618 – The Anglosphere and Western Culture with Guest Salim Mansur

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Aug 152019
 

Anglosphere

National Post columnist Conrad Black has suggested that U.S. president Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will work together to “strengthen the Anglosphere, the most positive force in world affairs for 200 years.” It’s an effort supported by our guest Salim Mansur (professor emeritus of political science at Western University) who joins us to offer his insights to the multi-dimensional aspects of this ‘positive force’ in a way rarely understood or appreciated.

Are the values of the Anglosphere the same as Western values? Many might answer this question in the affirmative, but the comparison is not as straightforward as one might expect.

While many nations not part of the Anglosphere have indeed become westernized, it would be a mistake to conclude that these nations now share similar cultures or values. Understanding how these differences impact on the controversial issues of culture and multiculturalism goes a long way towards discovering a solution to many problems facing a so-called ‘multi-cultural’ West.

From the origins of a unique British-American relationship, to the impacting events of recent Western history, Salim guides us on a historical path rarely traveled. He paints the picture that identifies multiculturalism as a central force driving a myriad of contemporary political issues including: immigration and migration, climate change, media censorship, sexuality and gender, and of course, the threat of socialism and communism.

With the continued ascendancy of the Left in the West, any efforts to strengthen the Anglosphere have a long way to go before things turn in the direction that is Just Right; they will demand an eternal vigilance throughout the rest of a history yet to be written.

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Jul 042019
 

Citizenship oath in a niqab

It is fitting that during a week in which both Canada and the United States have celebrated their nationhood, that the very nature of what it means to ‘be’ a nation is our topic of discussion. Can a nation with ‘open borders’ still be considered a nation? Can a nation that has incompatible cultures within its borders still be considered a nation?

Dr. Salim Mansur, professor emeritus of political science at Western University, whose outspoken opinions on this issue are considered ‘politically incorrect,’ nevertheless offers a politically incorrect prescription that he believes would reverse the growing cultural divide created by ‘multi-culturalism’: Assimilate!

Given North America’s successful history of cultural integration and assimilation into what has been called the ‘melting pot’, Canada’s about-turn in 1967 represented a cultural regression that would undo the hard won positive results that defined its first hundred years as a true nation. Continue reading »

608 – Rule by regulation – A road to tyranny

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May 162019
 

Three Stooges

Early in his administration, U.S. president Donald Trump proposed that each new regulation created by law should be matched by the elimination of two previously existing regulations. While this represents a positive move in the right direction, it barely addresses the tip of the iceberg with regard to all the unnecessary and counterproductive regulations that need to be eliminated.

No matter how well intentioned a given law may be, the regulations created to administer that law more frequently than not turn into the proverbial ‘devil in the details,’ reaching a point where the consequences of the regulation are often worse than the problem originally thought solved.

Even when regulations reach a point where their consequences are contrary to the intended purpose of the original law on which they were based, there is little recourse available to those harmed by the regulation, since no one can be held effectively accountable. One cannot reason or argue with administrators or bureaucrats when, ironically, they merely cite legislation as their justification for doing almost anything that they interpret as falling within the purview of their authority.

Under the principle of the ‘Rule of Law,’ politicians and citizen representatives can be held accountable for the consequences. Under ‘Rule by Regulation,’ there is little such accountability. Continue reading »

Canada’s Tuesday Night Massacre – The SNC-Lavalin backstory – Salim Mansur

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Apr 122019
 

On Tuesday, April 2th, 2019 former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and former President of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott were kicked out of the Liberal Party Caucus by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in what Salim Mansur, Professor Emeritus of Western University is calling Canada’s “Tuesday Night Massacre.”

Here Salim delves deeper into the backstory of the SNC-Lavalin scandal suggesting that Wilson-Raybould was right in refusing to grant a Deferred Prosecution Agreement to the Quebec engineering giant for alleged bribes to Libyan officials speculating on possible ‘grim’ consequences from said bribes.

Prof. Mansur explains that Justin Trudeau and his coterie were breaking hundreds of years old traditions by allegedly attempting to interfere in the administration of justice.

602 – SNC-Lavalin and the rule of law – With Salim Mansur

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Apr 042019
 

Justin Trudeau, Jody Wilson-Raybould

Does Canada operate under the ‘rule of law’ or under the ‘rule of Trudeau’ and political expediency? As Canadians find themselves drowning in details about the scandal involving Quebec construction giant SNC-Lavalin, the correct answer to that question may depend on the greater story that has yet to be seen in its full context.

Most people quite correctly understand that the controversy involves alleged political interference and obstruction of justice by the Prime Minister’s office concerning a criminal prosecution case against SNC-Lavalin. But few seem aware of the original circumstances that led to the decision to prosecute the company against the wishes of Prime Minister Trudeau in the first place.

It appears that many have come to cynically conclude it’s just another ‘business-as-usual’ case of bribery and corruption so often encountered when dealing with totalitarian regimes. (In this case, the totalitarian regime in question was the country of Libya during the final days of the period when Muammar Gaddafi was its president.) Not so, says Dr Salim Mansur, professor emeritus, faculty of social science at Western University. Continue reading »

Video – The multicultural lie – Salim Mansur

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Feb 052019
 

“All cultures are not equal. Never have been.

“The cultures of the Taliban, the cultures of the Bedouin and nomads of North Africa or Sahara or Arabian desert, the culture that accepts female genital mutilation or promotes polygamy is not a culture that is equal to a culture that is based upon the rights of individuals, freedom, the culture that has landed man on the moon, that has decoded the DNA.”

Salim Mansur, Professor Emeritus of Western University, takes us on a trip through Canadian history to show how Canada has gone from being a nation founded on the uniquely Western values of individual rights and freedom to a country without a “core identity” as Justin Trudeau has so proudly crowed.

Salim begins at the beginning with the BNA Act, proceeds to the Bilingualism and Bicultural Commission of 1967, the Air India bombing of 1985, the ethnic silos in our major cities, and ends with the impending appeasement of the Muslim community as they come to this country by the tens of thousands demanding that Canada accommodate their backward culture.

The result is a country made up not of individuals but of groups and ethnic tribes competing for political influence and power. A country of rudderless political parties willing to sell the country’s soul to get the favour of hyphenated Canadians and, most importantly, their votes. The worst culprit has been the Liberal Party of Canada beginning with Pierre Trudeau and coming full circle with his son, Justin.

Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada have accelerated Canada’s decline as a once-proud country to become, as Trudeau has claimed, the first “post-national state.” In his rush to follow in his father’s footsteps he has subjected us to increased acts of terrorism, a complete disregard for immigration laws as evidenced by those crossing the border illegally and being met with open-arms, and a cultural shift away from individual freedom and towards ethnic conflict and Sharia.

DMS 044 – The Qur’an problem and Islamism

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Jan 202019
 

Two recent events, the swearing-in of an American congresswoman on the Quran, and the formation of the Islamist Party of Ontario, have generated numerous conversations about the ultimate meaning and significance of each. Danielle and Robert discover that they have a difference of opinion in that regard.

Citing distinctions between the Qur’an, Islamism, and Sharia Law, Robert suggests that swearing an oath on a document that one personally values is acceptable, since it affirms the ‘veracity’ of the oath. And, he suggests, political Islamists would prefer to run for a party like the Liberal Party, as they already have – not for an ‘Islamist’ Party of Ontario.

In contrast, Danielle argues that the book or document upon which someone swears an oath should represent a set of values shared by the body to which an allegiance is being sworn. She objects to swearing an oath on a book that represents the ‘antithesis’ of what it is supposed to uphold. And, she fears, a party like the Islamist party may have a larger constituency than some expect.

Whatever one’s views on the significance of these developing events, it’s simply not possible to picture any compromise between the basic tenets of the Qur’an, Islamism or Sharia Law – theocracy – and a free society that could ever be Just Right.