So the American fanatics who recently turned back the clock 50 years? They are are just getting started. They are bent on turning America into a totalitarian state. First the rights of pregnant women. Next those of gays, of non-whites, you get the idea. Think Germany — not of the 1940s and full-blown Nazism but of the 1930s and the rise of fascism.

And Canada? Well, we are cast in the role of 1930s France. You remember: the peaceable country that got invaded, occupied and abused by its far-more-powerful neighbour?

During the rise of the Nazis, any number of journalists sounded the alarm. The American Dorothy Parker. The Canadian Matthew Halton. What is that saying? Something about how, when History doesn’t repeat, it rhymes.

On July 1, Canadians should be rallying around the great bulwark that IS this country, CANADA, which was created largely in response to sabre-rattling south of the border.  So what are we doing? How are we preparing?

Well, on the right, we have a lunacy of fascist yahoos heading for Ottawa to celebrate their own ignorance and stupidity.

On the left, we have self-appointed identity-politicians proclaiming that we should erase the word “Canada” from Canada Day. . . and maybe, while we’re at it, knock down another statue or two.

Here in Quebec City, where I chance to be writing, we have a nationalist provincial government determined to turn Quebec, slowly but surely, into an ethnic state. Have I missed anyone?

I don’t know for sure, but I am wondering if it isn’t time for all the destructive nay-sayers to stand down? Canada is not a perfect country, never will be — but it IS an extraordinary one. Some of us would argue that it is the best country in the world.

This much is certain: it is far and away the best bulwark we have to defend against the devastating human-rights cyclone whirling our way out of the south.

Wake up, people, to the greatness that is Canada! July 1? Happy Wake-Up-to-Canada Day!





  1. Bernard Wood on June 28, 2022 at 10:52 am

    To me appropriately muscular and right, after seeing life in 75 other countries!

    • Ken McGoogan on June 28, 2022 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks, Bernard. I do so enjoy that we are on the same wavelength!

  2. Jo-Ann Roberts on June 29, 2022 at 9:09 am

    I fear you’re right and in good company with Matthew Halton and Dorothy Parker, but that is bittersweet consolation. Keep shouting Ken, no matter how many times the publishers hit the snooze button.

    • Linda L Richards on June 30, 2022 at 3:25 am

      What she said. And absolutely!

    • Corinne on July 5, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      I agree

  3. Ken McGoogan on June 29, 2022 at 9:39 am

    Thanks, Jo-Ann. You know I can’t help it!

  4. Virginia Heffernan on June 29, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Thanks, Ken. If there was ever a time for a little patriotism, this is it.

    • Bob Bettson on June 29, 2022 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Ken. I realized the depth of the false narrative.when I drove through Shelburne, Ontario on a sunny Saturday and passed a demonstration with Canadian flags and freedom banners. They were gathered outside town offices. Mostly younger people and trying to attract attain of passing cars. It has been to look at a Canafian flag the same way since.

  5. Mardy Langford on June 29, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    You hit the nail on the head. What is in store for our grand children? And what can we do now to protect our wonderful freedoms?

  6. Sid Tafler on June 29, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Brilliant insight, Ken. I’m no expert, but would be to lend advice of getting your mss. published.

    • Sid Tafler on June 29, 2022 at 9:03 pm


  7. Ian Coutts on June 29, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    I agree with you that Canada should be praised. It is a great country. I have to say, though, I don’t buy the collapse of the U.S. thing. My spider sense says that if more than three Canadian journalists predict something bad is going to happen in the U.S., then it almost certainly won’t. I say that as someone who remembers the grim predictions of the late 1960s.

    BTW. Re: the book. I am afraid, judging from my own experience, that the big guys have given up on classic Canadian non-fiction. Have you tried Biblioasis or Sutherland House?

  8. Barry Nelson on June 30, 2022 at 10:20 am

    You are about 100% correct, Ken.

  9. Donna Morrissey on July 5, 2022 at 5:44 am

    Did I just write that??? My thoughts exactly!!!I’m sooo mad!

  10. Jill ROBINSON on July 2, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for this, Ken!

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