It looks like the Conservatives just got a little taste of culture shock this election season.
Last week, the Tories announced a new host of promises aimed at ending barbaric cultural practices here at home and around the world. Among them included a “targeted program” to prevent child and forced marriages in war torn areas, which is great. That definitely seems like a notable cause.
But many Canadians raised an eyebrow when they heard the second promise: An RCMP tip line which ordinary citizens could use to report incidences of barbaric cultural practices or to “notify authorities that a child or woman is at risk of being victimized” if they ever see it themselves.
Well apparently, many Canadians have. And we’re sure the Conservatives are regretting not handling this a little differently right about now.
Speaking of women at risk of being victimized…
— Barbara Low (@BarbaraXLow) October 2, 2015
The Conservatives were quickly reminded about Canada’s history:
— Ben Powless (@BenPowless) October 2, 2015
#BarbaricCulturalPractices = Indian Act
— Tanya Kappo (@Nehiyahskwew) October 2, 2015
Soon people were calling the government out for anything they deemed “barbaric”:
— election dai (@daibyday) October 2, 2015
Even if it meant singling out specific candidates:
There were even some comments about the niqab:
— Susan Delacourt (@SusanDelacourt) October 3, 2015
And racial equality:
Still, others took a more light-hearted approach:
leaving like a centimeter of milk in the bag cause you’re too lazy to change it #BarbaricCulturalPractices
— twoey for real (@actualtwoey) October 2, 2015
that guy at the party who starts playing the acoustic guitar even though no one fucking asked #BarbaricCulturalPractices
— anupa (@_anupa) October 2, 2015
— Siusaidh Chaimbeul (@Zaganashikwe) October 2, 2015
It looks like whoever ends up running the tip line will certainly have their work cut out for them.