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Conservative Leader’s Ejection Sparks Debate Over Double Standards and Diagolon

by Joseph Enslow
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“Whacko” vs. “White Supremacy”: Dissecting the Discourse in the House of Commons

In recent parliamentary sessions, the House of Commons has become a battleground of rhetoric, with words like “white supremacy,” “anarchy,” “white nationalist,” and “misogyny” echoing through its walls. Yet, amidst these potent accusations, it was Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre’s use of the word “whacko” that precipitated a major upheaval, leading to his ejection by Liberal Speaker Greg Fergus. This incident raises questions about the balance of parliamentary language and the role of the Speaker in maintaining decorum.

The drama unfolded after a video surfaced showing the Leader of the Opposition, Pierre Poilievre, near a group of roadside protestors. Notably, their RV displayed a small symbol of Diagolon, which the RCMP describes as a “meme-based and satirical movement.” Despite this seemingly innocuous connection, the Liberal party launched a series of scathing verbal attacks against Poilievre, questioning his associations and integrity.

On April 29th, Liberal MP Steven Mackinnon made bold claims against Poilievre in the Commons: “Mr. Speaker, last week we saw the Leader of the Opposition once again encourage supporters of white supremacy, Anarchy, and misogyny.” These remarks, allowed without intervention from Speaker Fergus, set a confrontational tone early in the session.

On April 30th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intensified the critique, targeting Poilievre’s alleged affiliations: “Mr. Speaker, the leader of the opposition continues to court extreme right nationalist groups like Diagolon… He refuses to denounce these extremists who don’t believe Canadians should coexist with each other.”

Who or what is Diagolon? Despite Trudeau’s assertions, RCMP documents describe Diagolon as a “meme-based and satirical movement,” which contradicts the grave descriptions offered by the Liberals. This discrepancy underscores a potential mischaracterization used to paint Poilievre in a negative light, particularly given the non-threatening nature of Diagolon as recognized by national security assessments. The RCMP specifically stated that “Diagolon does not pose a criminal or national security threat.” This was revealed during the controversy of the Liberal government using Canada’s Anti-Hate network which used memes and social media posts as a basis to enact the Emergencies Act, freezing bank accounts and arresting protestors.

(Statement From Jeremy Mackenzie – De facto leader of Diagolon)

As the session progressed, Conservative MP Rachael Thomas responded to the increasingly harsh rhetoric aimed at the Leader of the Opposition and the Speaker’s allowance of such language. She declared, “The chair is acting in a disgraceful manner.” Taking offence at this criticism, Speaker Greg Fergus promptly ejected Thomas from the House.

In further response to the attacks, Poilievre defended his position and criticized Trudeau’s policies, which he labelled as extremist: “Mr. Speaker, I always condemn extremism and racism, including from the guy who spent the first half of his adult life as a practicing racist, dressing up in hideous racist costumes so many times in his life he can’t remember.”

However, it was Poilievre’s next comment that led to his ejection: “Mr. Speaker, it is a choice for him to implement extremist policies that have taken the lives of 2,500 British Columbians every single year,” referring to Trudeau’s drug policies as “whacko.” Liberal speaker Fergus immediately called this language unacceptable and, following a refusal to retract the word without a substitute, ejected Poilievre from the House.

In the aftermath, Liberal MP Steven Mackinnon addressed the media, doubling down on his severe critique of Conservative rhetoric. “You have a leader of the opposition who proactively visits and cultivates the support of a white nationalist extremist group,” Mackinnon claimed, casting the Conservative rebuttal as extremist and disrespectful to parliamentary institutions. This statement, steeped in irony, came despite RCMP clarifications that Diagolon is merely a satirical and meme-based group, posing no real threat.

(Statement From Steven Mackinnon for press after the question period)

These incidents vividly showcase the stark partisan divides and call for a critical reassessment of what constitutes acceptable parliamentary discourse. The indulgence of severe language by Liberals, contrasted with the punitive reaction to the word ‘whacko’ used by Poilievre, paints a troubling picture of double standards. Such selective enforcement of decorum, especially under the watch of a Liberal speaker, smacks of bias and reduces the House of Commons to a playground of finger-pointing and fire-stoking, where rules bend based on political alignment. This troubling dynamic threatens the very fabric of perceived neutrality and fairness in Canada’s esteemed parliamentary system.

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