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Heckling is what Canadian MPs do best

by Judi McLeod

November 17, 2004

It’s too bad Prime Minister Paul Martin doesn’t get to read the legions of letters that pour into Canada Free Press from angry Americans, fed up with the barrage of anti-American sentiment emanating from that heckling country next door.

But it’s unlikely Martin even gets to read his meeting agendas, surrounded as he is by minions more interested in seeing that he always tows the politically correct line on which his nation has come to lean so heavily.

You can depend that Martin reads every line that comes out of the prolific, politically correct United Nations. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s second in command deputy, Maurice Strong is first in command in foggy Ottawa, where he maintains senior advisor duty to Martin.

How typically Canadian that President George W. Bush is expected to be heckled by government backbenchers on his first two-day official trip to Ottawa, starting November 30.

That’s what Liberal (and some New Democrat) MPs do best, heckle. They’re-envious-of-U.S.-to-the-core-Canadian. Not quite brave enough to commit themselves upfront to the fight against global terrorism, better to hide in the background, home of the anonymous heckle.

Nor does wild popularity stem Canadian politicians from resorting to the heckle. Former New Democratic Party MP Svend Robinson heckled then-President Ronald Reagan during his 1987 address to Parliament.

No one heckled Robinson last year when he was caught red-handed pinching an expensive ring for his lover. They laughed outright.

Everyone knows about American-bashing backbencher MP Carolyn Parrish, who admits she was a Palestine activist long before ever being elected as a Canadian MP. "Bastards", "idiots" are Parrish’s two now infamous descriptions of Americans. Diplomatic flu is likely to keep the mean-mouthed backbencher away if the ruling Canadian government, of which she is a member elects to allow President Bush to address Parliament on his visit.

Pacifist, politically correct Canadian Liberalism is even beginning to leach over to the Opposition ranks.

How else to explain Conservative defence critic Gordon O’Connor, who says of prospective protesters gathering on Parliament Hill during the Bush visit: "Let the protesters go. Let them have their day as long as there is no violence."

Primary among the reasons why there has been no terrorist violence in the Land of the Maple Leaf is the one keeping Canadians safe because of their proximity to the courageous, stand-up-to-terrorism Americans next door.

O’Connor’s theory of seeing and hearing Bush face to face so that "maybe those people who demonize him might see that he’s a human being like everybody else," is a lot like saying that soldiers are people too.

But the National Post’s Mike Blanchfield is right out in left field on his description of anti-American sentiment on November 17th’s front-page: "Opposition leaders also said they would like Mr. Bush to deliver an official address, but that could expose the 43rd U.S. President and his hosts to an embarrassing round of heckling because he is unpopular not only among Canadians in general but among MPs, including some Liberal backbenchers."

That’s a crock, Mr. Blanchfield. George W. Bush is not unpopular among Canadians in general. He is unpopular with the UN-touting, politically correct, moving toward Godless and downright cowardly Canadian Liberal government.

Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on, Drudge Report,, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]

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