colum­nist. is Metro’s na­tional

JIM RUS­SELL TORSTAR NEWS SER­VICE

Then-prime min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney speak­ing in 1986.

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