Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Terrorist Bill and the October Nightmare
Sometimes I can't help feeling that a lot of Canadians have forgotten the fundamental lesson of the War Measures Act.
And that is, it wasn't Pierre Trudeau's finest hour, it was his darkest.
It was an October nightmare, that led to the arrests of hundreds of innocent people.
It wasn't needed to ensure public safety, or arrest and prosecute the terrorists. And this bill isn't either.
A bill that would revive some provisions of Canada's Anti-terrorism Act passed in the House of Commons Wednesday night. The Liberals joined the Conservatives to pass the bill — known as S-7, the combating terrorism act — by a vote of 183 to 93.
For it too threatens our civil liberties. The Liberals shouldn't have supported it. The NDP should be commended for opposing it. Just like they opposed the War Measures Act.
And the Cons deserve to be condemned for using fear to stampede reason.
Or arrested, if this is true.
Canadian officials accelerated their plan to arrest the two suspects in an alleged plot to derail a passenger train traveling between Toronto and New York City, prompted by last week's bombing of the Boston Marathon and rebuffing U.S. requests to wait for further investigation, said two U.S. officials familiar with the probe.
Because if they did blow up the American investigation of a cross-border terrorist plot, who knows how many lives they may have endangered.
And if they did it for cheap political purposes, just to ram through their totalitarian bill, and attack Justin Trudeau, they can never be forgiven. And if found guilty, must resign.
For our greatest advantage in the struggle to keep our country free from terrorists, is the strength of our democracy. And the Cons are corrupting it.
As for the Liberals, they should remember that Pierre Trudeau did many great things, but imposing the War Measures Act wasn't one of them.
And that using a sledgehammer to crack a peanut, as Tommy Douglas said back then, is still wrong.
And still DANGEROUS.
You fascist nightmare.
How soon they forget you...
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