All You Need is Love

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Departing from his father's credo "reason over passion," our current PM is in close touch with his emotions. "Tolerance is never sufficient," Justin Trudeau wrote after touring Auschwitz last summer. "Humanity must learn to love our differences." This spring he announced that his government will issue an apology to LGBTQ Canadians because "love is not a crime." This apology is long overdue. But renouncing tolerance as the basis of modern heterogeneous states is a mistake. As Michael Ignatieff notes, if we are to avoid a "coercive culture of ritualized, insincere approval," the transition from rights to recognition must be negotiated. Love who you choose, defend the rights of all.