Scott Brison decries 'Conservative
revisionist history of Canada'
Jason Kenney and his fellow Conservatives can’t resist twisting Canadian values to reflect their ideological position on same-sex marriage and equality, Scott Brison says.
The Nova Scotia Liberal MP is referring to the Canadian citizenship guide that he describes as “Conservative revisionist history of Canada” penned by the Citizenship and Immigration Minister. The guide is aimed at foreigners studying and applying to become Canadian citizens.
“It is offensive that at the most senior political levels a minister and his staff would intervene to expunge the most socially progressive parts,” Mr. Brison said.
Missing from the guide are any references to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada. The omission provoked outrage yesterday when it was revealed by The Canadian Press that Mr. Kenney had mention of the 2005 decision excised from an early draft, along with sections noting homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969 and that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The Tories are fighting back hard, however, noting that some former Liberal leaders did not play glorious roles in Canadian history, such as during the sponsorship scandal and the war-time internment of Japanese Canadians. Neither event is mentioned Discover Canada, which was released in November.
“The Liberals need to stop trying to politicize the guide,” Mr. Kenney’s spokesman, Alykhan Velshi, told The Globe.
“Brison shouldn’t ask for a guide on Canadian citizenship to really be a guide about the Liberal Party’s role in Canadian history, because then we’d have to mention of MacKenzie King’s rejection of Jewish refugees escaping Nazi persecution or endorsement of Japanese internment, or Pierre Trudeau’s adoption of martial law, or the Liberal sponsorship scandal from the government of which he was a part.”