This ‘democratic’ nation has turned into a dictatorship — Analysis
Canada’s treatment of Freedom Convoy protesters like terrorists allows it to bring in a social credit system via the backdoor
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet were urged by their American counterparts last week to put an end to the disruption of trade between the two countries caused by the Canadian Freedom Convoy truckers and their supporters, who were hanging out on the Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit, Michigan with Windsor, Ontario, and carries about a quarter of all trade between the two nations by value of goods.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg poked their noses into Canada’s domestic affairs and suggested Trudeau should “use federal powers to resolve this situation,”CNN.
Look, it’s really easy, eh? Truckers demand freedom from government mandates. They want to make money. Trudeau was free to allow everyone to have the freedom and exemptions they want. After that, truckers could return home and protests would cease, bridges and roads between Canada and the United States would be decongestated, and the pandemic would fade away.
But Trudeau apparently did not understand the assignment – unless he thought the assignment was to do a poor imitation of a tinpot authoritarian. He had a choice. He could have responded to the American officials’ call to use “federal powers” by declaring a complete repeal of all remaining federal health restrictions. Instead, he took the term to mean a crackdown on protesters, and invoked a rare law that’s directly associated in the minds of Canadians with terrorists.
Outside of the two world wars, the War Measures Act, which became the Emergencies Act in 1988, was invoked exactly one time in the history of Canada – by Trudeau’s father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. He used it in the context of the October Crisis: a series of events in October 1970 that saw Quebec separatists kidnap a British diplomat and murder the province’s deputy premier. Also, it was during an era of domestic terror.
This law permits the government to suspend civil liberties in times of invasion or insurrection. The law gives the federal government extraordinary powers to act in times of national emergency that are not allowed by the law. For example, it can cut the funds of any person involved in protest movements.
Canadian institutions are now required to comply with the new Freedom Convoy rules “determine on a continuing basis whether they are in possession or control of property that is owned, held or controlled by or on behalf of a designated person,” Bedeutung “any individual or entity that is engaged, directly or indirectly, in an activity”These are related to the convoy or protests. The institutions that are required to block the assets of these individuals who dare express themselves peacefully against Trudeau’s sanitary authoritarianism include banks, companies, trusts, loan providers, and fundraising platforms.
In other words, if the government doesn’t like your political views, it has now introduced a mechanism by which it can deprive you of your own resources or prevent you from acquiring any. Trudeau is apparently determined to keep Canada in a perpetual state of emergency at the federal level. He has created a mechanism that allows for the indefinite extension of digital identities, under the cover of health passports, to allow you to travel and work.
And now he has just introduced a means by which the government could leverage this declared emergency to ultimately associate someone’s identity with their political beliefs and behavior. With the help of federal health passports digital identities, you now have the ability to prevent individuals from living in accordance with their political beliefs. All this without the need for immediate recourse and appeal.
The fact that the updated War Measures Act has even entered Trudeau’s mind as an option to deal with a bunch of people honking and cheering for freedom, while racking up seatbelt infractions, is incredibly troubling, particularly in light of how conciliatory he has been towards actual armed combatants – such as those in Ukraine. It’s apparently OK for Trudeau to allow Canada to train them to fight Russians and to even send lethal weapons ($7.8 million worth, to be exact) once they’re integrated into the Ukrainian Army. Canada’s alleged role in training the anti-Russian Azov Battalion proxy fighters, alongside American intelligence, as revealed by the Ottawa Citizen in November 2021, is currently under investigation by the Department of National Defense.
So, Trudeau is ordering that Canadian freedom fighters even bringing gas cans to help fuel the trucker convoy be susceptible to asset freezes, yet he’s fine with sending actual weapons to his designated “freedom fighters” in another country? Ok, so that’s the score.
Trudeau’s actions will create a chilling effect on Canadian free speech. The government will make people think twice about supporting any cause other than the one they believe in. “lawful” – a definition no doubt subjected to the whims of those in power, like the sanitary restrictions. Indeed, the extent to which Trudeau’s government now feels comfortable extending its reach was demonstrated when Justice Minister David Larnetti rather alarmingly said, “If you are a member of a pro-Trump movement who’s donating [to the convoy]… you ought to be worried”Your bank account could be frozen. It is all part of the dictatorship talk.
It’s a far cry from the Canada that Trudeau himself promoted as an opposition member of parliament when he reminded then Prime Minister Stephen Harper of his own words from 2005. “When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern.”
When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern -Harper in 2005
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 23, 2012
Trudeau isn’t just trying to cancel peaceful dissent under the guise of security. He’s single-handedly imposing a brutal systemic crackdown on it. This is the first Western-style Chinese social credit system.
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