Canada’s treatment of Freedom Convoy protesters as terrorists allows it to introduce a backdoor social credit system
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet were urged last week by their American counterparts to end the disruption of trade between the two countries caused by Canadian Freedom Convoy truckers and their supporters, who were hanging out on the Ambassador Bridge which connects Detroit, Michigan with Windsor, Ontario, and carries about a quarter of all trade between the two nations by merchandise value.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg poked their noses into Canada’s internal affairs and suggested Trudeau should “use federal powers to resolve this situation”, according to CNN.
Look, it’s really easy, huh? The truckers want to be released from the warrants. These American officials want the freedom to profit. So all Trudeau had to do was give everyone the freedom they seek by giving up what remains of federal vaccination mandates that require, for example, the presentation of digital ID linked to anti-Covid shots. in order to travel anywhere inside or outside the country. Then truckers would return home, protests would cease, roads and bridges between the two countries would decongest, and life would go on as before the rapidly fading pandemic.
But Trudeau apparently didn’t understand the mission – unless he thought the mission was to do a poor imitation of an overbearing tinpot. He had a choice. He could have answered the call of American officials to use “federal powersby 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 is 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, has only been invoked once in Canadian history – 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 assassinate the province’s deputy premier. In other words, in times of domestic terrorism.
Allowing for the suspension of civil liberties, the law is designed to be proclaimed in the event of insurrection, invasion or war. It gives the federal government special powers in times of national emergency to do things the law would normally prohibit. Like, for example, cutting off the funds of anyone he decides to be involved in the protest movement.
The new Freedom Convoy rules state that it is the duty of Canadian institutions to “determine on an ongoing basis whether they are in possession or control of property that is owned, held or controlled by or on behalf of a designated person”, sense “any natural or legal person who exercises, directly or indirectly, an activity” linked to the demonstrations or the convoy. Institutions that are required to freeze the assets of those individuals who dare to speak out peacefully against Trudeau’s health authoritarianism include banks, corporations, trusts, lenders and fundraising platforms.
In other words, if the government does not like your political opinions, it has now introduced a mechanism by which it can deprive you of your own resources or prevent you from acquiring them. While Trudeau is apparently fighting tooth and nail to keep Canada in this perpetual state of emergency at the federal level, he is ensuring the maintenance and indefinite extension of digital identities under the guise of health passports (at least for travel or, in some case, work).
And now he has just introduced a means by which the government could take advantage of this declared emergency to finally associate someone’s identity with their political beliefs and behavior. Add the digital identity of federal health passports and you have a way to prevent people from living on the basis of government-decided political beliefs with the press of a button somewhere in an increasingly electronic system interconnected and harmonized. And all without any means of recourse or immediate appeal.
The fact that updating the War Measures Act even entered Trudeau’s mind as an option to deal with a group of people honking and cheering for freedom, while racking up violations of wearing the seatbelt, is incredibly disturbing, especially in light of how accommodating he has been to reality armed fighters – like those in Ukraine. It’s apparently OK for Trudeau to allow Canada to train them to fight the Russians and even send lethal weapons ($7.8 million, to be exact) once they’re integrated into the Ukrainian military. . Canada’s alleged role in training anti-Russian proxy fighters from the Azov Battalion, alongside US intelligence, as revealed by the Ottawa Citizen in November 2021, is currently under investigation by the Department of National Defence.
Thus, Trudeau orders that Canadian freedom fighters bringing even cans of gasoline to help fuel the convoy of truckers are likely to freeze their assets, but he agrees to send real weapons to his “combat fighters.” liberty” designated in another country? OK then, just keep score on the hypocrimeter.
Trudeau’s actions will create a chilling effect on free speech in Canada. People will think twice before expressing their support for anything other than a cause the government has ruled “legitimate” – a definition no doubt subject to the whims of power, such as health restrictions. Indeed, the extent to which the Trudeau government now feels comfortable expanding its reach was demonstrated when Justice Minister David Larnetti said rather alarmingly: “IIf you are a member of a pro-Trump movement that donates [to the convoy]…you should be worried” your bank account is frozen. This is the speech of a dictatorship.
It’s a far cry from the Canada that Trudeau himself promoted as an opposition MP when he reminded Prime Minister Stephen Harper of his own words in 2005. “When a government begins to try to quash dissent or avoid dissent, that’s when it quickly loses its moral authority to govern.”
When a government begins to try to quash dissent or avoid dissent is when it quickly loses its moral authority to govern -Harper in 2005
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 23, 2012
Trudeau is not just trying to quash peaceful dissent under the guise of security. It single-handedly imposes brutal systemic repression on it. Welcome to the very first iteration of a Chinese-style social credit scheme in the Western world.
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