Why this Socialist will not vote for the Left in Canada’s elections – Column in Toronto Sun


“It’s as if Lady Liberty in Eugene Delacroix’s famous 1830 painting is no longer bare-breasted, but wearing the niqab.Nearly 200 years later, Canada’s left is not merely betraying Lady Liberty, but the principle of equality itself.”


Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple) is a painting by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France. A woman personifying the concept and the goddess of Liberty leads the people forward over the bodies of the fallen, holding the flag of the French Revolution in one hand and brandishing a bayonetted musket with the other. T

Why this socialist will vote for Harper

October 14, 2015

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

For the past 50 years, my inner socialist has been my moral compass.It has guided me in politics and in my writing. Two prison terms by successive military dictatorships in Pakistan did not break my resolve.

It was the 1960s. On one side were the Islamists, backed by the U.S. On the other, a motley coalition of social democrats, liberals, communists, socialists and trade unionists, of which I was a part.

Whether one was in Iran, Indonesia, Egypt or Pakistan, options were limited; either support the Islamists, or risk life and liberty to seek modernity through the progressive ideas of the left.

From studying the Fabians to the Bolsheviks, marching in solidarity with Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh and mourning the overthrow by the CIA of Iran’s Mohammad Mossadegh, my youth was one endless struggle to break free from ignorant medievalism and religious fanaticism.

From the first time I voted in Pakistan’s only truly free election in 1970, to the 2011 Canadian election, I have always backed the left.

I am drawn to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal plan in this election to invest in the country and to have the courage to admit the government will run deficits for three years.

MulcairI support Tom Mulcair’s NDP plan of offering working parents subsidized, $15-a-day daycare, as well as targeting a federal minimum wage of $15-per-hour.

But this Monday, my tradition will be broken.

It’s not because I have drifted away from my social-democratic ideals or principles.

It’s because many Muslims like me, who are on the left in Canada, have been betrayed by our political leaders who have embraced Islamists to woo the so-called Muslim vote bank in urban centres.

I liken being a Canadian to owning a family farm with fertile soil, ploughed and ready to receive the seeds from which crops will grow. But the farmer’s family cannot agree on what to plant: canola or wheat, barley or corn.

While the family debates this issue, they are unaware of the coming blight, or locust storm, that will devour whatever crop they grow.

Despite being repeatedly warned about these threats, the family looks toward the horizon and says: “We do not see any blight, we cannot see any locusts; don’t fear monger.”

But farmers who refuse to take precautions against looming disasters are risking the future of their farm and their families . They are inviting catastrophe.

HarperFor me, the only Canadian politician who has raised the alarm about Islamism in Canada and abroad, and the danger it poses to our future, is Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.

So even if some of the crops he wants to plant would not be my choices, I am glad he at least wants to insure the farm and the family survive.

Trudeau and Mulcair have dismissed the idea there is any threat to Canada from ISIS or Islamism.

Meanwhile anti-Islamist Muslims like me have been insulted as “Uncle Toms,” at the receiving end of unspeakable vitriol.

And it does not end there.

Today the Liberals and NDP not only say “fighting ISIS is not our problem,” they passionately defend the most vulgar manifestation of medieval misogyny, the niqab.

It’s as if Lady Liberty in Eugene Delacroix’s famous 1830 painting is no longer bare-breasted, but wearing the niqab.

Nearly 200 years later, Canada’s left is not merely betraying Lady Liberty, but the principle of equality itself.

4 comments for “Why this Socialist will not vote for the Left in Canada’s elections – Column in Toronto Sun

  1. David Pinto
    October 15, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Tarek Fatah, you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.
    How can you possibly vote for Stephen Harper?
    Stephen Harper hates science and scientists; he has muzzled Canadian scientists.
    He hates the CBC; he massively cut funding for the CBC, while at the same time he flat out lies that he has not cut funding for the network; it is clear that he wants to abolish the CBC.
    He has destroyed the ability of Canadian veterans to oppose government policy on veterans.
    He has slashed funding for women’s organizations.
    He opposes the idea of a national inquiry into the cases of missing and murdered native women.
    But you are prepared to forgive all of this because he is concerned about Islamism?
    Have you totally taken leave of your senses?

    • Drd
      October 18, 2015 at 12:45 PM

      David Pinto – you have thoroughly and utterly missed the bigger picture of this message. Everything you mentioned will be for nothing if the Liberals or NDP form the government and open the door as they have in Europe.

  2. Sean
    October 16, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    David, David, David, You just don’t get it. Islam is out to change our way of life. Without that nothing else matters. That way of life we now enjoy is the thread that holds our country together, no matter our squabbles and disagreements on how to run things. Islam tells us every day what their goals are. It is no secret.

  3. Jo
    October 22, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Email me Tarek. I did something I’ve never done before – after decades of being not only an NDP voter but an active supporter, arguing with friends that you at least have to vote for the lesser evil, – but this year any vote would be a vote for the betrayal of this country and everything I value. I just couldn’t do it. I had to work to ensure that I could cast my vote – and spoil my ballot. There’s just no way I can support treason.
    But now there’s another wrinkle in the works. Email me.

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