Premier in war on Wynnophobia

The screams from Westminster Bridge have barely died down and the Wynne government is already lecturing us on racism and Islamophobia.

“We know that hate continues to spread,” reads a joint sermon from two of her ministers hours after the U.K. terror attack, “even in the most diverse regions of our province.”

Good lord, what is it, a virus?

C’mon!

To hear Kathleen Wynne and Co. tell it, Ontarians are at each other’s throats. We are divided into “racialized” camps and seething with hate. She thinks we need to be smacked upside the head, crowned with a dunce cap and set straight by our moral superiors at Queen’s Park.

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel insulted.

The joint declaration is from Mitzi Hunter, Wynne’s education minister, and Michael Coteau, the children and youth services minister who’s responsible for anti-racism.

Yes, poor, wretchedly ignorant reader, we Ontarians are now so infected with slobbering bigotry, Wynne has designated a minister to find a cure.

Coteau heads Wynne’s fledgling three-year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan, code named A Better Way Forward.

“This is a whole-of-government approach,” says Thursday’s declaration from him and Hunter, “to combat systemic racism, with specific targets to address Islamophobia.”

Well, their timing sucks. An Islunatic just drove his car into pedestrians on a bridge in London and came out swinging a knife, killing three innocents and injuring 40.

True, not good PR for Islam, but we are all mature enough not to connect that nutbar with every Torontonian in a hijab. So QUIT TRYING TO MAKE US, MS. WYNNE!

I swear, she deliberately pits us against each other, perhaps to distract us from her government’s many scams and scandals.

If she keeps calling us racists often enough, pretty soon you’re going to think, “Jeez, she’s our leader, she must be right. Maybe I better start telling Newfie jokes again.”

Lest her moralizing slip our mind, she’s even launched an annual racism-busting convention, starting this fall, to make sure we all feel extra guilty at least once a year.

“We must … stay vigilant in our fight against intolerance,” she preaches in her intro to the three-year plan.

“Whether through direct acts or subtle and implicit biases, it impacts families in every corner of our province.”

Well, does it? Look around.

I’m no Pollyanna, and no society is perfect, and of course there are idiots, but in my experience, Ontarians are a damn tolerant and tolerable lot. The only pitchforks I see are in farm country during hay season.

Hey, premier, we’re all just trying to get along and get by, despite all your experiments in social engineering. We’re trying to raise kids, eat steak once in a while, or go south for a holiday.

I’ve had white neighbours, Asian neighbours, black neighbours and gay neighbours and I’ve felt far more hatred from Habs fans.

The bicycle lobby pipes up: “What about us, Strobel? You HATE us. We’re telling Ms. Wynne.”

Codswallop! Cyclists aren’t a race, creed or religion. They’re a cult.

But back to the real world.

Why is the Wynne government inventing terrible tensions between us. We haven’t seen the likes since 1990s premier Bob Rae ran a government job ad that declared white men need not apply. You remember how divisive and counterproductive that was.

A cynic might ask: Is Wynne diverting our gaze from stories that threaten her hold on power among all Ontarians — colour-blind issues from taxes to boondoggles to hydro bills that have sunk her approval rating.

Perhaps what she’s really trying to combat is Wynnophobia.

Strobel’s column usually runs Monday to Friday. mstrobel@postmedia.com

Toronto Sun by Mike Strobel

March 23rd 2017

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