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Governor General Apologizes for Telling the Truth

David Johnston told the unvarnished truth: all Canadians, including aboriginals, are immigrants from somewhere. No apology necessary

By Brian Giesbrecht
Senior Fellow
Frontier Centre for Public Policy

WINNIPEG, Man. /Troy Media/ – Canada’s governor generals have been famous and infamous. They have played large parts in our country’s history. In some cases, the contribution has been dramatic. Where does David Johnston’s recent capitulation put him?

In 1926, the King-Byng affair kept the country spellbound as it unfolded, after Gov. Gen. Lord Byng refused Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s request to dissolve Parliament and call an election. Before Byng, Lord Grey and others made decisions that shaped the country we know today.

So what are we to make of our current Governor General’s abject apology for telling the truth?

During a CBC interview, Gov. Gen. David Johnston said that all Canadians are immigrants from somewhere. That’s the unvarnished truth. Most of our ancestors came to this country by ship, train or airplane. In the case of aboriginal Canadians, they came the hard way – by walking over the Bering land bridge.

There’s no shame in that. It’s just a fact. The only truly indigenous people on Earth are Africans, because that’s where homo sapiens originated. All of our distant ancestors spread out from Africa and inhabited most of the planet.

So why did the Governor General retract his true statement and apologize for having the temerity to speak the truth?

The answer seems to be that it’s all part of the same craven capitulation to political correctness that vilified Sen. Lynn Beyak for making a few mild and obviously truthful observations about Indian residential schools – the same cowardly caving in to political correctness that even caused the once mighty Conservative Party of Canada to censure the senator.

It’s political correctness run amuck. For some strange reason, when it comes to aboriginal issues, there is no limits to how far people will go to sacrifice truth for the sake of not offending the sensibilities of some aboriginals.

The idea that aboriginal people have been here since the beginning of time is a myth but no one seems willing to say this obvious truth. Certainly, the Governor General isn’t willing to say it.

And what if part of the creation myth of some aboriginal groups was that the sun goes around the Earth? That’s a common misconception in many creation myths – after all, myths came about before people had science to help them understand physical phenomena. Would Johnston then apologize if he referred to this scientific fact and an aboriginal person objected?

Let’s be clear: Johnston’s apology is a retraction and the implication is that – science be damned – if an aggrieved group is vocal enough, their story must be accepted. If history has to be rewritten, and if science has to be stood on its head, then so be it. If a creation myth has it that people sprouted from the land like mushrooms, then it must be true. And no one, not even the Governor General, can say anything different.

Where was our mainstream media – our guardians of the truth – when this idiocy desperately needed to be exposed?

Do a search, as I did. I could find nary a peep from our tax-funded CBC. Our mainstream newspapers invoked their right to remain silent.

What the Governor General – the Queen’s representative – should have done is obvious. He should have said, “I was speaking the truth and I stand by it.”

Perhaps when this part of Canada’s history is written, Governor General Johnson will be on the infamous side of the ledger because he prevaricated when he could have easily told the truth.

Brian Giesbrecht is a retired judge and a senior fellow at the think-tank Frontier Centre for Public Policy,

© 2017 Distributed by Troy Media

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  • Susan Raby-Dunne , June 26, 2017 @ 10:13 am

    I’m not going to speak to the Governor General’s comments but I am going to speak to Senator Lynn Beyak’s remarks about residential schools. She may be right about some good coming from them. I suppose there were a few slaves in the deep south before 1865 that were well treated, too. But by and large, the Residential School system in Canada decimated entire cultures. Maybe some of those indigenous people learned a trade, or some commercial skill. I’m wondering if that’s what she means. Please imagine having your own small children taken away with no recourse. I know if the Mounties pulled up on our farm and took my 5 year old son away despite any protestations from me, I would lose my mind! And that would be only the beginning. He would return to me 9 or 10 years later unable to speak to me in our own language, because his native tongue language had been beaten out of him. I could go on…..

    I think that was a stupid thing for Beyak to say. Even if it was true in the most minute sense, the devastation wrought on several generations is still with them. They are still reeling from it. To use political correctness as an excuse for her dismissal is BS. Anyone who soft-pedals, underestimates, or minimizes the damage and trauma done by residential schools is not fit to have anything to do with aboriginal issues.

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