View From the Hill. By Keith Beardsley – Erin O’Toole is No Diefenbaker When it Comes to Rights in Canada. #cdnpoli #bill21isracist

DECEMBER 10, 2021 – As the issue of the teacher in Chelsea who was released for wearing a hijab heats up here is an interesting comparison.

John Diefenbaker (former Prime Minister)

I am a Canadian, a free Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship God in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. (July 1, 1960. From the Canadian Bill of Rights).

Erin O’Toole (Wannabe Prime Minister)

“We would never apply a bill like this on the federal jurisdiction…but it is a question for Quebec to decide.” (Global News 9 December 2021)

“I’ve also said that I will try and respect provincial jurisdiction and the competences of the provincial governments to make decisions like in the case of Quebec,” (Global News 9 December 2021)

Equal rights should mean for all Canadians in all provinces and territories. There shouldn’t be an asterisk that says * except in Quebec.


Keith is a former political staffer with over 50 years of active involvement in Canadian politics. He is a former Deputy Chief of Staff to a Prime Minister for Issues Management and he was a senior political advisor involved with political research, Question Period, political attack teams and election war rooms for over 20 years. A well-known political pundit, Keith has appeared many times on Canadian political panels.

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