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(LifeSiteNews) — I’ve written frequently in this space on one of the great ironies of Canadian politics: that the most socially conservative communities — often Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu communities —  usually vote for the most radical, progressive politicians. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has, since coming to power in 2015, spearheaded an unprecedented and aggressive campaign of liberalization on virtually every social issue, undermining parental and religious rights with their “conversion therapy ban,” championing abortion at home and abroad, and pushing a euthanasia regime that is breathtakingly cruel in singling out the mentally ill, sick, and disabled.

But as I’ve noted several times, we may be seeing the beginnings of a backlash. The question, for socially conservative immigrant communities who wish to take advantage of Canada’s multicultural “live and let live” approach to integration has always been: How far is too far? The reality is that most of these communities were entirely content to allow the mainstream of Canadian culture surge leftward as long as it didn’t affect them. But the LGBT movement was never satisfied with their agenda being optional, and as LGBT curriculums become mandatory, Muslim parents are joining huge parental protests across the country while the progressive politicians who usually court their votes have been quiet.

Until now. A video of Trudeau attempting to assuage Muslim voters was recently released to Twitter by a freelance reporter, and it contains some very interesting tidbits:

“People on social media, particularly fueled by the American right-wing, are spreading a lot of untruths about what’s actually in the provincial curriculums,” Trudeau says to one Muslim man. This is a classic tactic — tap into good old-fashioned Canadian anti-Americanism as a way of deflecting from the argument at hand. Canada’s sex-ed curriculum is even more radical than most curriculums in the U.S., with gender ideology being taught, pornographic LGBT graphic novels like Gender Queer being made available to children, and the SOGI curriculum implementing this material into every single course to neutralize parental opt-out options. As I noted last week, LGBT activists are trying to get the opt-out option for Drag Queen Story Time removed from the Toronto District School Board to make it mandatory for kids.

“They are weaponizing the issue of LGBT, which is something that yes, Islam has strong opinions on,” Trudeau went on. “There is not, what is being said out there, about aggressive teaching of conversion of kids to being LGBT. That is something that is being weaponized by people who are not doing it because of their interest in supporting the Muslim community.” Of course, when children are taught in kindergarten that there are many genders and sexual identities and that they are free to choose whichever one they wish, that is, to many social conservatives, indoctrinating children with a worldview and deliberately confusing them.

But when pushed on the issue, Trudeau was deliberately evasive (probably knowing he was being recorded, but also knowing that if he affirmed their concerns too strongly, he would face backlash from LGBT activists). “I heard this concern many, many, times and I know that it is a very real issue,” he said with empathy that he would never give to a Christian questioner. “First of all, there is an awful lot of misinformation and disinformation out there.” This appears to be his primary tactic — claiming that parents are mistaken in their concerns. He also not so subtly shifted responsibility: “The federal government doesn’t control what’s taught in the schools — that’s the provincial government that controls what’s taught in schools. That’s not something that’s on the federal government.”

“But at the same time, the federal government is unequivocal about standing for everybody’s rights and freedoms,” Trudeau continued. “And the highest expression of parental rights is the safety and well-being of the child. Your concern with the community is broadly the safety, the well-being of the child. I entirely understand that. The one thing that is really, really important in Canada is that we’re a place that stands up for everybody’s rights. And certainly when it comes to the Muslim community, we were the government that pushed back against the Conservatives that, you know, made a political campaign against the niqab, that brought in a snitch line against Muslims, you know the Islamophobia pushed by the previous Conservative government in a whole bunch of different ways was something we all stood against.”

Trudeau added, “This government is and will always be the strongest ally to minority communities, including particularly Muslims who have faced terrible violence and when you look at the black Muslim women in Edmonton who were attacked, that is one of Islamophobia that we absolutely have to stand against. The issue is that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects your religion, gives you freedom of religion, that allows you to fully participate in the society that gives you all the protections protects all minorities as well. It’s not a buffet. You can’t pick the protections you want out of the Charter and leave others aside. Standing up for people’s rights means standing up for everybody’s rights.”

It’s a clever tactic. Trudeau is trying to lump those standing for parental rights with “Islamophobia,” and insisting that the Muslim community are only safe voting for his party — while also noting that provincial curriculums are not his jurisdiction. He has redefined parental rights, and his promises to them — reiterated several times — that he will stand up for their rights no matter obviously does not include the right to pass their values on to their children without interference from state schools that are increasingly making recently invented ideologies mandatory. Muslim immigrants didn’t have to worry about gender ideology being taught to their kids 15 years ago. Now they do. Trudeau doesn’t explain what changed.

He then inadvertently highlighted the Liberal strategy when it comes to mass immigration from more traditional countries: worldview assimilation. He attempted to bond with his interlocutor, referring to LGBT rights and then saying, “I know your parents’ generation might have a little more uncertainty about that. And that’s where this generation and your kids’ generation can show, you know, that you are the … look, what comes from the responsibility that comes with being in a free country, that stands up for everyone’s rights is that we will stand up for everyone’s rights.”

In other words, Muslim families immigrate. Muslim kids go to state schools. Those state schools teach them new values, values that differ from those of their parents. The “new generation” rejects the values of the old. Trudeau’s right — that is what is happening. That’s also precisely what the parents are protesting in the first place. At several events, Trudeau has faced chants of “Leave our kids alone!” Eventually, he may be forced to do just that — or lose voters he has always assumed were an unshakable part of his coalition.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.

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