Canada, under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, has positioned itself as a global advocate for progressive policies. In my latest documentary featured in The Telegraph, I embarked on a journey to the former British colony to delve into how Canadians are coping with Trudeau’s far-reaching reforms. These encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from the introduction of gender ideology in schools, the legalization of various drugs, the enactment of stringent suicide laws, to restrictions on freedom of expression.
This investigation commenced in Vancouver, renowned for its liberal ethos. In this city, possession of up to 2.5 grams of hard drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl, has been decriminalized as part of a three-year experiment launched earlier this year. While the goal was to combat the ongoing opioid crisis, the stark reality is that vast tent encampments now line the streets, inhabited by disoriented individuals consumed by drug addiction.
While filming on Hastings Street, infamous for being the epicenter of Vancouver’s homelessness crisis, I personally witnessed a shirtless man injecting a needle into his arm just a few feet away. Although not as dire as some situations in San Francisco, where my cameraman and I faced hostility from frustrated individuals experiencing homelessness, the scenes were undeniably jarring.
The city’s streets aren’t solely populated by the homeless. Chris Elston, also known as Billboard Chris online, actively opposes the imposition of gender ideology on children, whether through the educational system or through medical interventions to facilitate gender transitions in young adults. As his moniker suggests, Chris roams Vancouver wearing signs that challenge gender ideology, sparking animated discussions with passersby, which he documents on YouTube.
Our crew had the privilege of accompanying Chris on one of his walks, during which we encountered many Canadians deeply concerned about the use of puberty blockers in children and the inclusion of biological men in women’s sports. Naturally, we faced some opposition, mostly in the form of shouts or gestures. It seems that Canadian politeness has its limits.
One particularly confrontational individual, tall and irate, fixated on the peculiar message that he identified as “queer.”
Canada’s social revolution extends to its progressive euthanasia laws. In 2016, the Liberal Party passed legislation allowing assisted suicide for terminally ill Canadians, and next year, it will be expanded to encompass those grappling with mental health issues. As religiosity wanes across Canada and the liberal values of “bodily autonomy” and “personal freedom” reach their logical conclusion, a new societal paradigm is emerging. Dr. Konia Trouton, an advocate for euthanasia, shared with me, “We are an organized society, but within that organization, we must allow for some freedoms and opportunities. This is not a communist system where we can attempt to rein that in.” The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition estimates that 13,500 individuals chose state-assisted suicide last year.
To counter the spread of wokeism, a robust opposition party is crucial. Historically, Canada’s Conservatives have struggled to effectively challenge Trudeau, but their recently elected leader, Pierre Poilievre, has injected new vigor into the party. While some still question Poilievre’s conservative credentials, his strategy appears to be gaining traction; a recent poll indicated a twelve-point lead for his party over Trudeau’s Liberals.
However, the most impactful opponents of Canada’s social transformation have not necessarily emerged from political ranks but from ordinary citizens. Our documentary showcases these courageous individuals, including Dr. Jordan Peterson, arguably one of Canada’s most prominent figures globally, after the country’s leader.
Throughout my journey, I encountered everyday people deeply troubled by Canada’s leniency towards drug dealers, its erosion of freedom of expression, its advocacy for gender ideology in education, and its willingness to permit the termination of its citizens’ lives. Yet, amid these disheartening stories of job loss and government pressure, there were equally uplifting accounts of resilience. While Canada serves as a cautionary tale for the West, it also offers glimmers of hope through the brave individuals fighting for their freedoms.