Dangerous: The Trudeau Government Is Injecting Identity Politics Into The Canadian Military

The Trudeau Liberals have now spread the social justice warrior virus into the Canadian Armed Forces, through ‘diversity is strength’ rhetoric and arbitrary ‘diversity’ quotas.

While all of society should be as meritocratic as possible, that’s more important in the military than anywhere else.

As an institution that could literally hold the life or death of our nation in its hands in the case of a war, the military must be based on a ruthlessly meritocratic system.

For much of history, that has been the case, since it was simply common sense.

But now, the longer the Trudeau government is in power, the more the military is being infected with the social justice warrior ideology.

The Trudeau Liberals are trying to force that ideology on the military through “diversity is strength” rhetoric, and through arbitrarily imposed ‘diversity’ targets.

According to a recent report, “The Canadian Armed Forces are struggling to hit their own targets to get more women, Indigenous people and visible minorities into uniform, new data obtained by Global News shows. And, in an attempt to to boost numbers that appear to have been largely stalled for more than three years, the Department of National Defence (DND) will launch a suite of new digital tools — including a smartphone app that, in its functionality, will resemble the matchmaking app Tinder — aimed at convincing more Canadians to consider a life in the Armed Forces.”

And now, the military appears to be echoing Trudeau’s rhetoric:

“The Canadian Forces believes a more diverse group is also a more effective group. “It’s important in that it gives us operational effectiveness,” Brig.-Gen. Virginia Tattersall said in an interview. “If we were all that one sort of vanilla, you won’t get that same range of opinions, those different ways of being able to think about issues, that different approach to how to solve a problem.”’

Of course, the truth is that diversity of thought, and creativity in individuals is based upon intelligence and training, not ethnic group or gender. A group that is not diverse in gender or racial terms could be very diverse in terms of ways of thinking and creativity. Also, a group of people that is very diverse in gender and racial terms could be filled with group-think and be devoid of creativity. Just look at universities today. They are often incredibly diverse, yet are being choked with oppressive group-think.

Think about it: Most people who join the military are civilians who know nothing about military strategy until they get trained in it. What the hell does their ethnic group or gender have to do with their ability to successfully integrate that training and become an effective member of the armed forces?

There is simply no logical reason why the military should be 25% women (which is the target the Trudeau government set) or some arbitrary percentage of any other group. There’s no logical reason why it should be either less than that, or more than that. What should matter is that each person is picked because they are the best for the role. If that results in 30% or 40% or 50% women that’s fine. But it’s also fine if that results in 5%, 10%, or 15% women. And considering that throughout all of human history men have been far more likely to be warriors, the Trudeau government is walking on very dangerous territory by trying to mess with that with arbitrary politically correct quotas.

The military should be seeking out the best individuals regardless of gender or race. To purposely seek out quotas could mean that group identity, rather than individual competence, takes precedence – which is disastrous.

This is dangerous, because it means that identity politics has now spread to parts of the military, and if it’s there, then it is infecting everything.

Spencer Fernando

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