Faith Goldy and the guilt-by-association game
Remember when guilt by association was taboo? I actually do not. Ever since I’ve started paying attention to politics, just before the U.S. 2016 election circus started, all I can remember is people pointing their political fingers, preaching from pulpits about their virtue, and accusing people of actions because of who they may have spoken to at one point in time.
The association fallacy is a common one, and it manifests in more ways than one. A popular way to indict someone for no wrongdoing is to guilt them by association, as an ad hominem fallacy. Basically, if the argument attacks a person because of the similarity between the views of someone making an argument and other proponents of the argument.
Here is a perfect example to demonstrate, as provided by Wikipedia:“My opponent for office just received an endorsement from the Puppy Haters Association. Is that the sort of person you would want to vote for?”
This all leads me to the fingers being pointed at Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer by political adversaries.
Scheer is a fairly centre-right Conservative Party leader. “Outspoken” is not really a word that many would use to describe him. He has even received criticism from those both inside and outside of the political world. Notably, Beauce MP Maxime Bernier went so far as to leave the Conservative Party all together, and started the People’s Party of Canada.
In February of 2017, Scheer appeared on On the Hunt, a show produced by online news media outlet The Rebel. The show, which is now cancelled, was hosted by far-right provocateur Faith Goldy.
Goldy, a U of Toronto graduate, had a decorated list of credentials to her name, including The Catholic Register, the Toronto Sun, Bell Media, ZoomerMedia, and even the National Post.
Scheer appeared on the show, where he discussed the topics of “Islamophobia” M-103, parental leave, mental health, and property rights. The conversation was brief, with absolutely nothing out of the ordinary occurring in his 15 minute appearance.
Though Goldy had already released a number of controversial videos, her videos discussing Canada’s changing demographics with titles like “White Genocide In Canada?” started in March, after Scheer’s appearance. Scheer, and whoever agreed to appear on this show for him, had no way to predict where Goldy’s political views, and future were headed.
In August of 2017, Goldy decided that it would be a good idea to go to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to cover the events surrounding the removal of Confederate monuments. In her stream, Goldy captured video of the car attack which killed Heather Heyer, a counter-protester.
Goldy was fired shortly after by Rebel co-founder Ezra Levant after she appeared on an alt-right podcast hosted by The Daily Stormer, a website that has open discussions surrounding the “Jewish Question,” white genocide, and other far-right conspiracy theories.
Levant claims that he told Goldy not to cover Charlottesville, and that her appearance on The Daily Stormer was “just too far.”
Scheer’s politics, which are closer to the centre-right than many would have liked, garnered him a bad rep not just with Maxime Bernier, but from far-right media outlets like The Rebel.
The Rebel, an outlet on which he had done at least two interviews on—one with Faith Goldy in 2017, and one with Ezra Levant in 2016—were turning on him. In October 2017, The Rebel published a video titled Andrew Scheer needs “to grow a spine—and fast.”
Scheer had already long-began his disassociation from The Rebel, who were in hot water for their editorializing and far-right views. Scheer had appeared on CBC news, where he stated that he would not appear on The Rebel again, as they had crossed a line in covering the Charlottesville protests.
Since then, Scheer’s relationship with The Rebel is practically non-existent. Not another appearance, not another mention.
Unfortunately for Scheer, midway through February of 2019, in rolled the Yellow Vest convoy. Loudly and without apology, the #UnitedWeRoll convoy came to our nation’s capital of Ottawa. Their mission statement clearly posted on their GoFundMe:
We are in favour of pipelines to move our products in the oil and gas sector to the rest of Canada as well as the rest of the world. We are apposed to the current format of the carbon tax as well as the UN impact on Canadian borders.
In essence, the United We Roll convoy were on the political right, and it would have benefitted Scheer to be present at this event. Although the Yellow Vest movement of Canada’s Facebook page had been in hot water for commenters making inappropriate threats, these generally not indicative of the mindset of most Yellow Vesters, who tend to be patriots demanding answers from a government not representing their views.
But guess who else decided to show up the the convoy? Not Hope Silver, nor Chastity Bronze, but none other than Faith Goldy.
Goldy decided to host a live stream, where she walked around interviewing Yellow Vesters in a ramped-up Hoser accent. Scheer addressed the crowd of Canadians, but not once did they cross paths. They did not speak together. And no, they did not take photos together.
There was no love affair between Andrew Scheer and the alt-right. There never has been, and there never will be. Though Scheer was lambasted for his presence at the event, it should be made clear that he is not alt-right. He is not alt-right adjacent. And no, he does not need to be disavowed.
With Goldy having recently been banned from Airbnb, Facebook, Instagram, and other apps, she has made news cycles for a few days now. This has re-ignited interest in her and Scheer’s relationship, having been mentioned more than once in the House of Commons this week. The Liberal Party website is even suggesting that Goldy is recruiting for Scheer.
Guilt by association is a dangerous game to play. But it has been weaponized, and done so quite effectively by those trying to take down their political enemies.
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A group of anti-pipeline protestors attempted to light a train on fire in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, which temporarily stopped freight train traffic.
Police spokesman Bill Dickson told The Canadian Press the protestors lit a fire by and on the railway tracks as a train train moved through the area around Belleville, Wednesday morning.
Dickson said the individuals threw a few tires on the tracks and lit them.
Video shows they also threw wooden pallets to fuel the fire.
Another video shows other eco-radical anti-pipeline protestors standing on a track as a train came barrelling at them. They only moved out of the way in the last minute after their attempt to stop the train failed.
This Hour Has 22 Minutes recently posted a tweet stating that “Some Conservatives are afraid of the CBC.” The comedy segment was met with many critical comments by Twitter users including Laureen Harper (former prime minister Stephen Harper’s wife) who is not a fan of the program.
Harper responded to the tweet saying, “Not afraid at all, just bored by mediocre comedy. Come on, make a joke that is funny. You get billions and you can’t make one funny joke.”
This comes just weeks after Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole pledged to privatize the broadcasting company.
When previouslyinterviewed by The Post Millennial, O’Toole said, “We’re announcing today a plan to radically reform and energize the CBC. That will mean cutting CBC digital. That will mean eliminating half the budget of CBC English television—with a view of privatizing it over the course of a four-year government.”
Almost every comment on the tweet is unfavourable towards the CBC program.
According to the Toronto Sun, CBC’s annual report showed that CBC News’s total audience is just 1.4 percent of TV viewers.
The same report showed that advertising revenue has also dropped 21 percent overall. From 2018 to 2019 its revenues went down from $318.2 million to $248.7 million despite heavy funding from the Canadian government.
As the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continues to rise, Air Canada has decided to suspend flights between Canada and the Chinese mainland, according to CBC News.
On Tuesday, Canada’s largest airline made the announcement that the company will be cancelling the Shanghai and Beijing flights until April 10. Their original plan was to ground flights throughout February after non-essential travel to China was advised against by the federal government.
A statement from the airline states, “Air Canada will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada and Global Affairs and will adjust its schedule as appropriate.”
Direct flights are usually directed to Shanghai and Beijing from Montreal, Vancouver and the company’s largest hub in Toronto.
Daily flights from Toronto to Hong Kong have also been suspended by Air Canada until April 30 because of low demand. They said that they will make space on their Vancouver to Hong Kong non-stop flights for customers who have already booked flights.
On Tuesday, at the House of Commons, Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu noted that “strict” measures are being taken by Canada. She added that there are now at least 35 countries with the deadly virus.
“Those measures are less effective and it’s time to turn our attention and our resources to making sure we’re prepared on the domestic stage,” said Hajdu.
She added that though Canada does not have many cases of the virus at the moment but that doesn’t mean that the country is in the clear.
Hajdu said that consular support will be given to the Canadians who are still in Iran but it is unlikely that they will be evacuated at this point.
“We should be clear that repatriation efforts are limited at this point. It’s difficult at this point to commit to an ongoing repatriation process. You have to remember that it takes a lot of resources and the resources have to be focused in terms of our domestic response,” said Hajdu.
“It’s important for Canadians to realize this may cause disruptions in their lives.”
On Monday, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam said that officials are making preparations for a possible pandemic. The epidemic has been declared a global health emergency by The World Health Organization (WHO).
The South Korea travel advisory has been increased by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) after close to 1,000 reported cases. GAC is asking travellers to use a “high degree of caution” when travelling there.
Italy has now reported 320 cases of the virus and the global count has reached approximately 80,000.
GAC also released a travel advisory for Italy on Tuesday telling travellers to “practice special precautions.”
The advisory says, “COVID-19 can spread from person to person, and in Italy cases have been confirmed in multiple regions in the north of the country. Sustained community spread of the virus is being reported. This means it is unknown how or where some people became infected, and the spread is ongoing.”
A statement was issued today by Tam noting that the risk in Canada is still low. She added that the 195 passengers of the evacuation flight out of China who were held under quarantine in Trenton have now been released.
The flight arrived in Canada two weeks ago from Wuhan, China and none of the passengers showed symptoms of the virus.
“As a result, they pose no risk to others and can return to their usual activities,” said Tam’s statement.
“I would like to thank the repatriated Canadians and their families for their patience, cooperation and contribution to public health. They have been through a stressful experience and I urge everyone to treat them with respect and compassion.”
The 2020 Super Bowl halftime show has drawn many complaints for its explicit sexuality from viewers. Some NFL fans were upset by the duo’s performance of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. A little over 1,300 complaints were filed with the Federal Communications Commission by viewers.
It’s not a lot when compared to that time Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson’s breast in 2004. That nipple stunt brought in a whopping 540,000 complaints.
The FCC received a total of 1,312 complaints following the February 2 halftime show according to WFAA which acquired the numbers through the Freedom of Information Act.
Over 49 different states had complaints filed from them with the exception of Vermont. Texas on the other hand was the state with the most complaints, coming in at 140.
The majority of the complaints revolved around the halftime show not being family-friendly.
“The 54 Super Bowl Half Time Show with Shakira and JLos [sic] was disgusting. Their overly sexy dancing, full crotch shots, spreading their legs was tasteless,” read one complaint.
“This was club dancing, not a show for a family-watched sporting event. They were performing at the Super Bowl Half Tim [sic], not giving a concert for their fans. I’m shocked their performances were allowed. This was offensive and tasteless.”
“There were people in lingerie doing pole dances on the Superbowl half-time show,” another complaint states. ”This is completely unacceptable and a poor reflection on our country.”