What will the Canadian truckers do?

February 18, 2022

By Clifford C. Nichols

Justin Trudeau has ordered the seizure of all assets, the freezing of bank accounts, and the cancelation of credit cards for all persons identified by the government to be either directly or indirectly participating in, or supporting, the truckers who are protesting his vaccine mandate.

In short, those Canadians exercising their right to assemble and speak freely in opposition to their government’s policies will no longer be allowed to even buy food, pay rent, or otherwise provide for their families.  And all this is in addition to their being arrested and forfeiting their trucks to the Crown. 

Their crime?

Nothing more than their disagreeing with certain policies of Trudeau.  Apparently, they feel strongly that it is their right to be able to make their own health care decisions independent of any coercion from their government. 

From one perspective, one could say this impasse is about a vaccine.  But is it really?  If this were all about the health of people, why would Trudeau want to risk some of his citizens being injured and perhaps even shot if they resist…all in order to protect their health?   Hardly is this a political strategy easily explained from a public health perspective. 

Thus, perhaps a more accurate perspective would hold that the protest sanctions are truly being imposed to punish the truckers for their refusal to obey Trudeau.  Their protests, in essence, challenge his power, and that power is to inviolate — at least, in the mind of elitists like Trudeau.

Meanwhile, the people in charge in New Zealand have warned vaccine mandate protesters in that country that if they don’t obey, the military will soon be called in to enforce the government’s totalitarian edict.   

Imagine…if they don’t let their government protect their health, their government is willing to shoot them, provided that starving them and their families to death doesn’t work first. 

Given these human rights atrocities in the works, the question now before the eyes of the world is not whether this is tyranny.  It is, how will the protesters in these countries respond to the tyranny now being displayed before the world?

Will they stand firm and resist the theft of their liberties, come what may?  Or will they bend their knees and submit to the tyrants who are now staring them in the face?

If they choose the latter course in the hope that things will eventually get better with the passage of time, they will do well to remind themselves of one inescapable historical fact: tyrannies that go unchallenged rarely — if ever — voluntarily choose to change course and gratuitously improve the lot of those they have been allowed to oppress.

If the option were available to protesters, it would no doubt facilitate the making of this decision were they able to ask the survivors of the Holocaust how it worked out for their friends and families who at one time thought their compliance and submission to the edicts of Hitler would gain them some favor by his regime.  Indeed, submissive compliance was the thought of many in Germany prior to World War II, and it supplanted their desire to resist the evils descending upon them.  In fact, even in the early years of the war, it was a thought many clung to…right up to the point when they disembarked from the trains that delivered them to places like Auschwitz.

Whatever people like the Canadian truckers decide to do, one can only hope they are aware that people like them in countries around the whole world are watching…and, while holding their breath, are awaiting their decision.   

The prayers of many are being lifted up around the world!   

May the truckers be afforded the wisdom to choose wisely — perhaps like the one courageous Canadian trucker who today responded to Trudeau by saying: 

Come, take my truck.  Do whatever you gotta do.  The truck is just a material possession.  Freedom is something so much more than that.  So, take my possessions, put me in jail, sue me … do whatever you gotta do. 

Would that courage such as his be contagious. 

Clifford C.  Nichols is an attorney and the author of A Barrister’s Tales and The Declaration of Liberty (2021 A.D.) and a contributing editor at The Declaration Report.  A former research associate at The Heritage Foundation, he is a graduate of UCLA and Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.



Rex Murphy: Trudeau’s wild misuse of state authority

Are there no hero MPs willing to denounce this gross usurpation of citizens’ rights?

Author of the article:

Rex Murphy

Publishing date:

Feb 18, 2022  •  1 hour ago  •  4 minute read  •   124 Comments

An officer takes part in the operation to remove the Freedom Convoy protest from downtown Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.
An officer takes part in the operation to remove the Freedom Convoy protest from downtown Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. PHOTO BY JEAN LEVAC / POSTMEDIA NEWS

It’s Friday as I write. The police in Ottawa are already fully engaged in exercising their powers under the Emergencies Act. Arrests. Checkpoints. Blocked-off areas.

Parliament was supposed to meet to debate the imposition of the act. That got cancelled.

Justin Trudeau, after invoking the most powerful and sweeping legislation affecting the civil liberties of all Canadian citizens since … well, since the War Measures Act invoked by his father, will not be in Parliament today to engage in debate on it.

Not even in the pale, restricted, sporadic pretence of a Parliament we have been getting the past two years by Zoom.

The imposition of the Emergencies Act has been challenged by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. It has had no review by our courts. It all rests on pure assertion by the prime minister, his compliant ministers, and of course his (effective) aide-de-camp, enabler and prime supporter, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Do any Canadians remember when we had an NDP party — the “conscience of Parliament” it used to be known as?

Judgment first. Then let’s have the trial. Oh sunny days.

Jonathan Turley, a renowned American law professor, puts the point clearly. “The House of Commons just postponed debating Trudeau’s emergency powers because he is using his emergency powers near the Parliament to clear protesters. It is like postponing a war powers vote because there is a war going on.”

Just listen to this crowd. “If you are a member of a pro-Trump movement who is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars, and millions of dollars to this kind of thing, then you ought to be worried.” That’s Canada’s Attorney General, David Lametti. Making an offer Canadians can’t refuse.

What is he thinking? Are there Brinks trucks trundling up Parliament Hill? “Hundreds of thousands of dollars, and millions of dollars to this kind of thing?”

Might there not be a few “non-Trumpians” making donations? Canadians even, who threw in a $20 bill to back their fellow workers? I guess they “ought to be worried,” too. This latter is the language of pure threat and intimidation by state power. And this crowd laughably claims we’re still being protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The truckers are a “pro-Trump” movement now? Lametti himself cannot believe what he has said. He has merely reached into his bag of convenient insults, hauled out the best demon-phrase he can — what sweet social justice soul does not shiver and shake when the “Trumpster is invoked? — and slapped it on Canadian citizens engaging in a Canadian protest. After all, if the prime minister has already gone with racists and misogynists, and if terrorists and yobs and louts have already been tossed about, then I suppose, spraying them with the “Trumpian” brand is probably the only nasty adjective left in the sack.

Lametti has dragged the entire financial system into this massive and deranged overkill. And his government has made the deeply democratic right to support opposition to a public measure by making a contribution to it, a justification for freezing a citizen’s bank account. For this we sent men and women overseas! For this we gather on the Hill during Canada Day.

Lorrie Goldstein says it perfectly: “So people in Canada are losing their jobs because they donated to a political cause retroactively declared illegal by the federal government, on the basis of being publicly identified by the media, using stolen data from a fundraising website.” Welcome to Venezuela without the obliging climate.

We’ve had some really glorious moments of hypocrisy from the Trudeau regime. But the claim you bring in the Emergencies Act and simultaneously claim the Charter is still operative, especially after its gutting during the two-year COVID period, is the king and glory moment. The word regime used to get tossed around a lot when the calm and measured Stephen Harper was prime minister. But as with so many things, we had to wait for Justin Trudeau before it could have justifiable application.

After this, the Liberals and the NDP members are going to choke up a bit when they come to that part of our sacred anthem that sings of “the true North, strong and free.”

This government has had its way, and more than its way, during the abnormal and disruptive COVID era. It has gotten far too used to staying away from Parliament, holding back budgets, governing from the steps of the Rideau Cottage, imposing regulations and mandates with limited or no debate. It is almost as if it was practising, practising for a moment when it could untie itself from all accountability, throw off what little submission to democratic norms comes with being a minority.

Are there no hero MPs willing to get out in front of this gross usurpation of citizens’ rights, and with full vigour denounce a wild misuse of state authority? Are there not members in all parties who could on this issue bury their party association and jointly as members of the Canadian House of Commons condemn it? Condemn the extreme rhetoric being poured on Canadian workers, the talk of terrorists and “Trumpists,” the vile talk of “Nazism.” Condemn the stubborn, disdainful refusal to talk, to meet, to listen and go for compromise.

It really is too bad we had that election in mid-pandemic last year. It had no issue but convenience and opportunism. We could surely use an election after what we have seen and are seeing this week.

It’s one thing to “admire” how things can be done in China.

It’s quite another to seek to imitate them.

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