It was laughable to see Toronto-Centre MP and Minister for Gender Equity Marci Ien tweet about the $100-million her government intends to throw at the 2SLGBTQI+ community to allegedly combat hate and discrimination.
The announcement was made with great fanfare at Ottawa Pride Sunday with the Prime Minister and various radical trans activists in the room.
It was no doubt partly an attempt to throw a shiny object into the social media and legacy media-sphere to distract from the government’s bad week during which it was revealed that Laith Marouf – funded by the Heritage ministry –to conduct “anti-racism” courses across Canada – was exposed as a virulent antisemite.
The $100-million action plan is apparently aimed at creating a more equitable Canada for 2SLGBTQI+ communities in Canada, or so it contends.
According to the plan – which is chock full of words that appear to be from the Gender Studies departments of our woke universities – it was developed using a gender-based analysis/intersectional approach.
That suggests some 2SLGBTQI+ people are impacted by colonialism, ableism, sexism, classism, systemic racism – the latter straight from the tenets of Critical Race Theory which suggests blacks and by extension black LGBTQ folk are more oppressed than similar white folk.
In fact, the plan itself says that such people experience “minority stress.”
Reading through the 53-page document, it quickly became clear – besides the repeated use of bafflegab – that lumping the 2SLGBTQI+ population together was highly disingenuous.
The intent of this plan is to fulfill the government’s diversity and inclusiveness agenda. There’s no doubt in my mind that the $43-million-plus in “capacity building grants” will be aimed at black, racialized, Indigenous and gender equity activists.
These are radical trans activists like Fae Johnstone – who attended the announcement and expressed her delight at being granted a shout-out by Ien.
Johnstone is the antithesis of Jenn Smith, the trans activist from B.C. I wrote about earlier this week.
Johnstone has a history of accusing anyone who questions radical gender ideology – that attempts to indoctrinate elementary school kids – as being “TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) and transphobic” as well as messengers of “anti-trans hate.”
Her often angry and unintelligible tweets exemplify the growing divide in Canada’s LGBTQ+ community. Many lesbians and gays want nothing to do with radical trans activism – which appears to be perpetuated by biological males who identify as women and call themselves “queer.”
A few days after the plan was delivered Johnstone claimed this about those she calls “TERFs”:
She also attacked me on Twitter, calling me a “homophobe” and then called on her supporters to report me to Twitter for misgendering her.
These are the kind of people Ien and the rest of the federal diversity bureaucrats are listening to when they set policy.
Is it any wonder we have scandals like that involving Laith Marouf?
This tweet thread from Ottawa-based gender rights activist Mia Ashton sums up the fiasco that is Ottawa funding quite nicely:
We are indeed in the midst of very queer times.