A member of Parliament from the New Democratic Party of Canada called on other politicians to unanimously “condemn” Fox News host Tucker Carlson for “incendiary, anti-democratic language,” but was immediately met with a chorus of “nay” when the speaker of the House asked the other members about his motion.
MP Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre) was referring to Carlson’s remarks that the United States should “liberate Canada” on a recent episode of “Tucker Carlson Today.”
“Why should we stand back and let our biggest trading partner, which we share the longest border …” Carlson remarked before adding that he loves Canada and its “natural beauty.” “Why should we let it become Cuba, why don’t we liberate it?” Carlson continued.
“We’re spending all this money to liberate Ukraine from the Russians; why are we not sending an armed force north to liberate Canada from Trudeau? And I mean it,” he concluded.
u201cWatch: Tucker Carlson talking about Canada says, u201cWe’re spending all this money to liberate Ukraine from the Russians, why are we not sending an armed force north to liberate Canada from Trudeau? And, I mean it.u201du201d
— The Canadian Independent (@The Canadian Independent)
In response, Green announced in Canadian Parliament that he had consulted with other members of the government before saying he believed he would garner “unanimous consent” on his motion.
“If you seek it, I believe you will find unanimous consent for the following motion,” he began. “That given the rise of far-right and associated violent extremism led to the attempted insurrection in the United States, the House condemns recent comments made by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, in which he suggests U.S. armed forces liberate Canada from the current prime minister,” Green announced.
The speaker of the House then rose, asking “all those opposed to honorable member moving the motion, please say ‘nay’.”
After an array of “nay” responses, the speaker of the House immediately replied, “I’m afraid we don’t have unanimous consent.”
— Yanky (@Yanky)
“That kind of language is exactly what lead to the failed violent Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington,” said Green in an official statement.
“Tucker’s brand of hate isn’t welcome in Canada and elected officials — regardless of their political party — have an obligation to call that out,” he added.
The left-wing politician also said that he feels “disinformation that fuels violence” or otherwise undermines “trust in democratic institutions” needs to be taken seriously and rejected.
Calling Carlson’s remarks “divisive” and “outrageous,” Green added that he hoped all members of Parliament would stand together and say that such “garbage” would not be tolerated or normalized in the country.
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