Emergencies and good citizenship – Le Journal de la Revue

For the editor:

Two weeks ago, the Emergencies Act was invoked for the first time by Prime Minister Trudeau. There’s also been a lot to say about it, with the usual assertion of ‘both sides’ and indeed the question ‘why didn’t he just talk to the ‘protesters’? – indeed, the right is having a day in the field reinforced by the echo chamber with the idea that individual liberties are violated, and so on. I think I made it pretty clear that I think it wasn’t a protest, it was an attack on democracy by misinformed, easily led, mostly white people, led from behind by the money that seems to take great pleasure in perverting justice. Indeed, the only reason the right would want to end warrants has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with the fact that things like warrants and lockdowns mean they can’t properly exploit the people who normally work for them for a pittance. . Taking these people and turning them into an offensive weapon is obviously the best thing to do, so here we are.

Or we were there, because over the weekend potential insurgents were taken out by the police, who should have done their job properly in the first place (but of course there is still the problem that many of them were happy to see this happen). On live television and generally peacefully. It’s ironic that the very people who “protest” for their freedom have been treated as well as they are, because they live in a country that appreciates what that means. But, as I’ve seen on Twitter, there’s nothing that screams white privilege quite like being told for three weeks that you were breaking the law and would be arrested and still surprised when it happened.

The veneer of peace and joy for all men that the ‘protesters’ have clung to is nothing more than lipstick on a pig, when underneath and in plain sight, ‘different’ people or who disagree (or just wear a fucking mask) are abused by them.

There will no doubt be arguments about the validity of invoking the Emergencies Act (e.g., “Trudeau the Tryant” and various other quaint cries for “justice”). And before people start talking about ‘natural justice’, it’s nothing more than a far-fetched attempt to justify the ability of someone stronger to do what they want, when they want. . In short, it’s not fair at all. Nor is it (social) Darwinism, which is the subject of another letter, I am sure. It is worth pointing out that it is quite difficult to be a tyrant when you are the leader of a minority government. It’s also worth pointing out that even the Emergencies Act followed the Charter to the letter, but of course that’s a minor detail. Either way, now that the law has been repealed after less than a week, those who use anything as an excuse to hate Trudeau will no doubt find something else to cling to, while ignoring the irony because they can hang up their hats and continue to confuse freedom with privilege.

There is an argument for education here. Especially for better civic education. That many people there were claiming First Amendment rights or Miranda rights would be laughable if it weren’t so bad. The education system, rather happy to prepare students for work as these low-paid cogs in the machine, has failed miserably to educate them on what their rights and responsibilities really are.

To our detriment.

Dr. Stephen Marsh