And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” – Matthew 12: 49, 50

Today, during a public demonstration, I gave the Roman Salute to a cenotaph in the center of my town. This gesture seems to have (unsurprisingly) “ruffled some feathers” and today we are taking the opportunity to clarify and perhaps expand on the message being sent with the ‘Roman Salute’. I do not believe this gesture was done dishonourably or against the sacrifices of those who perished in the conflicts to which the memorial pays tribute. I did this because I believe our country needs political change now more than ever before, and if the recent 43rd Federal Election is any indication, this change will not likely come democratically.

I see being upfront and direct with our stance as the best alternative to resorting to violence amongst one another. In order to proceed in good faith, it is a requirement of us to be upfront and honest with who we are and what we represent. This gesture is not a disrespectful act toward those who the cenotaph memorializes, but quite the opposite: a recognition of the sacrifice they made to defend our nation’s sovereignty. LEST WE FORGET, this is a battle which rages on this very moment! We must continue their fight. Otherwise, that which they stood for may have all been in vain. Ask yourself: if they were alive today to see the current state of affairs, what would they say?

During the demonstration, I approached the square, and stood for a while gazing upon the statue of a soldier. I inquired with it guidance on what I was about to do. The statue of the soldier asked “Is your heart true?”, to which I replied without hesitation “Yes it is”, and the statue of the soldier affirmed, stating “Then you may proceed”.

While saluting, I was also instructed to “hold”.

I asked those who were in attendance to notify me immediately if what I was doing was a dishonourable act. The individuals nearest to myself did not claim that this was dishonourable. None of the 3 persons other than myself who were in attendance came forward during the demonstration to object or notify that this gesture was dishonourable.

YES. I am aware the cenotaph memorializes those who fought against a political movement which employed a similar, albeit not identical, variation of this salute. This does not mean we need to discard our history and heritage entirely. It’s called the ‘Roman Salute’ and our ancestors from long ago who used it would have never tolerated the type of government we have lording over us today – calling for the confiscation of our firearms, publishing nothing but filth on the television, and turning a blind eye to illegal immigration.

I can understand how some may be confused or even offended at such a gesture. I would urge our fellow citizens to understand that such a gesture carries only those connotations that are ascribed to it – and for us, it is one of honour, strength, and justice. I would also ask them to consider how we should be expected to respond given that during and leading up to the recent 43rd Federal Election we were not been permitted access to the public commons in a meaningful way in order to promote our policies and compete democratically. Finally, I would implore Canadians to consider how unaccountable our federal government has become and how this is negatively affecting the lives of Canadians.

We are grateful to those who are of understanding and patience.

In no way has it ever been our intention to cause undue harm or disrepute to anyone.

The recent 43rd Federal Election has demonstrated to us (Nationalist Canadians) that, under this current government administration, our self-determination is being suppressed. The Canadian Nationalist Party was not permitted to assemble publicly and communicate electoral policies to voters after the drop of the writ. From the inception of our party (June 1st, 2017) to the conclusion of the 43rd Federal Election (October 21st, 2019), the CNP was denied ubiquitously, and not permitted on a single occasion, to utilize taxpayer-funded infrastructure (City Halls, Convention Centers, University Campuses, Libraries) to assemble and share our ideas for making our country a better place to live.

We have since filed a civil lawsuit alleging a constitutional violation – yet, this litigation is not allowed to proceed due to the current state of emergency. This is a violation of the most fundamental principles of any democracy.

The democratic channel that the Government of Canada is compelled to provide to us, is for all intents and purposes, unavailable to us.

It is now obvious that voting ourselves into prosperity is a fool’s errand. If we are waiting on a democratic reform of our country we might as well take it to our deathbed. There is simply no reason at this point to put any amount of faith in our existing, illusory “democracy”. Liberation is not on the ballot.

Instead, we are sending the signal that we must embrace an anti-democratic political narrative, and this is where the ‘Roman Salute’ comes in.

We welcome those into our political constituency who would also embrace the Roman Salute.

Author

Travis Patron

Leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party