It’s beginning to look like it.
First, what is fascism? Here are three takes:
(1) “Originally, ‘fascism’ referred to a political movement that was linked with corporatism and existed in (Italy) from 1922 to 1943 under the leadership of Benito Mussolini.” –Wikipedia
(2) “The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence is fascism—ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling power.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt, April 29, 1938.
(3) “According to most scholars of fascism, there are both left and right influences on fascism as a social movement, and fascism, especially once in power, has historically attacked communism, conservatism and parliamentary liberalism, attracting support from the ‘far right’ or ‘extreme right.’” –Wikipedia
A political movement linked with corporatism: Stephen Harper’s (Reform) Conservatives and Big Oil?
Ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling power: perennial contempt of Parliament by Stephen Harper’s (Reform) Conservatives.
Fascism, especially once in power, has historically attacked. . . parliamentary liberalism, attracting support from the far right or extreme right: Stephen Harper’s 24/7 attack-mode (Reform) Conservatives in a nutshell.
If that were not enough, now comes a report that a (Reform) Conservative MP, Mark Adler, is set to table a private member’s bill, which if enacted into law would require public servants to undergo a background check, thereby raising the spectre of McCarthyite investigations into political loyalty: “Have you ever been a member of ?” (See Lawrence Martin, “Harper’s Legislated Loyalty Threat,” The Tyee Friday January 17, 2014 http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/01/17/Harpers-Legislated-Loyalty-Threat/).
Every year on November 11th, Remembrance Day, we honour many hundreds of thousands of Canadians who sacrificed their lives within living memory liberating Europe and the free world from the tyranny of fascism.
Are we now on a path to embracing fascism, homegrown here in Canada?
PJ Robertson, Morrisburg
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