Musings —09.09.2011 05:06 PM—
TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ – The Ontario PC’s moral downward spiral accelerated this afternoon with the publication of a stunning news report by Metroland Media Group in which far-right Carleton Mississippi Mills PC candidate Jack MacLaren stated that he was in politics to fight for his “culture.”
MacLaren says in the report, posted to YourOttawaRegion.com: “All across the Western world, countries are willing to stand up a little more. I am willing to fight for my culture and heritage…”
MacLaren went on to state that it was “fair” to compare the rightward movement of Hudak’s PC’s to the U.S.-based, far-right Tea Party movement.
The report about MacLaren did not make clear which “culture” MacLaren is seeking to protect. However, MacLaren and PC MPP Randy Hillier were founders of the Ontario Landowners’ Association (OLA), a fringe group long associated with inflammatory intolerance. For example, the OLA’s manifesto opposed support for what it called “Native, Arts, Homosexual, Urban and Multi cultures.”
The rightward movement of the Ontario PCs, and the presence of OLA extremists, has even led to Hudak’s party being criticized by former PC leader Ernie Eves, who recently denounced his party for becoming the “Tea Party version of Ontario politics.”
Which “culture” is MacLaren and his like-minded Conservatives fighting for? Does Tim Hudak agree a “culture war” is indeed underway? Are Hudak’s attacks on what he has called “foreigners” part of it?