A big wave just rolled in south of our border. It's a wave that threatens freedom and democracy around the world.
But there's something we can do to stand in the way of that threat and defeat it.
Our job is to protect Canada.
Canada must remain a beacon of hope as one of the strongest democracies in the world. Through the Canadian Human Rights Act, we have the power to keep Canada moderate, inclusive and sane. We must embrace and vigorously defend a Constitution that promotes peace, tolerance and good governance.
Let's embrace this law and defend all of our legislation and values that make hate speech illegal.
Let's avoid tilting to extremes by keeping our education system strong and accessible.
Let's use the human rights act to protect Canadian institutions and values from the racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and hatred that fueled Trump's rise, even as those hateful words easily cross the border through the internet.
In Canada, immigrants are encouraged to bring their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens. pic.twitter.com/MOuStZbSX7— Canada (@Canada) November 9, 2016
And please, let's defeat any movement to provide the old media outlets with an even more unregulated environment in which to gluttonously pursue traffic generated by sexism, racism and hateful bluster
"Democracy cannot survive too much ignorance," Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter said in a prescient 2012 interview. How right he was.
Let's protect Canada's public schools and keep excellent universities affordable so we can remain a society smart about civics and world affairs.
Above all else, let's take care of our social safety net and cultivate the tolerance for which Canada is known and loved.
'You're our last hope,' a friend living in New York City wrote to me last night about Canada. Of course there are other great democracies in Europe, and there's Australia and others. But whether that's an idealized notion of Canada or not, it's how we're often perceived. Let's live up to it by engaging even more strongly in politics, not counting on others to do so.
At the end of the day, it's up to each individual to make a democracy work. We ALL need to be involved and to show up.
Let's not give in to complacency or existential despair. Yes, our votes still matter. It appears that only around 51% percent of eligible voters voted yesterday in the U.S. That's just wrong. Democracies depend on full participation.
We shape the future by participating in the present. Lean in. Run for office. Offer your skills to your community.
If you see something going off the rails, raise your voice. Write elected officials. Tell them about the kind of Canada you believe in. We have the tools.
Let's use them.
I'll leave you with some words of hope from an American friend.
Terrence Meck writes to those in shock this morning, "There are many lessons to be learned from this journey. And until they become clear, we cannot afford to live in anger and fear. We must listen, breathe, heal and live fully. Don't sit back and sulk. Sit up, take notice and take action. With hearts open we must move on. The path looks uncertain this morning, but there is a path for all to dream, live and love. Don't lose sight of this, as we must move forward. Too much is at stake. Keep fighting for the world we want to live in. Love will win."