I am on a book hunt. More about that later. One of the books I recently bought was Faces of Canada. It was published in 1976 and is a compilation of one hundred articles about famous Canadians with an explanation of each person and their contribution to Canadian life. When I read it my heart ached for the nation I had come to love. As you may recall, I once wrote a post entitled “How I Came to Love Canada.” Response to that post was rapid and brisk. Many of you commented that you enjoyed it and agreed with it, some even commenting that it may have been my best effort so far. So why did my heart ache when I read Faces of Canada?
Heroes and Heroines
It ached precisely because there WERE so many great Canadians. Let me preface the remainder of this post by relating that I recently mentioned a Canadian hero named “Smoky” Smith to someone. They had no idea who he was. I couldn’t escape the feeling that Smith, born in New Westminster and winner of the Victoria Cross in World War Two, had been lost to history. He was well known when I was young, but seems to have faded into obscurity. Don’t count on our “Woke” overlords to revive his place in the nation’s history either. That’s not going to happen. Other Canadians featured in the book included Raymond Massey, John Diefenbaker, Jeanne Sauvé, Oscar Peterson, Hugh Garner, Foster Hewitt, Nancy Greene, Elaine Tanner, Irving Layton, Toller Cranston, Margaret Laurence and Farley Mowat. Recognize those names? Come on, you say, who wouldn’t? But that’s the whole point. They are bonafide Canadian heroes, but many Canadians these days wouldn’t even know who they are. In Faces of Canada they live.
A Deliberate Campaign
What happened? Why don’t we revere our heroes anymore? The answer to this is twofold: First, the actions of our enemies and secondly, Wokeism. I’ve never considered myself a conspiracy theorist, but you don’t need to be one to see what is happening. If you want to create a “post national state,” a non-Canada, the kind Justin Trudeau has pledged himself to, you have to destroy the real Canada, the solid, happy, prosperous, Judeo Christian, patriotic nation that once existed, and you have to destroy its history. It has taken a while to realize this, but I can now confidently state something I never would have stated before. The destruction of our history is happening with the blessing of government, state supported media and the education system. Their ultimate aim is to eradicate our legitimate history and replace it with one of their own making. One of the best ways to do that is to eliminate our nation’s heroes.
Fallen Statues and Forbidden Celebrations
It’s astonishing how successful they have been at this, and how complacent we have been in the face of it. Government and law enforcement are the worst culprits. While statues of our heroes are torn down by mobs and legislated out of existence, government and law enforcement look the other way. They fail to prosecute, or even criticize, the perpetrators of these criminal acts. Mission accomplished. Canada’s traditional heroes are removed from the public eye. And it isn’t just statues. Our stamps now feature obscure people no one recognizes. Our money is adorned with the faces of individuals few would know…except, of course, radical liberal progressives. Instead of our past heroes we now see the faces DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) want us to see. All hail the regime! Even our holidays have been nixed. Last year the Christmas light display on Parliament Hill was cancelled in the name of “inclusivity” a word that always signals bigotry and historical revisionism.
Who’s Really Important?
In the end, the Canadians in Faces of Canada are the ones who matter, not the obscure figures being pushed on us. Granted, it took a lot of courage for Viola Desmond, the woman currently featured on our ten dollar bill, to fight against the mores of her time, but that does not mean she deserves to replace Sir John A. Macdonald. Macdonald was infinitely more important. He was the man Richard Gwynn referred to as the “Nation Maker” an apt name for the architect of Canada. Desmond, or any other revisionist figure, simply can’t compare, nor can any of the other obscure figures the government, through the Royal Mint, Canada Post or the C.B.C. chooses to force on us. They all have their proper place in history, but not at the head of the line.
Fight For Your History!
Many of us now understand that something is wrong, and that we are pawns in a cultural revolution that may one day resemble the one China suffered through. It’s not hard to figure out. Much of it is being accomplished through “Cancel Culture” an unofficially approved policy for the elimination of our history and customs. We know this, because we see it and feel it every day. The examples are almost too numerous to mention: Cancelling Canada Day, forbidding Christmas decorations or the expression “Merry Christmas,” changing the names of schools, streets, universities and long-standing institutions, often with names no one can pronounce, eliminating Canadian traditional history from school curricula, changing the national anthem, stamps, money, and our national coat of arms, falsifying information about issues like the residential schools and so on. I could go on at length, but I won’t. You understand perfectly well. What many of us haven’t completely grasped, though, is that we must now fight for our nation and its history. Too many of us think it will magically continue if we do nothing. It won’t. We must fight to preserve it, and that is something we never thought we would ever have to do.
Arrows in Your Quiver
We need arrows in our quiver, things we can do to fight back against the cultural revolution we are experiencing. First, let’s save the symbols and historical resources of the nation. Collect old books about Canada, books no longer in print that tell the real story of Canada, books like Faces of Canada. Go to used books stores and buy them, then make a small collection that can grow with time. Don’t think of them as artifacts, think of them as pathways to the truth that can one day be shared when the cultural revolution is over. Collect old symbols of Canada, plates, pins, artwork, antiques that show what Canada was once like because, believe me, if the governmental agencies can tell us what pronouns to use, limit our access to information and condition our children then they are capable of anything. Become informed and write to your M.P.s and M.L.A.s. Complain loudly about the cultural revolution being forced on you. Above all, fight for Canada’s history. Preserve your past, because one day soon it may be the only way to preserve your future.