This bizarre video probably does the best job at explaining the growing discontent regarding the NDP’s leadership.
China’s ambassador to Canada made headlines when he put out an editorial in the last week accusing Canada of white supremacy when it comes to the handling of Meng Whanzhou’s case.— CTV’S QUESTIONPERIOD (@ctvqp) January 13, 2019
“Who accused who of white supremacy?” @theJagmeetSingh asked in response.#ctvpp #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/bJldrrtbky
Jagmeet Singh was on CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon when he was asked about the current geopolitical spat with China.
For a quick summery of events: A Huawei executive with ties to the Chinese government was arrested in Canada on an international arrest warrant for evading U.S. sanctions on Iran.
In response, China arrested two Canadians who are still in custody, while Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive, is out on bail and the Canadians are still in Chinese custody. If you read that, congratulations you know more about Canadian foreign affairs than Jagmeet Singh.
To add a new wrinkle to the story, the Chinese ambassador to Canada wrote an op-ed labeling Canada “white supremacist” for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.
This is what Jagmeet Singh was asked about. It was as if the phrase white supremacy simultaneously shutdown his brain while sending it into overdrive.
Jagmeet Singh was so taken aback that his response was “who called who a white supremacist?”
Then Evan Solomon patently explained the situation again slowly and clearly to give time for Jagmeet Singh to come up with a response, and his second attempt was much worse.
Is Canada white supremacist for acting on an international arrest warrant? Jagmeet Singh doesn’t know. Instead we were treated to a deranged tangent on how “there are concerns that folks are legitimately raising” about the Trump administration arresting a foreign national to be used in trade negotiations.
First, there is ZERO evidence for this claim. Second, the assertion embodied the worst of Trumpism, as we all know that the President does have a problem by over-citing the scientific journal of “many people have been telling me”. Third, he calls these conspiracy theories legitimate. Fourth, Earth to Jagmeet: This is exactly what the Chinese government is doing to Canada right now!
However, good job by Evan Solomon as he sensed Canada’s collective head shaking and explained the hypocritical irony of his statement to him.
Upon his third attempt at answering a simple question he managed to upgrade from a terrible response to a bad one.
He made some noises about laws and said that the Chinese should be following the law. Here is the problem, the Chinese are following the law. However, with Chinese law: the government says you are guilty, so you get arrested.
All of this is incredibly comical to an outsider, but for the NDP it signals at a much deeper problem. Jagmeet Singh is changing the identity of the party in a way that is alienating his base.
The NDP was founded out of the ashes of many communist and socialist parties in Canada. Their appeal has always been to the economic needs of the working class.
The image the NDP has always tried to cultivate is the factory worker beside you saying that he is fed up with management and is going to take your complaints straight to the boss.
Enter Jagmeet Singh, the literal image of a champagne socialist. The man is in GQ wearing fancy suits and talking about his love of expensive watches, and his focus seems to be on the battles of the cultural Left. Among those are rape culture, police brutality and of course white supremacy.
The image of the new NDP is a Gender Studies professor lecturing you about how heterosexual monogamous relationships are evil and a product of neo-colonialist something something.
This interview hits on this in two main areas. First, it is quite obvious that Jagmeet Singh’s first impulse is to sympathize with anyone claiming Canada is “white supremacist” as he was unable to state that the claim was unfounded. Instead we got an “I don’t know”.
The second area highlights one of the biggest failings of the hard Left, which is cultural relativism. Singh said that he hoped that China was following the laws, which I pointed out they are.
The thing that he needed to do was call out China’s legal system and assert that Canada’s is superior for logical and ethical reasons. But this type of thinking is anathema on the left.
All of this may culminate in an embarrassing showing in 2019 for the NDP as they fail to reach their own base.
NDP voters do not hate Canada, they tend to have some misguided notations about economics, but they do not want to see Canada brought down. Jagmeet Singh is making a dangerous bet that he can win over all the social justice types at the expense of the working class.