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With over 7,000 followers and a recent interview on VICE, Canadians for Donald Trump have loyally stood by President Donald Trump's side since the beginning of his journey to the White House. Here at CEC our support for Mr. Trump is no secret. Election night was a long one for all of us, and with a peak interest in American politics, Canadians should ask themselves how we ought to move forward from here. And so, on the heels of victory, we sit down with Canadians for Donald Trump's spokesman Daniel Erikson to ask what lessons Canadian voters can learn from our American neighbors.
It's a pleasure to have you here representing the many Canadians nation-wide who supported Donald Trump throughout the election. We are all very excited here at CEC about the results and you have our warmest welcome and support. So to start, it's been a long journey to get to the White House. Throughout the campaign, leading up to the election, what were those fundamental reasons that kept you holding on? When you looked at Trump what made you think "this is the guy"?
Canadians for Donald Trump (C4DT): It has been a long journey indeed and the amount of hatred and derision that we have faced due to publicly espousing these views has been interesting indeed. I was an absolute believer in Donald Trump since his official announcement without a moment's hesitation. His message of law and order and economic recovery speaks to the real issues faced by America and the West more broadly.
There's a lot of talk going on about the "silent majority" who came out in droves for the support of Mr. Trump. Do you believe there is a similar underrepresented majority lying in wait in Canada?
C4DT: I think that the most poignant issue highlighted by this election has been the complete rejection of the progressive activist politics. Democrat voters in America have traditionally been blue collar workers who sought better working conditions and organized labor concessions. They found themselves abandoned by a party pursuing radical social issues and identified with the message of getting America back to work. I don't think that there is any question that Canada is feeling the exact same issues currently.
Do you believe Canadians will now more readily discuss what would have been otherwise taboo or politically incorrect issues now that Donald Trump has taken the oval office?
C4DT: For the past several years, the prevailing modus operandi of leftists has been to shout down their detractors and political opponents as racists, sexists, bigots, and xenophobes. This stifles actual discussion and alienates traditional liberals. While us conservatives and nationalists discuss the issues of the day in calm, reasonable, and measured tones. This has the inevitable consequence of making the right more approachable, identifiable and inclusive. I believe that Canada is about to turn to the right as well. Once people in the middle class begin to see Trump's policies succeed in America, it will galvanize the shift.
What are some defining contemporary features that distinguish the Canadian political landscape from that of the United States?
C4DT: Our parliamentary system makes wholesale change more difficult and the larger ideological gulfs based on regional issues diminish social cohesion in Canada. However, if change is not achieved at a national level in short order; I think you will begin to see distinct regional separatist movements throughout the country. We are already seeing the #WEXIT floating around the internet in reference to Western separatism.
With the current majority Liberal government in mind, do you see Canada-US relations improving in the coming years?
C4DT: The unhinged policies of our current government are one of the earliest reasons for our support of Donald Trump. The most important consequence of Trump's administration will be that of a much-needed counterbalance to these policies. Economically, Trump will likely have a net negative effect in the near term. However, if NAFTA is appropriately renegotiated, Canada will become an integral part of the American energy independence. The more important issues in my mind are cultural and social. The renegotiation of trade deals will have security and intelligence requirements attached. Trump has openly stated that he wants to protect the West from radical Islam and its perverting influence on Western culture. Trudeau will be stuck between his ideology of allowing unchecked Muslim immigration and his responsibility to his constituents to safeguard the Canadian economy. If he chooses ideology over economy, he does so at the peril of himself and his party.
There have been many potential Conservative leadership candidates that have been compared to Trump. So can Canadians expect a non-conformist leader like Donald Trump to arise from any existing political entities or do we have to look at an alternative route?
C4DT: There are a number of interesting candidates who have our attention. Kevin O'Leary of course draws the closest parallels as he is a strident, no-nonsense speaker. However, many of his articulated positions are insufficiently nationalistic to satisfy my particular tastes.
Hypothetically, if an anti-establishment leader would surface in Canada, what would be some key policy points they might run on?
C4DT: The issues which are most key in my opinion, especially as a Westerner, would be energy support and development, gun rights, self defense rights, an end to socialist transfer payments, and a veneration of Western values and culture. The current government's pandering to Islamists and providing inroads for Sharia law must be stopped. The current administration's disastrous social programs have made us a laughingstock on the world stage and this trend must be reversed.
This question is on all of our minds: how does a Trump victory affect the average hard working Canadian?
C4DT: In the short term, there is likely to be some negative effects. Our dollar will continue to slide in value as the US dollar strengthens and energy prices remain low. These effects can be addressed by more appropriate trade deals but will take time. Socially and culturally, the grownups have won. The progressive agenda has been routed in America which is the center of culture for the West. We will see a veneration of the family, hard work, the military, and the inherent superiority of traditional Western values.
Going forward from here, what's the next step for "Canadians for Donald Trump"? Are there any plans looming on the horizon?
C4DT: We are currently developing an alternative media platform and continuing to assemble likeminded people who are politically informed and motivated. I think that we will see a dramatic rise in right wing content coming from groups like ours as well as the heroic journalists at Rebel Media. These brave people have put their safety on the line to call out liberal nonsense and social justice policies.
What do you have to say to all of those disenchanted Canadians out there who have no hope or feel left out of Canada's political climate?
C4DT: The left is failing. Their policies and rhetoric have been weighed, measured, and found wanting by people of conscience who are struggling under the weight of outlandish taxation to pay the way for people who call them racists and bigots. Liberals are on notice; those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.
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