A Q&A on the Emergencies Act with Noa Mendelsohn Aviv of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association
What an awful time to be a police officer. Should you act under the authority of the Emergency Act when it was unlawfully invoked? Should you crack down on peaceful (albeit disruptive) protesters when they are protesting the government’s violation of the Charter? Police officers take an oath to act only when lawful to do so. Our government has put them in a terrible position. I hope they act with integrity.
The world is watching, Canada. We stand on guard for thee. Don't let Ottawa turn into Tiananmen Square. https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/how-to-counter-the-cultural-revolution?r=12n5dp
Looks like Trudeau is gonna milk that 7 days' parliamentary review requirement for everything he can. Not 100% sure how things will turn out but it looks like we might as well start calling the Emergencies Act the "7-day hammer".
Here is a video of the truckers singing Oh Canada and hugging the police in Alberta. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBz2cLX-NMM
Q) Where does water come from?
A) The tap.
Q) Where does water go?
A) The drain.
Q) Where does electricity come from?
A) Elon Musk.
Q) Where does food come from?
A) Server or deliver.
Q) Where does food go?
A) The toilet.
Q) Where does garbage go?
A) The metal bin.
Q) Where does recycling go?
A) The coloured bins.
Q) Where does freedom come from?
A) Shut up you Nazi.
I'm shocked at how none of my Canadian friends seem to care about what just happened. Trudeau crossed the line over something that should have been handled by the police. I said exactly the same thing above: When Stephen Harper 2.0, who was an anti-Canadian as it comes, gets elected and uses the Emergency Act to stifle things he finds inconvenient, Canadians will have no moral ground to stand on. Trudeau opened to door for governments to crack down on any anti-government protesting and it's sickening to me.
After many years of watching events political, I have determined that nothing happens without a reason. In this case it is what hasn't happened. There has been very minimal attempts to deal with the trucker's protest in ways available to governments and police forces. Trudeau hasn't even bothered to meet with representatives of the protesters. It seems that the objective was to let it go on long enough that they could claim an emergency existed. The pandemic restrictions tested people's patience. Having gotten away with these measures for two years, are they simply upping the pressure to see how we will react? I'm wondering what is really behind government actions or inactions.
Had you not quit your job at CBC would they have let you write/publish this interview?
My guess is no.
So I'm glad you have set up shop where you are free to write what you like, at least for now. If Trudeau gets his way that could change.
Being in the USA I, like a growing number of others, have serious concerns that many of our government(s) are in the process of seeing how far they can push.
The concern for us all is are there enough of us willing to stand up and say no.
Here is what is very interesting: the trucker protest is one of the first protests in years (decades?) that isn't being funded by monied interests. It is literally coming from the ground up.
Thus the shadowy appearance of one guy wearing a mask (at a mask-less protest) waving a swastika; the shutting down of Gofundme and Givesend go; the hacking of Givesendgo; and now the introduction of the emergency act.
This is why the gov't, establishment and mainstream media are so against it; it is one of the first protests they don't control. And they're scared.
I find this article misleading in many ways. This act does not limit personal feedoms laid out in the Charter. No authorities HAVE TO use these powers. The present laws were obviously not adequate to deal with the ILLEGAL occupation in Ottawa with heavy machinery ( comparing this occupation to other legal protests listed by your guest is a false equivalent.Shame he can’t see the difference in the unprecedented situation as our ex chief of police made clear.
Don't you need an emergency for the Emergency Act? Someone needs to grow a back bone like Djokovic!
Tara, what's the best way to connect directly? I want to get your thoughts on an initiative I'm working on, regarding journalistic integrity & the lack thereof in Canada
Thank you for the interview Tara. Noa's most important point is that violent elements in a protest do not delegitimize it. The interviews by CPAC and others of participants are the best evidence for their sound reasoning and good intent. Further castigating these protests with the Emergencies Act is already backfiring as a bullying move. Unfortunately this nuance is lost in the noise, people focus on what they perceive as a personal affront rather than the protection of peaceful protest.
There was real risk to citizens of Canada through these increasingly violent and confrontational blockades. In addition there were threats made against our government by foreign activators. I prefer the short term emergency act implementation to the continued damage to the people of ottawa and the tacit support of neo-fascist and racist elements in the protestors. Free speech does not = free intimidation.
Wow, Tara, you certainly unleashed a torrent of interesting and provocative comments on this piece! What I am most concerned about today, other than ending vaccine mandates and passports NOW, is the seeming violation of personal financial information through the infiltration of the donor list of the Go Fund Me fundraising initiative in support of the truckers. I need to find out more about this, but it seems to be a very serious breach of privacy that needs to be investigated, and any wrongdoing held accountable.
So this morning I was doing some research on Trudeau's war act, and in one of my searches I used the term "Canadian Dissidents".... With that search term I literally by accident stumbled upon this little pot of gold... Trudeau's right hand person in his attack against Canadian citizens background. This was originally published by the Globe and Mail, an unabashedly pro Trudeau/Liberal newspaper...
“Though I was eventually forced to leave the country, I have no regrets about my time in Ukraine during the Soviet period. Out of this experience, what struck me, very powerfully, was how quickly a rotten political system could collapse, and how important the work of brave dissidents could be.”
"According to the KGB, Ms. Freeland was more than just an agitator for, as Col. Stroi derisively put it, “the liberation of Ukraine” who coerced Soviet citizens into staging marches and rallies to attract Western support. She delivered cash, video- and audio-recording equipment, and even a personal computer to her contacts in Ukraine."
We have a huge target to hit here, by pounding her and Trudeau with questions about her background, and why she now is standing tall and proud beside a person with aspirations she USE to fight AGAINST!!!!
Was she actually a spy for the Canadian government? Is she now using her training and skills to suppress the very rights and freedoms she use to fight for? Whatever the case may be, this raises MANY questions about Freeland and exactly what it is she is doing for Trudeau!!
Trudeau is doing exactly what Russian leaders were doing when she was working against the Russian leaders. So what changed her views? Why is she now doing the bidding of the same type of tyrant she use to fight against??? Was she actually a spy for the Canadian government? Is she now using her training and skills to suppress the very rights and freedoms she use to fight for? Whatever the case may be, this raises MANY questions about Freeland and exactly what it is she is doing for Trudeau!!
Trudeau is doing exactly what Russian leaders were doing when she was working against the Russian leaders. So what changed her views? Why is she now doing the bidding of the same type of tyrant she use to fight against???