by Madeline Weld, Ph.D. | RAIR Foundation
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau combined tyranny with absurdity by invoking the Emergencies Act for what was essentially a parking and noise problem in downtown Ottawa created by Freedom Convoy 2022, he should have been called out by the media. Furthermore, the House of Commons should have nipped this gargantuan power grab in the bud by refusing to pass a motion to confirm it. Trudeau’s Liberal party, after all, forms a minority government, and a united opposition by all the other parties could have killed Trudeau’s version of “l’état, c’est moi.”
But the NDP Members of Parliament, acting in their party’s and not Canada’s interest, supported the Liberal MPs, who were all whipped to be obedient to their Leader. The combined numbers of these two parties overcame the opposition of the Conservatives and the Bloc québécois, and the motion to confirm the Emergencies Act was passed in the House of Commons. It is not irrelevant that recently (March 22), the Liberal and New Democratic Parties announced a formal agreement of cooperation, in essence giving Trudeau a majority government.
But what about the Canadian media? With rare exceptions, such as Rebel News and True North News, most Canadian media are little more than propagandists for the government, having been bought off with a $600 million “bailout package” that Trudeau rolled out in 2019. [Not to mention the $1.2 billion the CBC gets annually on top of advertising revenues.]
Peaceful protest meets militarized police
Most of us know the back story by now. Possibly the most peaceful mass protest in human history, instigated by truckers from across Canada who converged in the country’s capital on January 29, 2022, was crushed two weeks and six days later, on Friday, February 18. This was four days after Trudeau invoked the never before used Emergencies Act of 1988.
By the time he did so on February 14, the solidarity protests and blockades at the two Canada/US border crossings in Ontario (including the Ambassador Bridge over which one-quarter of transborder transport occurs) had ended peacefully. The remaining two crossings in Manitoba and Alberta would be cleared the next day. There had also been no protest-related violence in Ottawa itself. There were no injuries, broken windows, vandalism, damaged statues, or assaults on police.
What transpired on Parliament Hill for three weeks less a day was (to my knowledge) an unprecedented protest-plus party. Throngs of people draped in or carrying flags turned the Hill into a sea of red and white, especially on weekends. They decorated the palisades of the Parliamentary grounds with their signs. A perma-party with music and dancing took root near the Chateau Laurier Hotel, a short distance east of the Parliament buildings.
The federal government and the City of Ottawa did everything in their power to make the truckers’ stay miserable – buying out hotel rooms to keep out-of-town supporters away, closing all businesses and restaurants to block access to food and facilities, and finally trying to cut off the diesel fuel that kept the trucks running and warm during bitterly cold temperatures (as low as -16F). But nothing they did could dampen the spirits of the truckers or the protesters. Food stalls and porta-potties popped up, hotel guests lent their rooms to truckers to shower and freshen up, and citizens showed up with jerry fuel cans. There were street hockey games, hot tubs, and even bouncy castles because many truckers had brought their families.
The protest was crushed with a massive militarized police operation, which systematically cleared sections of downtown Ottawa and included officers from elsewhere who did not wear badges. Some protesters were beaten with rifles or were kneed or kicked in an unnecessary display of force. At one point, mounted police rode into a crowd, and horses ran over a woman in a mobility device. Some trucks left, others were towed away, and in some cases, truck windows were smashed and drivers dragged out of their beds in the truck cabs despite truckers peacefully complying with arresting officers. The newly cleared-out section of Ottawa had a grim Soviet look as construction fencing blocked off large segments of a now-deserted downtown core. Read Full Article >