Disgraceful: Catherine McKenna’s Rhetoric Implies Conservatives Aren’t Canadians

The Liberals are playing a dangerous word game in which they demonize Conservatives while simultaneously claiming they’re bringing people together.

As she usually does, Catherine McKenna is fear-mongering and trying to capitalize on tragic events for political gain.

After her widely-condemned remarks following the Christchurch massacre, some hoped that McKenna – who always demands that people treat her with respect – would show that respect to people she disagrees with.


Instead, McKenna is doubling down on demonizing Conservative Canadians.

Her latest move is to try and attack Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Conservatives and link them to the wildfires in Alberta.

And there’s an even more insidious use of rhetoric being deployed by the Environment Minister:

She’s implying that Conservatives aren’t Canadians.

Take a look at the text of one of her recent Tweets:

“Across Canada, people agree that climate change is a threat to our country. I don’t understand why the Conservatives are hesitant to join Canadians in the fight against climate change. We’ll keep working with Canadians as we move forward with our practical and affordable plan.”


First, notice how she pretends that people being worried about climate change somehow equals support for her policies. Millions of Canadians have concerns about the environment, and also don’t feel a carbon tax is a way to address it. McKenna just pretends those people don’t exist.

Then, notice how she says “Conservatives are hesitant to join Canadians,” then says “we’ll keep working with Canadians.”

If Conservatives have to ‘join Canadians,’ that implies that they are two different things.

She’s using a clear rhetorical strategy to separate the idea of ‘Conservatives’ and ‘Canadians,’ as if someone cannot be both at the same time.

What makes it so disgusting is that most polls show the Conservatives in the lead, so McKenna is ‘de-Canadianizing’ the largest political group in our nation.

By implying that Conservatives aren’t Canadian, McKenna is also implying that only people who agree with her are Canadian.

This kind of rhetoric – and the fact that it’s obviously encouraged by Trudeau and the PMO – represents yet another betrayal of Canadians.

Remember, in 2015, Justin Trudeau repeatedly told Liberal audiences that ‘Conservatives are not our enemies, they’re our neighbours.’ It was a nice line, and was part of Trudeau’s ‘Sunny Ways’ image.

If he really believed in ‘doing politics differently,’ then he would still be saying that.

He’s not.

Instead, Trudeau, McKenna, and the rest of the Liberals are now trying to take the status of Canadian away from their political opponents, a demonization tactic that can tear a country apart.

This also comes not long after McKenna emotionally read off some of the mean Tweets she receives.

She expects people to feel sympathy for her, yet shows no sympathy for the millions of Canadians who disagree with her policies and feel that she and Trudeau have done damage to our country. She has no time for them. She doesn’t care about them. She dismisses, demonizes, and now ‘de-Canadianizes’ them.

The reality is that we are all Canadians. Those who support the government, and those who don’t. Trying to take that away from someone – not to mention many millions of people – is not acceptable. We cannot allow our country to be torn apart by the cynicism and manipulations of McKenna and Trudeau.

Spencer Fernando

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Don Taylor

McKenna is a danger to all Canadians with her fear mongering,if she would print the truth about climate change ,maybe canadians would have some respect for her


Desperate and despicable individuals that know no bounds of decency.


Way past time we took OUR country back from these post national state LIEberals, Trudeau said that colonial Canadians can be replaced when it is the post national Canada thieves that should be replaced with keeping Canadians in Canada with the Conservatives.

Clive Edwards

Catherine McKenna and Just In Turdo are Canadians? Could have fooled me. I thought they were globalists working for the U.N., or is that the U.S.?

Ken (Kulak)

The Liberal Party of Canada has thought that since they first used that rhetoric during the Chretien years. Remember, we are the beer and popcorn bunch, much like Hillary’s despicable deplorables.

Wear the despicable deplorable beer and popcorn freedom badge proudly.


If anyone truly expected better from either McKenna or Trudeau — in fact any Liberal — they simply have not been paying attention.

Shawn Harris

It is a rather large contradiction in speech by McKenna, that she claims the she, Trudeau and the rest of these so called climate saving Liberals “will continue to work with Canadians”, yet sees no problem with having a one sided conversation. This is really just her talking in the Liberal echo chamber, pretending to listen while only hearing her voice and the voices of those who support the Trudeau Liberals. It is the old socialist/communist tactic of divide and conquer by using a strawman, the conservatives to blame for the McKenna/ Trudeau failures on the environment, while pretending deceitfully… Read more »

Paul Forseth

Her rhetoric will likely become increasingly ridiculous (she’s there already) because she knows the Liberals are in deep political trouble. She may not be elected again. So she will flail about with put-downs and name calling. She has lost the “climate emergency” ploy as reasonable Canadians know better than to buy into such extremism for tax greed motivations. The blind supporters are going to get ugly with name calling, creating a false abortion debate, and phoney scares on Immigration, and any other hot button issue they can think of. That’s what those on a sinking political ship do. Their policies… Read more »


I wonder how you feel about posts I read not long ago from the Canadian yellow vesters Facebook page calling Trudeau a traitor and calling for the murder of Trudeau and his family. Pot calling kettle black. I’m neither a conservative nor liberal supporter but there is lots of nasty repulsive remarks from both sides. Stop it, all of you on both sides and start acting civily like we are all so proud to be.

Harper Stevens

Conservatives are human garbage.

Douglas Robilliard

Wow that’s rich coming from on of the pm disasters! no one is listening nor believing anything you blap out of your empty head! Liar