Analysis What a real debate about Canadian values would look like


The phrase “Canadian values” is the slipperiest euphemism in this country’s political vocabulary.

In the past two months, the phrase has been appropriated — chiefly by the Conservatives but also by the other parties — and brandished at the head of the partisan parades.

It’s been, at times, a savage discursive accelerant; probably more so than in any previous campaign.

Mind you, Canadians still haven’t arrived at the simplistically vicious world of American politics, where “Vote your values” has served as code for imposing a fundamentalist religious vision on the nation.

Or where a serious presidential candidate like Republican Ben Carson can raise millions and invigorate his campaign by openly stating that a Muslim shouldn’t be president.


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