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Australia and Canada share scary wildlife

22 June 2022

7:00 AM

22 June 2022

7:00 AM

#OnlyInAustralia is trending after an old man in the Northern Territory walked up to a huge crocodile and nonchalantly banged it on the head with a frying pan.

The crocodile thought better of its intended mid-morning human snack and sulked off back into the nearby water with a headache.

That’s just how it is in Australia.

Canadians have a similar problem with bears breaking into their homes to steal beer from the fridge.

‘Scary wildlife’ is something that Australians and Canadians share – especially if we are talking about the specimens running amok within our respective parliaments.

An article in Canada’s Vancouver Sun all but sighs that:

‘As of Monday, unvaccinated Canadians can board planes and trains in Canada for the first time in two years, meaning nearly seven million more people are eligible to join the growing crowds at Canadian airports.’

Later the article added:

‘Vanderlubbe says he thinks hesitation from people who are uncomfortable travelling alongside unvaccinated people is also not going to outpace the increased demand for travel in Canada.’

Perhaps unvaccinated travellers may feel uncomfortable sitting beside individuals who spent two years discriminating, dehumanising, and falsely blaming them for a pandemic that everyone carries and spreads at roughly the same rate…

Trudeau’s Canada had some of the nastiest Covid restrictions in the world, made worse by a suspension of ordinary civil liberties. At one point, Trudeau accused the unvaccinated of not believing in science, saying they ‘are very often misogynistic and racist’ before adding:

‘But that doesn’t shy away from the fact that they take up some space. This leads us, as a leader and as a country, to make a choice: Do we tolerate these people?’

Does the Prime Minister of the country have to ‘tolerate’ citizens making private medical choices? Yes. That’s a pretty basic requirement of government, unless you want to identify as a collectivist regime from the 1940s that played it fast and loose with medical consent.

Trudeau’s behaviour was mimicked by Australian state premiers and chief ministers, who sometimes verbally attacked, derided, discriminated against, incited public hatred toward, stirred fear, or misled when it came to the role unvaccinated Australians played in the pandemic long after evidence contrary to their claims came to light.

The language and actions of governments on both sides of the Pacific toward citizens – including holding them under house arrest for months on end and taking their jobs away – has never been apologised for, let alone compensated.

Our two nations, Australia and Canada, like to talk about the injustices done to Indigenous people hundreds of years ago when neither the victims nor the alleged perpetrators are alive.

When it comes to living victims of serious and sustained government discrimination, segregation, and hate speech – we hear nothing but crickets.

Who will speak out for those that held their ground against tyrannical government overreach? It’s not going to be the press. Don’t bother looking for the conservative parties. Forget the so-called ‘human rights’ lawyers.

In this world of primordial monsters, citizens can only speak for each other.

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