Justin Trudeau is a lie.
Canada’s prime minister has confirmed that he’s a calculating chameleon devoid of convictions, who, when the circumstances oblige, is conditioned to star in self-aggrandising photo-ops and spout banal platitudes – all with the sincerity of a model.
Contemporary proof of Trudeau’s flimsy, fraudulent essence got here courtesy of his predictably hackneyed and fatuous response to the grotesque discovery of the stays of 215 Indigenous youngsters in a mass, unmarked grave at an deserted “residential college” in British Columbia.
These kidnapped youngsters are a fraction of the greater than 150,000 Indigenous youngsters who have been, for greater than a century, systematically stolen from their dad and mom, houses and nations, then dressed like dolls and stuffed into internment camps run with navy self-discipline by Catholic zealots the place they suffered disfiguring indignities to thoughts, physique and spirit.
Greater than 6,000 Indigenous youngsters perished in these internment camps – the casualties of spiritual indoctrination, loneliness, illness, neglect, brutality, hunger, and sexual abuse that, taken collectively, constituted state-sanctioned genocide.
When phrase emerged in late Might that the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation had unearthed the mass grave with scores of kids – some as younger as three – buried in it, Trudeau’s first impulse was to hurry to an ephemeral social media platform to share a vapid message when the halting second and decency demanded a critical and solemn response.
“The information that is still have been discovered on the former Kamloops residential college breaks my coronary heart – it’s a painful reminder of that darkish and shameful chapter of our nation’s historical past. I’m fascinated by everybody affected by this distressing information. We’re right here for you,” Trudeau wrote on Twitter on Might 28, cautious to maintain, little question, inside the on-line platform’s 280-character restrict.
It’s essential to deconstruct Trudeau’s astonishingly trite tweet to disclose not solely its signature glibness but additionally this prime minister’s rank, disingenuous nature and historic illiteracy.
That, years later, the stays of tons of of kids have been discovered on the grounds of the internment camp the place they have been persecuted and died alone just isn’t “distressing information”.
It’s, extra precisely, additional proof of the genocide that was and continues to be being dedicated towards Indigenous peoples by white settlers who largely recoil or reject outright the thought of conclusion that Canada’s First Nations have been and stay victims of exactly that: genocide.
This cussed, pervasive denial could account for Trudeau’s perfunctory, cliché-ridden suggestion that the disposal of the our bodies of Indigenous youngsters right into a dirty, sodden pit “breaks my coronary heart” and represents a “painful reminder of that darkish and shameful chapter of our nation’s historical past”.
The genocide perpetrated on Canada’s Indigenous peoples just isn’t, as Trudeau claims, merely a “chapter” within the nation’s “darkish” historical past with a neat, discernible starting and finish.
Moderately, it’s, as one astute parliamentarian has famous, the “total plot” of how evangelical settlers went intentionally and overtly about – beginning earlier than Canada’s Confederation in 1867 – colonising and, if want be, erasing Indigenous peoples and their historical beliefs, customs and traditions as a part of an expressed coverage to “kill the Indian within the youngster”.
Trudeau’s pat insistence that the systemic, typically obliterating cruelty in the direction of Canada’s First Nations is “shameful” implies that almost all Canadians have acknowledged, not to mention accepted any measure of guilt for the horrors inflicted on Indigenous youngsters, ladies and men within the title of God and nation – yesterday, at the moment and tomorrow.
Certainly, it was solely in 2019 that, after some dithering, Trudeau was grudgingly compelled to “settle for” that the nation he leads dedicated genocide however solely with respect to lacking and murdered Indigenous women and girls in current many years.
And this previous week, I think that many Canadians have been too seized with a playoff recreation between two bitter hockey rivals – the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens – to have given greater than passing consideration to “information” of their nation’s culpability within the disappearance of 215 small our bodies right into a mass grave amongst so many different as-yet-undiscovered small our bodies in so many different as-yet-undiscovered mass graves.
As such, no matter “ache” Canadians could have skilled after studying of the do-it-yourself depravity could also be fleeting.
The lengthy, contemptible report, on this rating, is obvious: Trudeau and his duplicitous predecessors have reneged time and again and once more on supposedly sacrosanct guarantees to realize “reconciliation” with and to redress the grinding racism and inhumane outrages visited on Indigenous peoples.
They’ve promised to deal with the persistent lack of entry of Indigenous peoples to scrub consuming water and housing. They’ve promised to deal with the violent abuse and neglect of Indigenous peoples in hospitals. They’ve promised to deal with the imprisonment and suicides of Indigenous peoples in staggering numbers. They’ve promised to deal with the disappearance and murders of Indigenous youngsters and girls in equally staggering numbers. Lastly, they’ve promised to deal with the persevering with trespass and plunder of Indigenous lands.
All of the whereas, in a blatant and appalling act of hypocrisy, Trudeau and firm spent tens of millions battling internment camp survivors in court docket over compensation for the indelible hurt they’ve endured.
Given the litany of lies and deceit, Trudeau’s parting, sometimes insipid greeting-card-like salutation that “We’re right here for you” did little to influence anybody aside from partisans or the gullible that the prime minister or his delinquent authorities is able to provide Canada’s grievously injured Indigenous peoples something greater than vacuous grandiloquent consolation.
Nonetheless, Trudeau is adept at conveying tissue-thin gravitas by contrived, performative shows of empathy.
Recall when this jejune prime minister dropped to 1 knee amid a handy crush of media in alleged solidarity with the anti-racist Black Lives Matter motion within the humiliating aftermath of the printed of a slew of images and video that includes an grownup Trudeau repeatedly donning racist blackface.
So, when Trudeau’s preliminary response to the mass grave’s discovery was faulted as insufficient and unbecoming of the profundity of the monstrous discovering, on cue, he belatedly ordered Canadian flags on the Peace Tower in Ottawa and different federal buildings to be lowered to half-mast.
The symbolic directive was geared toward not solely mollifying his critics but additionally demonstrating that Trudeau and the nation have been unified in grief and remembrance.
It was one other drained, unconvincing efficiency.
A day later, on Might 31, Trudeau ratcheted up his rhetoric, presumably to impress the First Nations “communities” that he, in impact, feels their ache.
“These have been youngsters who deserved to be glad. Most of all, they deserved to be protected. As a dad, I can’t think about what it might really feel wish to have my youngsters taken away from me. And as prime minister, I’m appalled by the shameful coverage that stole Indigenous youngsters from their communities,” he mentioned.
Satirically, Trudeau’s remarks – designed to promote his caring paternal credentials – confirmed a lot about his mendacious character and nauseating double requirements concerning the sanctity of life.
Do not forget that not as soon as throughout Israel’s relentless 11-day bombardment of Gaza in Might that killed 66 youngsters and maimed, traumatised and orphaned so many others – all of whom additionally deserved to be glad and protected – did Trudeau ever say that he was “appalled” by the phobia that Canada’s expensive pal and ally had unleashed, as soon as extra, on besieged Palestinians.
Bear in mind, as effectively, that not as soon as did Trudeau commiserate as a “dad” with grieving Palestinian moms and dads who, as soon as extra, needed to courageous (not think about) their little kids being “taken away” abruptly and violently by a ruthless, occupying military intent on prosecuting a “shameful coverage” of apartheid.
Although they’re separated by time and distance, that is the inescapable reality that binds youngsters killed by Israel within the jail often known as occupied Palestine with Indigenous youngsters killed by Canada within the prisons as soon as often known as “residential colleges”: their killers thought of the kids disposable.
Trudeau won’t ever, in fact, admit this reality as a result of he prefers, as a substitute, to spin agreeable, picture-postcard-pretty myths about who and what he’s.
The views expressed on this article are the writer’s personal and don’t essentially mirror Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.