Friday, April 15, 2005


Mark Steyn.

Every week or so I get an e-mail along the following lines: “I was wondering if you could tell me what are the beliefs and philosophy of the Liberal Party of Canada.” It’s usually from a student of politics in America, Britain, New Zealand, India or Denmark, raising his eyes from the local scene and momentarily stunned into fascination by the dominance, unmatched in the free world, of the deranged Dominion’s ruling party. But that’s looking at it the wrong way. In a one-party state, the one party in power attracts not those interested in the party, but those interested in power. “Philosophy” hardly enters into it. For all the Grits’ invocation of “da Canadian values,” their most obvious feature is that there’s nothing especially Canadian about them: government health care, gun control, shrivelled defence budgets, radical secularism . . . This is the default mode of the post-1945 western world--from New Zealand to Scandinavia to blue-state America. In other words, much of this stuff--bloated welfare programs, abortion--would have happened anyway, as it did in Denmark and the Netherlands and Italy. It’s the generic Burger King menu of advanced western decadence, but Canadian Liberals keep trying to pass it off as mom’n’pop’s home-cooked specials.

In most one-party states, the party’s philosophy--Baathism, say--is an empty shell, an ideological veneer to dignify the ruling gang’s grip on power. In Canada, it seems to be the other way round--the ruling gang is the veneer and its hacks and opportunists and careerists are swept along by the turbulent ideological currents of the age. “Same-sex marriage” wasn’t “da Canadian value” five years ago, but it is now. Have so many members of the Liberal caucus dramatically revised their “deeply held personal beliefs” on the issue since the 2000 party convention? Unlikely. But gays are now the Quebecers of Canadian marriage, and the elimination of gender-specific words, like “husband,” “wife,” “father” and “mother,” from Ontario family law is merely the equivalent of putting French on the cornflakes packets in B.C. and Alberta. When you examine the Liberals’ deeply held personal beliefs, the only one that seems deeply held is that believing in anything is somehow vulgar and primitive: despite the billboards, the explicit rejection of the very concept of “heritage” in any meaningful sense is the only core Canadian value. The question isn’t what do Liberals believe in, but what don’t they believe in?

1 Comment:

darcey said...

points to the reason why they can become simply unholy