Since the Conservative government has started targeting Kingston as a riding they really want, we have been introduced to some of the worst dregs the Reform Party had to offer, including Gerry Nicholls, who wrote a piece against Michael Ignatieff. Nicholls was VP of the National Citizens Coalition when Harper was president, and is one of the biggest rednecks in Canada.
However, it was a column by Peter Worthingon that caused the most concern, but thanks to that article I could link the National Citizens Coalition to the Nelson Mandela story, which means that Harper has scored the trifecta.
A bio of Mr. Worthington can be found at Wikipedia but I'm going to just give a few brief bits of it that are very important:
A conservative, Worthington led the brash new tabloid throughout the 1970s as it campaigned against the government of Pierre Trudeau. At one point he was jailed after being accused of violating the Official Secrets Act.
Worthington was criticized when it was revealed that he had informed to the American Federal Bureau of Investigation about the suspected political sympathies of a number of his friends including June Callwood.
Worthington is the stepfather of conservative writer Danielle Crittenden (She has been critical of the feminist movement and is considered to be a social conservative. Crittenden is the editor of The Women’s Quarterly magazine. She is married to former George W. Bush special assistant and speechwriter David Frum and resides in Washington DC.) and is thereby David Frum's father-in-law.
David Frum is a close insider with Harper's party and in fact it was on his suggestion that Stockwell Day, then Alliance Party leader, refused to send condolences to the Palestinian people on the death of President Yassir Arafat. "In a November 16 email to his Conservative colleagues Mr. Day stated: "Some of you have asked why I have not released a statement of condolence or sympathy. As you know, there are two sides to the Arafat story. You pick...." He then included in the email an article by David Frum, former speech writer for George W. Bush, indulging in unfounded speculation about the cause of Arafat’s death. Frum suggested that Arafat’s symptoms “sounded AIDS-like.”
Now we know where Harper got his "cut and run" speech that he delivered on his first official visit to Afghanistan. At the time I stated that 'Harper makes a great ventriloquist's dummy, but I think I saw G.W. lips move'. The speech was a condensed version of one given by Bush to the U.S. Naval Academy.
That's what we're going to be up against, though Abrams may regret exposing these people to Kingstonians, and aligning them with his party.
But back to Worthington. This relates to a story I found, written by John Saul, entitled: History Matters South African History. He goes into the story of Worthington and his involvement with the pro-Apartheid movement in the 1980's.
Mr. Saul can relate his story as a member of the anti-Apartheid movement taking place at the same time and through the two books I've been sharing; we can connect Stephen Harper, His Reform Party and his Northern Foundation.
Now for excerpts from:
Two Fronts of Anti-Apartheid Struggle: South Africa and Canada
South African History
May 13, 2009
I have been, for most of my adult life, a student of southern African, including South African, affairs, I was pleased but also intrigued to receive an invitation from Ingrid and the South African Association of Canadian Studies to come to SA to give several talks and seminars in this country (and also to “launch” my most recent book, Empire and Decolonization, as I will do at The Book Lounge on Thursday evening).
But let me also insert parenthetically, right at the outset, what amounts to a personal disclaimer of my own – before I proceed to the more important business of the collaboration between Canada and South Africa in support of apartheid as well as the much more savoury links between (many) Canadians and (most) South Africans in resistance to that system.
To begin with, there are obvious parallels between the two countries, not least in the fact that both Canada and South Africa, as we know them, were targets and outcomes of Western European imperial conquest. True, the histories were somewhat different. In Canada, the indigenous societies, some agrarian-based and others premised on hunting, trapping and a more nomadic existence, were an easy target for something very close to quasi-genocide for much of our early history, and then an extreme form of marginalization more recently.
As Ron Bourgeault, a leading writer on such themes, notes:
And, not surprisingly, he found support for such tricks and for the evil apartheid regime that sponsored them in Canada more widely: there was, in fact, a considerable network of backing for the combination of prejudice and profit that spawned a support for apartheid South Africa in Canada and hence a certain degree of organized pro-apartheid agitation existed, especially amongst the privileged classes.
"For example, a well-researched 1988 article in the western Canadian journal Briarpatch listed a host of right-wing and business-related groups hard at work defending apartheid: the Western Canadian Society of South Africa and the extremely well-connected Canadian-South African Society, for example. Indeed the husband of Canada’s then Governor-General, Jeanne Sauve, was actually a member of the latter until shamed into resigning in 1985.
Moreover, just two weeks ago, Phil Fontaine, the National Chief of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations had an audience with Pope Benedict in the Vatican; there the Pope also apologized for the Church’s participation in various acts of cultural despoliation inflicted upon Native communities in Canada.