Cancel culture is alive and well in “progressive” Canada. If you don’t like something, try to terminate the company, the individual, the contract, anything you can do to force diversity through uniformity!
That’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it? The people who proclaim their love of diversity cannot stand the idea of anyone thinking differently than them and so try to use their weight to impose a unified worldview.
The most recent example is the furore over Pierre Poilievre’s brief speech over the public address system at the end of the Conservative Party conference on a WestJet flight from Quebec City to Calgary. The flight was added by WestJet specifically to accommodate the large number of people traveling from Western Canada to Quebec City for the Conservative Party conference.
This was pretty close to a Conservative Party charter flight.
Poilievre stood with permission from the company and the flight crew and gave a 45-second speech to the passengers, most if not all of whom were supporters. This drove liberals online crazy, claiming that this compromised security, that it was reckless, that this happened the day before 9/11, that this was proof the airline was biased.
Former singer Jann Arden threatened a boycott of WestJet, which I think would be more of a bonus, even a marketing opportunity, than a detriment. Think about it: WestJet ads with the slogan: “On-time flights and no Jann Arden, fly WestJet.”
The company was clearly feeling the pressure and CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech felt he had to make a statement.
“This flight was added specifically to meet demand for the CPC convention and was largely filled with their delegates. The party leader was given the opportunity to welcome the delegates on board (which is not unusual), but this was not a political endorsement and should not be interpreted as such. We are impartial by nature and will reconsider our policy on this,” he said in a post to X.com.
This is unlikely to satisfy those who are angry at all. Poilievre was allowed to get on a plane from the start.
These people have no problem with Justin Trudeau doing the same thing on a TTC subway train a few weeks ago or with Omar Alghabra doing the horsepower for an announcement on a Via train. It’s Poilievre and the fact that he’s a conservative they can’t stand; It has nothing to do with security or anything else.
This is not the first time that Poilievre has been targeted because of his dealings with or association with a company. During the Conservative leadership race, Steam Whistle Brewing was hit with boycott threats after Poilievre rented out one of their rooms to host an event.
The rooms are available for rent to anyone and have been rented to political parties of all stripes for years. But Poilievre’s presence sparked boycott threats.
In response, a few days later, Poilievre gave a shout-out to a Niagara craft brewery, which was then flooded with people threatening to stop buying their products unless they distanced themselves from Poilievre.
It’s not just elected officials or conservatives who receive this treatment.
A group of activists, backed by Hollywood types like Mark Ruffalo, are trying to force the Toronto International Film Festival to sever its relationship with Royal Bank. Their criticism is that RBC is doing business in and with the oil sands, which jetsetters like Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Joaquin Phoenix would like to stop.
TIFF just lost Bell as a major sponsor, RBC may be their next largest backer with a 16-year relationship, but chances are the film festival will cave to the mob and stop doing business with RBC. This is how so-called “progressives” act, bending over backwards, threatening and demanding that everyone behave the way they do, otherwise bad things will happen.
The mafia is more honest than this bunch.
But don’t claim that cancel culture is real or a problem, because they might try to cancel you, your bank will drop you, or you’ll get fired.
This is how they work, spreading their gospel of diversity while enforcing uniformity.
https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/progressive-cancel-culture-strikes-out-again-at-poilievre Progressive cancel culture strikes again with attacks on Poilievre