This article was written by Anthony Furey and appeared in the Post Media Network
Over the weekend a conference with attendees from all walks of life was disrupted by a group of angry young white people.
No, they weren’t neo-Nazis or white supremacists. They were the storm troopers of the new activist left.
The day-long conference held at University of Toronto was hosted by Generation Screwed, the student wing of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The themes were debt and free speech. Hardly provocative stuff.
Yet in the days leading up to it we were warned – I was a speaker – that security was being brought in due to threats of potentially violent protests.
The big morning speech was by Professor Jordan Peterson, who talked about modernism vs. post-modernism. While it touched upon the political climate of the day, it was academic and far from pitch-fork worthy.
Later, economic conservative voices and occasional Sun columnists Colin Craig, Sean Speer and Ben Eisen spoke about government debt and deficits. It was all numbers, spreadsheets and debt-to-GDP ratio talk.
Then it was time for yours truly to take the podium. My speech touched upon how the political centre has veered far to the left since the 1990s, when the likes of Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Jean Chretien embraced a sensible hybrid of right and left values.
Because of this alarming shift, even moderate conservatives are now abused and vilified. My advice to attendees on how to survive today's zany political climate was to take the high road and sell the positive motivations behind their views.
A particular point I make as often as I can is that Canadian values matter precisely so we can have something that unifies us all, regardless of our race, gender, sexuality, etc. It’s better than getting ensnared in a cesspool of moral and cultural relativism.
But not long after I spoke, a bunch of white kids stormed the building, flipped furniture and shouted angrily and nonsensically about fascism and racism towards a peaceful and friendly group of racially diverse people.
The last speaker of the day, Ezra Levant, had to give his remarks outside in the cold because these agitators, some masked, pulled fire alarms.
Luckily, it didn’t get as bad as incidents we've seen in the U.S., where leftist hooligans go after happy warriors. But blocks away in front of the U.S. consulate something more troubling was underway.
At an anti-Trump rally, Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Yusra Khoghali took the mic. She wouldn’t celebrate the trending hashtag #PrayforQuebecCity because, she claimed, “Quebec City is a white supremacist settler colony.” Then she explained “Justin Trudeau is a white supremacist terrorist”.