CANADA NEWS: How’s that for attention-grabbing political oratory? In a speech in the U.S. House of Representatives, Glen Grothman of Wisconsin stated that Canada and other countries are less successful then the United States. The Republican proposed a theory as to why these countries are failing. “
Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman from Wisconsin speaks outside the U.S. Capitol in June 2021. Grothman said on Thursday that cultural differences make it less successful in other countries than the United States. ( Jacquelyn Martin/The Associated Press)
This item is part of Watching Washington, a regular dispatch from CBC News correspondents reporting on U.S. politics and developments that affect Canadians.
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How’s this for an attention-grabbing bit of political oratory, delivered in the United States House of Representatives? Wisconsin Republican, Glenn Grothman, stated that Canada and many other countries are less successful than the United States. He also offered his explanation for why these countries are failing .”
Rep. Glenn Grothman believes it is because of cultural divides. He says that Canada’s cultural divisions include language. He also lumped it with a long list he called “failed countries”.
“I never felt Canada was quite as successful as America,” he began in his Nov. 16 speech. “[That’s] Because, in a certain degree, their elections pitted French speakers against English speakers. “
He went on to say it’s true in lots of other places, including the continent of Africa that contains 54 countries: “You look at elections in the Middle East, and it is the Sunnis against the Shiites. If you look at African elections, it’s one tribe against the other. “
In other words, they are unable to decide what money should be spent on national defense, what roads policy, or what criminal justice policy is appropriate or how long to jail sentences.
No, elections in these countries are a contest between one ethnic group and another. “
CANADA NEWS: What’s the context
Grothman was speaking against the big budget bill that Democrats are hoping to pass through Congress, and he complained that it includes spending measures aimed at minority communities.
He suggested that this bill is part of a conspiracy to pit racial communities against each other in a long-term Marxist strategy of taking over America.
Grothman, one of the more conservative members of the Republican conference, is a former state politician elected four times to the U.S. House of Representatives.
CANADA NEWS: What’s next
The bill is likely to pass the House of Representatives any day.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of the Canadian government aren’t happy with one of its provisions affecting electric vehicle production and are hoping it might be modified before it eventually passes the Senate.
As for tribal divisions affecting politics, Grothman voted against an inquiry into the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, when his place of work was attacked by a mob seeking to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power after an election.
That inquiry’s work is ongoing.
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