Canadian Freedom Convoy: Holding the Line

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens have clearly stated their desire for ALL Canadians to be permanently free of ALL Covid mandates and restrictions. They are peacefully protesting in Ottawa and in other areas. They would like the government to a show them a plan for the elimination of the mandates and restrictions. The Canadian Freedom Convoy 2022 protesters are willing to sit down with the country’s leaders to discuss such a plan.

Canadian leaders prefer to dangle the possibility that soon, in the near future, some mandates in some places will be lifted. It will depend, now and for the foreseeable future, on what the government-approved science experts say.

This isn’t going to cut it for the Canadian Freedom Convoy. They’d like something more definitive.

Justin Trudeau doesn’t want to meet with his constituents. Instead talking to people he would like keep avoiding them and invoke the Emergency Measures Act. For starters, this will enable the government to seize protestors’ personal bank accounts without a court order on the basis of suspicion alone, suspend the truckers’ insurance and tow their vehicles. Justin doesn’t expect to bring in the military. At the moment.

One of the lead Organizers, Tamara Lich, held a press conference with Brian Peckford, a founder of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Her statement is as follows:

“I am honored to be sitting next to the last surviving founder of our Charter Rights and Freedoms, the very document that is now being used against the people it was designed to protect. The federal government is planning to invoke the never before used Emergency Measures Act.

First of all, we are not afraid. In fact, every time the government decides to further suspend our civil liberties, our resolve strengthens and the importance of our mission becomes clearer. We will remain peaceful but planted on Parliament Hill until the mandates are decisively ended. We recognize that there is a democratic process within which change occurs. We have never stepped outside of that process or do we intend to. All Canadians should be surprised, no matter your political opinions, that such an extreme measure could be used against a peaceful demonstration.

We have countless vulnerable people in our crowd including children, the elderly and the disabled who cannot be met with force in a genuine liberal democracy. The right to peacefully protest is sacrosanct to our nation. If that principle is abandoned, the government will reveal itself as a true tyranny and it will lose all of its credibility.

In that unfortunate situation we have faith that those politicians, police officers and military will listen to their conscience. Remember, “I’m just following orders” has always been used as an excuse by those who ignore their moral intuition. But we have faith in you Canada, to do the right thing. Do not let this become a dark moment in our history.

I want to now address all Canadians. We love you all. Some of you might oppose our grievances, however democratic society will always have non-trivial disagreements and righteous dissidents. There are many reasons for us opposing the mandates. Some of us have been mistreated by our government, including many of our indigenous communities who have personally experienced medical malpractice. Some of us simply want bodily autonomy and oppose the mandates on principled grounds. No matter our reasons and opinions, it is how the government responds to its citizens that determines the fate of the country. Listen to your hearts, Canadians. Is the Emergency Act the right response to our demonstration of love and freedom?

Now I want to address the Prime Minister. No matter what you do, we will hold the line. There are no threats that will frighten us. We WILL hold the line.

Lastly, to our truckers and friends on Parliament Hill. Do not give in to fear and threats. Your courage has already exceeded all of our expectations and inspired an international movement. Be strong. Show kindness. Love will always defeat hate.

Hold the Line.”

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