Straight Talk
BRIAN LILLEY - ‘Racist’ label simple case of bullying

BRIAN LILLEY | QMI AGENCY

Once upon a time unions really did employ goons to go out and enforce their wishes on members who might stray from the official line.

Judging by his actions lately, Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan appears to be looking back with wistful nostalgia.

Ryan spent part of last week promoting a protest march in front of the Sun Media buildings in Toronto to protest the coverage in Sun newspapers and on television from people such as myself, Ezra Levant, Michael Coren and Charles Adler.

Using the social media website Twitter as his preferred weapon, Ryan claimed we were all racist against First Nations, without providing evidence.

It’s a standard bully tactic designed to end an argument, not engage in a debate.

When Ryan’s people showed up at the Sun buildings, they chanted, yelled and cajoled my friend Ezra, claiming he was racist — but were unable to provide a single example.

When one woman was asked for an example of racism, she responded, “Look at all the people, do you really need an example?”

She followed that brilliant statement up by saying, “Racism is racism is racism.”

Now that last part is true, racism is racism and it is wrong, but what have any of us done that constitutes racism against Canada’s native population?

Have we asked tough questions about where and how government money was spent?

Absolutely.

But we ask those tough questions of all governments, regardless of race.

If we decided not to ask band councils the same tough questions we ask of city councils, or the federal government, because the band councils are Native, that would be a form of racism.

But Ryan and his thugs aren’t out to prove a point, they simply want to brand people they disagree with as being outside the boundary of polite company.

It won’t work.

On his Twitter account, Ryan proudly boasts he is the voice of more than 1 million workers.

Somehow I doubt that, unless his workers are all on the other side of majority opinion in Canada.

Polling shows the majority of Canadians are sympathetic to the plight of Canada’s Native population, but a solid majority also want to ensure there is fiscal accountability for any government money sent to reserves and band councils.

Is that racist? Are millions of Canadians racist?

Some might think so, but those would be people like Ryan, people not actually interested in debate.

I call them the left-wing bullies.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the problem of police forces refusing to enforce court orders against Native protesters blocking roads and rail lines. I called for equality for all before and under the law without regard for race — and was promptly called a racist.

Such is the world we live in.

That kind of argument does seem to give credence to the online meme that the definition of a racist is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.

Bullies like Ryan want to try and silence people by throwing words like racist around. He’s hoping that all of us who question where millions of dollars in federal tax money actually went will simply shut up.

I learned long ago that the best way to deal with bullies is to stand up to them, and that includes Sid Ryan.

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