This MP is none other than Justin Trudeau, the son of Pierre. Apparently the Candian government releases a guide titled “Discover Canada” that is used as official preparation material for the citizenship test. The guide includes the following passage:
Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, “honour killings”, female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.
Me? I would have pressed them to include a word like, say, “Islamic,” as this sentence is not included for the sake of incoming Buddhists. Trudeau zigged where reality zags, however — he didn’t like “barbaric,” and would have preferred “completely unacceptable.”
Mark Steyn weighs in:
I suppose one should be relieved that he absolutely accepts that it’s absolutely unacceptable. The trouble is, as your average honor killer or clitoridectomist around the planet well understands, “absolutely unacceptable” is Liberal Weeniepants-speak for “we entirely accept it”.
Trudeau later backtracked with a bunch of tweets. But not until after he wrote this one:
My problem with the use of the word barbaric is that it was chosen to reassure Canadians rather than actually change unacceptable behaviours.
Leftism: confronting barbarism with a thesaurus.