Precision of language is critical in government documents. Take the report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), which claimed “Indigenous women and girls now make up almost 25 percent of homicide victims.” Turns out the Statistics Canada report on which this claim was based indicates 25 percent of female homicide victims were Indigenous women, a much smaller number. If the MMIW report’s authors can’t even transcribe a simple government statistic, what business have they bandying about the charge of “genocide”? Hymie Rubinstein looks at historical examples of real genocides, reminding us that the abuse of language has consequences.
One of the really great things about Donald Trump, if you’re Justin Trudeau, is he makes you look so nice by comparison. Especially on immigration. It’s widely understood that Trump is banning Muslims and separating children from their parents and holding them in cages, while Trudeau is tweeting “Welcome to Canada” and deploring family separation. But the truth about “how we do things in Canada” ain’t so nice, writes Hymie Rubenstein, and by any fair current and historical comparison, the U.S. treats immigrants better than we do
In the beginning, Canada was good, pure, and peaceful. Then the Europeans came, and it all went to hell. This creation and fall story has been cribbed from Genesis to frame today’s powerful aboriginal grievance and entitlement narrative. Its authors are now suggesting that redemption lies in a return to indigenous utopia. But the devil’s in the historical details, writes Hymie Rubenstein, and he was just as busy in pre-Columbian Canada as anywhere else.
In the early days of identity politics the feminist movement lifted women to the top of the grievance and entitlement hierarchy. Over time, though, white females lost ground to competing victim groups. Now they’re just another oppressor lording their “white privilege” over real victims of social injustice. That’s why they dominate the teaching profession, according to a pair of University of Manitoba academics who led the charge for this year’s new minority entrance quotas at the faculty of education. U of M elder statesmen Hymie Rubenstein and Rodney Clifton fear this will make Manitoba’s already abysmal public education system even worse.
Polls suggest some 70 percent of Canadians believe Canada committed “cultural genocide” against its aboriginal peoples, principally through the Indian Residential Schools system. This idea has been accepted as fact by such eminent Canadians as Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and former Prime Minister Paul Martin, and especially by the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Canada’s new Liberal government believes it too, as evidenced by its promise to implement all 94 recommendations of the final report of the TRC. But is Canada truly guilty of a crime against humanity? Hymie Rubenstein and Rodney Clifton retry the case.