Maxime Bernier, a Canadian politician and Member of Parliament, bought the billboard above as part of his Canadian election campaign. (Bernier is the founder and current leader of the People's Party of Canada, and Canada is scheduled to go to the polls on October 21, 2019.) It's now been taken down by what Bernier is calling a "totalitarian leftist mob."
It is a "totalitarian leftist mob," but it's worth noting that it's the billboard company that gave in to protests. And of course, if they can't totally suppress him, this attack on his message may help him: See How a 'leftist mob' handed Mad Max a pre-election gift.
But it's an example of what we call America's Emerging Totalitarian Left, except that in Canada it emerged years ago.
Recently, a Canadian academic said in the Vancouver Sun what Harvard professor Robert Putnam said about diversity in 2007—that it's bad for social trust in society. (See Robert Putnam: Diversity Is Our Destruction by Pat Buchanan and Diversity Is Strength! It's Also…Oh, Wait, Make That "Weakness" by Steve Sailer.)
The academic, Mark Hecht [Email him] highlighted the experience of Denmark with importing Muslims as an example, and said things like this:
This is quite a paradox. Diversity at a national level does not necessarily erode trust but at the neighbourhood level it does. How can this be?
Switzerland is a good example of this paradox in action. With four recognized ethnicities—German, French, Italian and Romansh—they also have high levels of social trust. How? It’s simple. Each ethnicity has its own geography and government. It does not mix ethnicities, nor does one try to control the others.
If a country wants diversity, expect enclaves to form. This may work out fine in the long run, as it has in Switzerland. Or it may turn into a bloody mess, as it repeatedly does in the Balkans. The other option is low diversity.
Denmark had the latter. It worked well. Now, it wants it back again and that will require its immigrants to integrate. Those who don’t will have to leave.
So, is excluding certain people from one’s society a requirement? The short answer is absolutely. The long and more reasonable answer is if you do let people into your country then make sure they hold similar values—compatibility. Make sure they want to fit into your society fully and completely—cohesion. With these two requirements satisfied, and with a sprinkle of Protestantism, the country will be well on its way to generating high levels of social trust.
Can Canada learn from Denmark? The jury is out. But the minimum requirement is that we say goodbye to diversity, tolerance and inclusion if we wish to be a society that can rebuild the trust we used to have in one another and start accepting a new norm for immigration policy—compatibility, cohesion and social trust.
[Mark Hecht: Ethnic diversity harms a country's social trust, economic well-being, argues professor, Vancouver Sun, September 6, 2019. Emphasis added].
That is a link to Archive.is—the op-ed is gone from the Vancouver Sun as a result of high-pitched squealing from, yes, a "totalitarian leftist mob."
The paper is apologizing, and Professor Hecht's college dean is saying his views don't represent the college...as usual.
.@VancouverSun readers raise valid concerns about the racist column published in our paper, for which our editor has apologized and promised to investigate how it got published in the first place. #journalism https://t.co/iMfJJ0ukqg— loriculbert (@loriculbert) September 8, 2019
And all this without recourse to Canada's hate speech laws.