Trudeau's latest power-crazed move
This isn't a fight against a virus anymore, it's a fight for freedom
The Canadian Federal government has invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time ever, for what we were told only recently is a “fringe minority” of protestors.
Trudeau’s language has been carefully nationalistic and his style contained while discussing the protestors. He repeatedly makes appeals for the “safety” of all Canadians. His case sounds reasonable:
“Individuals are trying to blockade our economy, our democracy, and our fellow citizens’ daily lives,” he said. “It has to stop.”
But the pursuit of safety can become a danger when it leads an alarmed populace to acquiesce to increasingly strong-arm government.
The language used by Trudeau also subverts ideas that would typically appeal to liberals. He has declared the protestors to be “anti-vaxxers”, “racist” and “misogynist”. They are bad people, and therefore we should stand against them.
Unfortunately for Trudeau - although fortunately for the reputations of the freedom convoy truckers - the cat was out of the bag when we saw footage of protestors of all ethnicities, peacefully singing and dancing in the streets. Even Joël Lightbound, a member of Trudeau’s same party, has accused the prime minister of trying “to divide and to stigmatise” the unvaccinated.
I suspect Trudeau may even have welcomed a little violence to justify a strong dispersement of this protest, but it has remained remarkably peaceable.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said that banks and financial institutions would be able to freeze the bank accounts of anyone linked with the protests without any need for a court order. The truckers’ insurance licenses can be revoked. The police will have new powers to fine and imprison protestors.
Freeland said they were broadening Canada's "Terrorist Financing" rules to cover cryptocurrencies and crowdfunding platforms as part of the effort. Well, naturally. Imagine being able to bypass fiduciary totalitarianism - must put a stop to that!
This should be a huge wake up call to people. If western liberal democracies (in the case of Canada, I use this term more lightly than I would like at the moment) go down the route of programmable central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), governments will be able to swiftly switch off access to money, or specific products and services, if they do not like your behaviour. Here in the UK, the Treasury and the Bank of England are exploring a potential UK CBDC, and identity-based programmable money is under consideration. As I have already written, all that glitters is not gold. Add to this the subjective complexities of defining terrorism and the problem is self-evident.
Shutting down protest and blanket defunding a large group of protestors is a bad look for liberalism. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association said in a statement that the standard for invoking the Emergencies Act "has not been met". The media will be dissecting whether this step was overreach for weeks to come. Those with a liberal heart know it is overreach now. If you support Trudeau’s action, you might as well support setting up a Chinese-style social credit system.
The battle lines are being redrawn. We are no longer engaged in a fight against a virus, but a fight for liberal values and against despotism.
Discussing some of these issues with Kevin O’Sullivan on talkRADIO today:
Once the Liberals realized that the CONVOY managed to raise more than 10 million in about two weeks at next to no cost to them, while their own party had just bragged of its best ever fundraising in the party's history -- raising 7.6 million in 3 months at a cost of about 1 million in running a well-oiled fundraising machine, the political leadership panicked. The truckers raised 10 million with more than 100 thousand contributors; meanwhile the Liberals raised 7.6 million with 57 thousand contributors. Oh, and now the PM complains of foreign money and yet he just bragged about his government sending money to 'trusted partners' in other countries. The guy can not help but show his thinking and policy-making depends utterly on very poor judgement. At the border crossing on the Ambassador Bridge with Detroit, the police provide quite the photo op with armed men in military-type gear who arrived in armoured vehicles and then setup a tackle on a young fellow. Yeh, it was for political theatre as the police vastly outnumbered the demonstrators and there was no resistance and no throwing projectiles or rioting or even taunting of the police. Peaceful. I will say that the police were very disciplined and did not look much like riot squads -- they had no billy sticks and did not chase down people to arrest them. There was no mischief and no crimes on display; just civil disobedience of such a mild form that even the few who cooperated in being detained were released without charge and without anyone getting roughed up, cop or civilian. A very tame affair -- made so by the peaceful protestors who cooperated with a police turnout that clearly had no intentions of making a violent scene. PM Trudeau uses rhetoric to misrepresent reality to such an extent that even longtime Lib voters are turned off and turning against his government. Time will tell.
Deputy PM C Freeland looking very uncomfortable on some footage of her trending on social media. Hopefully they have overplayed their hand and the country can turn it around for the good of all Canadians.