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保守党承诺设立针对“野蛮文化习俗”的热线电话 587位学者谴责此举超越政客操守底线

来源:The Due Course   更新:2015-10-19 05:09:49   作者:587位学者

(编者按:在联邦大选竞选期间,保守党宣布当选后将设立热线电话,专门接受关于“野蛮文化习俗”的报警和投诉。587位学者发表公开信,批此竞选手法超越了政客操守的底线。)

Open letter regarding Conservative Party campaign tactics

We are a diverse group of academics with different political views and different political allegiances. We are united by a common interest in the integrity of democratic processes and a concern about the ugly and dangerous turn we have recently witnessed in the election campaign. In democratic electoral politics there is an ethical line that distinguishes spirited partisan strategy from cynical tactics that betray the values of mutual respect and toleration that lie at the heart of civil democratic discourse. Honourable politicians do not cross that line even when they think doing so will be politically advantageous. Disreputable politicians ignore the line when they find it convenient to do so.

The Conservative Party under Stephen Harper has already come perilously close to this line by suggesting that religion is an appropriate basis to select refugees and by fanning fears of terrorism as a pretext for revoking citizenship from some Canadians. Distinguishing ‘old-stock’ Canadians from new ones was also divisive and problematic. Increasingly, the Conservatives seem to have been opting for a particularly nasty form of “wedge politics”.

However, by injecting the inflammatory rhetoric of ‘barbaric cultural practices’ into the current campaign, the Conservative Party has flagrantly crossed the line. The repeated use of this phrase along with a proposed tip line to root out undesirables are cynically calculated to distract and divide citizens by insinuating that some law abiding and peaceful members of the community are freedom-hating barbarians who threaten Canadian society. The Conservatives know that Canada faces no such threat and that the vast majority of citizens, irrespective of their religious commitments or cultural backgrounds, embrace the basic rights and liberties upon which our democracy is based. By conjuring up a phantom menace to the country and implying that some immigrants and religious minorities are enemies, the Conservatives hope to pit Canadians against one another. Like many sophisticated forms of vicious propaganda, the invocation of barbarism is meant to create fear and anxiety rather than to identify a real problem.

We enjoy the rule of law in Canada and it requires the equal application of the law. Those who break the law should be treated within a common system of criminal justice. A special mechanism that targets some minorities for extra scrutiny is as unnecessary as it is odious. The devious strategists who have devised this campaign know that their objectives are not well served by employing racist or anti-religious epithets, so they ask us to imagine unspecified but supposedly real barbarians. So we are encouraged to demonize those who are different from ourselves and whose religious or cultural practices we do not share or understand. In the present context, this is hate mongering, and it has no place in Canadian democracy.

We do not deny that there is room to discuss and debate how contemporary democracies should respond to religious, cultural and linguistic pluralism. Indeed, Canadian legal and political theory is at the forefront of exploring such matters. But a common point of departure for these debates and discussions is a commitment to civility, decency and toleration. Toleration does not require that one like or endorse the cultural or religious practices of others, but it does require that we refrain from insulting the dignity of those with whom we disagree. The Conservatives have shown contempt for a politics of mutual respect. We condemn the unethical Conservative strategy that brings shame to Canadian politics. We hope that Canadians will join us in repudiating the politics of hate. Instead let us embrace a nobler vision of civil discourse that is truly oriented to achieving the common good for all Canadians.

 

Signed,

 

Daniel Weinstock, Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Colin Macleod, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Faculty of Law, Victoria University

Jocelyn Maclure, Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University Laval

Avigail Eisenberg, Professor, Department of Political Science, Victoria University

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Adam Sneyd Associate Professor Political Science University of Guelph

Adele Perry Professor History University of Manitoba

Adelle Blackett Full Professor Faculty of Law McGill University

Adriana Benzaquen Associate Professor History Mount Saint Vincent University

Adrienne Sehatzadeh Instructional Designer Centre for Learning and Teaching Dalhousie University

Afua Cooper Associate Professor Sociology & Social Anthropology Dalhousie University

Ailsa Craig Associate Professor Sociology Memorial University

Ailsa M.Watkinson Professor Social Work University of Regina

Ajay Parasram Doctoral Candidate Political Science Carleton University

Alain-G. Gagnon Professor Political Science University of Quebec in Montreal

Alana Klein Assistant Professor Faculty of Law McGill University

Alex Khasnabish Associate Professor Sociology & Anthropology Mount Saint Vincent University

Alexander Dawson Professor History Simon Fraser University

Alexandra Dobrowolsky Professor Political Science Saint Mary’s University

Alistair Macleod Professor Emeritus Philosophy Queen’s University

Allan Greer Professor History McGill University

Allan Manson Professor Law Queen’s University

Allan Moscovitch Professor Social Work Carleton University

Amal Ghazal Associate Professor History Dalhousie University

Amanda Goodman Assistant Professor Dept. for the Study of Religion University of Toronto

Amarnath Amarasingam SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow Resilience Research Centre Dalhousie University

Amy Bell Associate Professor History Huron University College

Amy Bombay Assistant Professor Psychiatry Dalhousie University

Amy Mullin Professor Philosophy University of Toronto

André Magnan Associate Professor Sociology and Social Studies University of Regina

Andreas Motsch Associate Professor French University of Toronto

Andrew Biro Professor Politics Acadia University

Andrew G. Horn PhD Department of Biology Dalhousie University

Andrew M. Wender Assistant Teaching Professor Political Science, History, and Religious Studies University of Victoria

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Andrew O’Malley Associate Professor English Ryerson University

Andrew Rippin Professor Emeritus History University of Victoria

Angus Taylor Continuing Sessional Instructor Philosophy University of Victoria

Ann McDougall Professor History and Classics University of Alberta

Anna Guttman Professor English Lakehead University

Anna Skorzewska Assistant Professor Medicine University of Toronto

Annalee Lepp Associate Professor Women’s Studies University of Victoria

Annalee Yassi Professor School of Population and Public Health University of British Columbia

Anne Fleming Associate Professor Creative Studies University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Anne-Marie D'Aoust Assistant Professor Political Science University of Quebec in Montreal

Towards Hermon Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism and the Rule of Law Law University of Toronto

Arash Abizadeh Associate Professor Political Science McGill University

Arlene McLaren Professor Emeritus Sociology and Anthropology Simon Fraser University

Audrey Kobayashi Professor Geography Queen’s University

Audrey Macklin Professor and Chair in Human Rights Law University of Toronto

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Avi Goldberg Teacher of Sociology Social and Cultural Sciences Vanier College

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Brian Cowan Canada Research Chair in Early Modern British History History & Classical Studies McGill University

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Brian Lewis Professor History McGill University

Brishkai Lund Adjunct Professor Women’s Studies University of Victoria

Bryan Peeler Instructor Political Studies University of Manitoba

C. Lesley Biggs Associate Professor History and Women’s and Gender Studies University of Saskatchewan

Carl Bouchard Associate Professor History Universite de Montreal

Carla Fehr Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, Associate Professor Philosophy University of Waterloo

Carman Miller Professor Emeritus History McGill University

Carmel okeefe Instructor Health Professions Dalhousie University

Carol Schick Associate Professor Faculty of Education University of Regina

Caroline Andrew Professor Emeritus Governance Centre University of Ottawa

Carolyn Bassett Associate Professor Political Science University of New Brunswick

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Catherine Donovan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Memorial University

Catherine Kellogg Associate Professor Political Science University of Alberta

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Cecilia Morgan Professor Curriculum, Teaching and Learning University of Toronto

Charles Taylor Professor Emeritus Philosophy McGill University

Charmain Levy Professor Social Scienes Université du Québec en Outaouais

Chike Jeffers Associate Professor Philosophy Dalhousie University

Chris Beyers Associate Professor International Development Studies Trent University

Christabelle Sethna Associate Professor Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies University of Ottawa

Christian Nadeau Professor Philosophy Montreal university

Christiane Lahaie Full Professor Letters and communications University of Sherbrooke

Christina Baade Associate Professor Communication Studies and Multimedia McMaster University

Christina Luckyj Professor English Dalhousie University

Christine Boyle Professor Emeritus Law University of British Columbia

Christine Daigle Full Professor Philosophy Brock University

Christine teaser Professor Philosophy Carleton University

Christine Logel Assistant Professor Social Development Studies University of Waterloo

Christine Straehle Associate Professor Graduate School of Public and International Affairs University of Ottawa

Christopher John ‘nob’ Doran Professor Social Sciences University of New Brunswick

Colin Coates Associate Professor Canadian Studies Glendon College, York University

Coll Thrush Associate Professor History University of British Columbia

Colleen O'Manique Associate Professor Gender & Women’s Studies/International Development Studies Trent University

Corrie Scott Assistant professor Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies University of Ottawa

Courtney Jung Professor Political Science University of Toronto

Cristina Rojas Full Professor Political Science Carleton University

Cynthia Alexander Full Professor Department of Political Studies Acadia University

Daniel return Assistant Professor History University of Ottawa

Dario Perinetti Associate Professor Philosophy University of Quebec in Montreal

Darlene Juschka Associate Professor Women’s and Gender Studies University of Regina

David Alper Professor Social Work Université de Saint-Boniface

David Brackett Associate Professor Music Research McGill University

David DeVidi Professor Philosophy University of Waterloo

David G. Smith Associate Professor Anthropology University of Toronto

David Grondin Associate Professor School of Political Studies University of Ottawa

David Hunter Associate Professor Philosophy Ryerson University

David Jefferess Associate Professor Cultural Studies Program University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

David Kahane Professor Political Science University of Alberta

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David Leahy Part-Time Faculty English Studies and interculculturels University of Sherbrooke

David Meren Assistant Professor Department of History Montreal university

David Scott Associate Professor Philosophy University of Victoria

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David Webster Associate Professor History Bishop’s University

Dayna McLeod Assistant Professor Department of Communication Studies Concordia University

Debra J. Davidson Professor Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology University of Alberta

Debra Parkes Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) Faculty of Law University of Manitoba

Denis Smith Professor Emeritus Political Science University of Western Ontario

Denise L. Spitzer Professor Instiute of Feminist and Gender Studies University of Ottawa

Denise Reaume Professor Law University of Toronto

Desmond Morton Professor Emeritus History and Canadian Studies McGill University

Diane Lamoureux Full Professor Science politique Laval University

Dianne Pothier Professor Emeritus Schulich School of Law Dalhousie University

Dimitrios harsh Associate Professor Political Studies University of Ottawa

Dominique Bourque Associate Professor Institute of feminist ans gender studies University of Ottawa

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Dominique Leydet Professor Philosophy University of Quebec in Montreal

Dominique Masson Full Professor Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies University of Ottawa

Don Stuart Professor Law Queen’s University

Donald Galloway Professor Faculty of Law University of Victoria

Donald Goellnicht Professor English & Cultural Studies McMaster University

Donna Young Assistant Professor Anthropology University of Toronto

Doris R. Jakobsh Associate Professor Religious Studies University of Waterloo

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Douglas Barbour Professor Emeritus English & Film Studies University of Alberta

Eddy Ng Professor Rowe School of Business Dalhousie University

Edith Snook Professor English University of New Brunswick

Edward Andrew Professor Emeritus Political Science University of Toronto

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