I have written a couple articles over the last month targeting Americans who see Canada as some sort of advanced paradise where they can escape from Donald Trump's presidency. Recent events involving Alberta's Premier Rachel Notley and chants to "Lock her up" despite the fact that she has committed no crime or faced any kind of criminal allegation re-iterate the points I made. Canada is not a hub for enlightened politics, something escapist Americans should realize.
Article recap post-Trump election win
Almost immediately after the election last month I wrote an article about which sectors of Canadian society would be most amicable if you were a politically-progressive American.
However, in that article I also wrote a section that was meant as a "bubble burster for those that (were) serious about trying to emigrate from the United States" warning them not to "pretend Canada is a utopia." In another more recent article I wrote about how someone like Donald Trump might actually find favor in Canada (MovieTvTechGeeks/November 10th/"Donald Trump-like figure still possible in Canada"). In that article I explained my opinion that someone who scapegoated Aboriginals for Canada's problems might find favor in the rural prairies and Ontario.
The "Lock her up" chant was first popularized in the United States with Hillary Clinton the target. Those that used the chant may have believed and/or assumed that Clinton had engaged in criminal activity due to the alleged FBI investigation that she faced. You can retort with statements about how allegations against Clinton were fluff, but at least there was a legal issue that could be mentioned in defense of the chant..
Chant against Notley political intolerance?
With Notley those that chant to "Lock her up" might only be looking to imprison someone for her political beliefs alone. After all, how is Notley different from the majority of politicians? Brian Gorman, a professor at MacEwan University, seemed to reference the mystery of what Notley did to deserve even having her right to freedom questioned: "Lock her up for what? Because you disagree with her?" he asked (qtd. in a recent CBC article/December 4th/Zoe Todd).
The chant, as directed at someone who has not even been accused of a crime, certainly references some underlying intolerance for political diversity. Intolerance may be more latent in Canada right now than it is in the #BuildTheWall USA, however those in America that crashed Canada's immigration website are a bit naive to think that the their northern neighbors can't be organized into a Trump-like movement as well.
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What exactly has Rachel Notley done to deserve to "lock her up"? Isn't it fascist or oppressive or something to lock up without a crime?— ECityMom (@ECityMom) December 4, 2016