This will not solve anything

So, I see that another barricade was erected near Edmonton by another group claiming to stand with the unelected hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, another judge issued another injunction, another premier said the law will be enforced, another police force hummed and hawed, but this time, according to Global News, something was different. The barricades went up, the trains stopped …

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… but a group of counter-protesters arrived and, as the St Albert Gazette reports, “Confrontations with counter-protesters at the site, however, led … [the protesters lawbreakers] … to abandon the blockade. They said they wanted to keep it peaceful.

The counter-protesters, who described their actions as cleaning up garbage, went to work, doing what a judge sais should have been done by police …

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… and, soon, the tracks were clear again …

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… just as they should have been, just as a judge ordered.

Now, at a personal level, I cannot help but applaud this vigilante action …

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… even as I am deeply saddened that citizens have felt that they have been driven, by political cowardice and police idleness to take the law into their own hands. Unlike a day ago, this time I agree with Andrew Coyne …

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… vigilantism ought to have no place in Canada. But I suspect that this act will embolden Screen Shot 2020-02-13 at 08.11.03trudeauCanadians who are, justifiably, fed up with poltical cowards (including Ontario Premier Doug Ford) who refuse to enfore lawful court orders. Those frustrated Canadians will feel empowered to do what polcie should have done 10 days ago: they will form gangs and confront the protesters. Unfortunately, perfectly legitimate hunting rifles will be brought to the confrontations and, sooner or later, another crime will be committed. It will not end well for anyone.

The police must act, soon … today would be good. They must dismantle every single barricade on ever rail line and they must be proactive and patrol aggressively yo prevent unnamednew obstacles from being erected. The police must protect people, both the current protesters lawbreakers and potential counter-proteseters from themselves. They must keep us all safe, from each other, that is what “to serve and protect” really means.

trudeau_in_chicagoIt must be clear, even to a doltish man-child like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that the rule of law is being flouted by foreign-funded eco-terrorists activists, some of whom are blessed with the ignorance of childhood, who are being manipulated by groups and agencies that are waging economic warfare against Canada. It has to stop.

No one wants a repeat of the Ipperwash crisis, but it cannot be an excuse to do nothing. It seems clear to me that Prime Minister Trudeau and the provincial premiers, who have front-line law enforcement responsibilities, have abrogated their responsibilities, they have, as Derek Burney put it, “ceded the right to govern to bands of thugs and other assorted criminals who claim to be acting on behalf of a small gang of people who claim that an accident of birth gives them, à la Louis XIV (and à la Justin Trudeau, too?), a divine right to make their words into law.

Now some Canadians are rising up and taking the law into their own hands. If similar groups spring up and act then they are likely to make things much worse. Violence will occur, and it will become necessary to call out the Army. As I pointed out, the Army will succeed. law and order will be restored; the alternative is that Canada, as a modern, Screen Shot 2019-12-29 at 08.48.00220px-Marc_Garneau_-_2018_(42748534304)_(cropped)sovereign state governed by laws, will cease to exist. Vigilantism will solve nothing. It will make things worse. Leadership is needed … now. Justin Trudeau is, clearly, unable to lead and he should be removed from office, by the political will of the Liberal Party of Canada, and replaced by someone, a sitting MP, preferably a Francophone who, on an interim basis, can and will lead … before it is too late.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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