Here at the University of Regina, there is a left-leaning bias that is so strong that it is a complete anomaly to even hear a fiscally conservative perspective. From the course material taught in the classroom, to the social climate outside of the classroom, the roots of leftist ideology runs deep. Outside of these doors, however, things get flipped completely on their head. Yes, roughly 30 per cent of our population are vocal advocates of the NDP, but over 56 per cent are not.
According to the CBC, over 56 per cent of this province supports the same political party that I do – the Saskatchewan Party. However, despite the fact that Saskatchewan Party supporters vastly outnumber the opposition, Saskatchewan Party supporters are often far more timid to assertively state their views. The main reason for this is the methodical misrepresentation and demonization of the political right. Saskatchewan’s center-right population is bombarded with cries of cronyism, allegations of apathy, and schoolyard name-calling on a daily basis. Examples of this can be seen everywhere, from day-to-day political interactions online and in person, to gargantuan smear campaigns claiming that our premier is somehow a ‘racist’. It’s time that we openly call out this erroneous and malicious misrepresentation of political perspective, misconstruing of moral fortitude, and social coercion that is the social demonization of the political right in this province.
By far, the largest blatantly ignorant and logically inconsistent attack of character is the implied association of cultural and fiscal conservatism. As I wrote in my last article, social conservatism is something that I openly and enthusiastically oppose in every scenario. I am a proud women’s rights advocate, a strong LGBT+ rights advocate, and am a vocal opponent to the war on drugs. In short, I, like so many on the political right in this province, am a social liberal. The implication that the political right and political center in this province (and by extension, the Saskatchewan Party) are socially and culturally conservative entities is simply fallacious and deceitful. Would a socially conservative government proudly fly the pride flag in front of their provincial building? Would a socially conservative government boast the largest immigration rates in Saskatchewan history with pride? Would a socially conservative party run on a platform that doesn’t include a single social issue? I think not. The association of Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party with the toxic and socially backwards underpinnings of the American right is completely unfounded and slanderous.
Another accusation of the political left that holds no water is that the Saskatchewan Party is simply an agent of constant cuts and divestment in public services; this could not be farther from the truth. With historic investments in infrastructure, health care, disability support, youth retention, and senior citizen support services, the ‘political right’ has been awfully accountable to meeting and exceeding the needs of the underprivileged; and when compared to the truly dismal NDP record of years past, it becomes immediately obvious which party is most capable of caring for the vulnerable in our society, while still keeping as much of our hard earned money in our own pockets as possible. A related implication is that the political right in this province is made up of only the financially privileged in our society; by implying such a thing, the political left is inherently implying that 56 per cent of our province are part of the 1 per cent. At the very least, they are implying that 56 per cent of the population are so mind-bogglingly stupid that they are voting for a party that exists for the sole purpose of working against their interests. Yet again, the political left’s ability to do basic arithmetic when it comes to their implications is utterly nonexistent.
The final category of slander that is laid against the political right in this province is what I like to call the ‘totally and utterly unfounded and ridiculous’ category. Namely, the persistent and slanderous accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia directed at the political right in this province. The association of these claims with fiscal conservatism is an idea so factually inaccurate, morally repugnant, and historically ignorant, that it is absolutely bewildering (and terrifying) that people still regularly make this correlation. The fact that the political right in this province is made up of people from every race, gender, and religion doesn’t even occur to the types of people who launch these types of attacks. Since they see the world through such a warped ideological perspective, they are unable to recognize the observable fact that their claims are simply ridiculous and have no basis in reality. This type of claim more eloquently showcases the malicious agenda of the political left than any other; and it clearly demonstrates that the political left sees facts and reason as mere obstacles in their path towards ideological realization.
Ahead of the upcoming election, it is time for the political right to fight back against these persistent character attacks; and it’s time that we stop tolerating these types of accusations, and stop taking the people who make them seriously. The best way to fight against a bully is to stand your ground and let them know that their words can’t hurt you. My challenge for those of you that feel intimidated about sharing your political views for fear of attack is to do one simple thing. It’s time to stand up to the political bullying of the left, and to assert the fact that fiscal conservatism is not something to be ashamed of, and that voting for the NDP doesn’t make you cooler, kinder, or more compassionate. On the contrary, voting for a government that will continue to push our province forward into the modern global economy is something that nobody should be ashamed of. Rather, we should be proud to support the Saskatchewan Party, and proud to be brave enough to stand up to the ideological bullies on this campus that want to stifle discussion through name calling.