In response to tumbling poll numbers and discord in the ranks, the Tory's are throwing rhetorical red meat to their army of rural bush goobers by threatening Lebanese Canadians over the issue of dual citizenship:
OTTAWA -- Canada must be more than "just a port in the storm" for dual citizens living abroad, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Monte Solberg said Tuesday.
The Conservative government is taking a long look at the issue of dual citizenship in the wake of this summer's evacuation of some 15,000 people from Lebanon during the Israeli bombardment...
"If we're in a situation where somebody's absent, isn't paying taxes but is going to be using our social programs down the road, I think Canadians would feel that is unfair," said the minister.
To understand the political calculus behind Solberg's musings, a little historical context is in order. The Tory's original concerns re. dual citizenship arose during the 2006 Summer War between Israel and Lebanon. If you remember, the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) had just slaughtered a bunch of Canadian citizens in Aitaroun, and Harper needed a few brown-skinned scapegoats to draw attention away from the fact that our "allies" had killed Canucks. Thus a new meme was born: the "ungrateful Lebanese-Canadian dual citizen". For a time, this little episode of race-baiting firmed up support behind Harper's policy of letting Israeli bombs fall like rain.
Now, during similar hard times, the Tory's have decided to try the same play again.
Not too frightening in itself, because Conservatives do what Conservatives do. What is disturbing is how apparently mainstream commentators like Andrew Coyne are willing to run cover for an act of crude political racism by slathering over Solberg's statement with gibberish until it seems part of a coherent political philosophy (other than the standard Con philosophy of "Let's bash the swarthy!").
Deep in his heart, Andy knows better. He must have false consciousness right up the wazoo.