EDITORIAL: It’s a cold, cold climate change

Yes. Climate change is real.

And we are experiencing it, just the beginnings it seems, in the Town of Princeton, and in British Columbia, and across Canada.

It’s important to reverse the effects now, before we start melting into the United States.

This is a political and social climate change, created by noxious gas, and it is affecting the way we live.

Last week Black Press’ Kelowna Capital News team broke the story of a racist social media post that appeared on the Facebook Page of the Okanagan Conservatives.

The post suggested that federal Liberal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan got his job because of affirmative action. It was attached to a story from the Ottawa Journal that was being shared and talked about Sajjan not having answers concerning a Canadian Armed Forces flight to Greece and Latvia last year which included a number of civilian, non-political “VIPs” who were reportedly drunk on the flight.

The Facebook post comment was: “This is what happens when you have a cabinet based on affirmative action.”

The post, which has been taken down, was criticized by both Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MP Stephen Fuhr and Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola Conservative MP Dan Albas, and members of the public.

Albas also apologized to Sajjan on behalf of Okanagan Conservatives.

It’s just the tip of the polar ice cap.

With the federal election still a year off, the right is ramping up anti-immigration rhetoric, and the left is pitching identity politics and overplaying the “you are so mean” card.

Any of this sound familiar?

Canadians are becoming increasingly intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them. Based on what is said and written, we are also losing our manners.

More and more alternative news platforms are being read and shared as legitimate sources of information.

Be careful when scrolling through local Facebook discussion groups. Garbage is everywhere.

We are caring less about facts and truth, but run to embrace narratives which support our own ideas.

Last week Conservative Andrew Scheer accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of treating Canadian people as “the enemy.”

Yeah. The e-word has been thrown down.

It’s easy to say “don’t get caught up in it.”

But it’s pretty hard to not get caught up.

Think critically and discuss issues, not personalities. Don’t resort to labels, and practice acceptance.

We are Canadians.

We are a nice country.

We can watch American television shows and even drink their milk.

But we don’t have to play their politics.

-The Similkameen Spotlight.

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