Police state, the only state Trudeau loves

Justin Trudeau’s government are in a soup. On one hand, they hate Canadians, while on the other, they are scared of them. The more they hate their own employers, the more they are scared of them. And the more they are scared of their own employers, the more they hate them.

Take the Canada Day 2022 celebrations in the nation’s capital, for a typical example. Ottawa’s streets have been fenced off and police were all over the place.

Why? So nobody of a different opinion such as last winter’s Freedom Convoy can come in and spoil the fun.

The power that be whine that the truckers’ blockade not only upset them, it also was illegal.

Yes, the truckers may have contravened the law on occasion. The question that remains unanswered is whether the use of the Emergencies Act was legal in the first place.

There was no vehicle traffic around Parliament Hill. The seat of democracy and constitutional freedoms was closed off, and that ended up including the three bridges connecting Ottawa to Quebec across the Ottawa River. No cars were allowed throughout a three-kilometre section of the Ottawa core all the way from the Canadian War Museum to the U.S. Embassy.

Making sure Canada’s capital looked like a war zone, the City of Ottawa has been particularly quick to tow anything that looks out of place during the week preceding Canada Day. The city’s bylaw department showed all who don’t mind wasting their time by following them on social media that they mean business. They displayed flatbed trucks towing away vehicles that parked in the city’s new “Vehicle Control Zone.”

Spying on Canadians

The Royal Mounted Police (RCMP) was candid enough to admit that they use spyware to infiltrate mobile devices and collect data on ordinary citizens.

Canada’s Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) have announced that they found some intriguing information to prove the allegation. Buried in a document presented to House of Commons, June 22, 2022, the RCMP answered lawmakers’ questions regarding the government’s use of surveillance on Canadian citizens. This, the CCLA stated, is a precedent-setting case. Never before have any Canadian police service admitted so openly that they had been using controversial and invasive surveillance tools in targeted investigations.

The RCMP’s Covert Access and Intercept Team (CAIT) used “on-Device Investigative Tools” to remotely collect texts, e-mails, photos, videos, financial information and even turn on microphones and cameras remotely on target devices. They still needed to obtain a warrant. But: this was the first time the Privacy Commissioner heard about this.

Who’s to blame? According to the RCMP, it’s the irresponsible Canadians who prefer their communications with others to remain private.

Here’s the official word: “In less than a generation, a high number of Canadians migrated their daily communications from a small number of large telecommunication service providers, all of which provided limited and centrally controlled services to customers, to countless organizations in Canada and elsewhere that provide a myriad of digital services to customers.”

How cheeky! “That decentralization, combined with the widespread use of end-to-end encrypted voice and text-based messaging services, make it exponentially more difficult for the RCMP to conduct court-authorized electronic surveillance,” the Parliamentary document quoted the RCMP as stating.

RCMP obfuscated even in their statements before the House: not a word on what kind of investigations could (or would) excuse the use of these intrusive tools. Neither did they specify the tools they used, and whence they were coming.

Following reports of government’s unlawful activities that led to the imposition of the Emergencies Act last winter, Trudeau’s office announced they would release their decision-making process so everyone can judge them as innocent and responsible people. They went so far as to blazon how unusual (and forthcoming of them) it was that they would lift the confidentiality rule on government’s internal conversations.

Will they admit who decided to send Canadian Special Forces on surveillance flights over the trucker Freedom Convoy? That spy plane could eavesdrop with ease on people’s cell phone calls and track the smallest of their movements.

A military directive banned any such flights, specifically saying that Canadian Forces personnel, as well as vehicles, were to avoid the Freedom Convoy protests. The ban included Royal Canadian Air Force planes.

Canada’s Department of National Defence have come up with a disingenuous excuse: these particular Special Forces flights over the Freedom Convoy were perfectly kosher. The airplane they were using was a private defence contractor’s aircraft, and it was registered in the U.S., to boot.

Would this be included in the minutes to be released, too?

Whoever believes that Trudeau’s government would release the minutes in their entirety, completely unredacted, dreams in Technicolor. Besides, even if the minutes were released without a single change of correction, only what the officials taking down the minutes deem to be binding or necessary is recorded.

They would have to release complete audio (or, better still, video) recordings and allow outside experts to check them for any hidden technical mischief.

Will they do THAT? A rhetorical question.

But why, oh why?

It has been a rule throughout history that governments that (at long last, and usually too late) realise their system of governing is coming to an inglorious end resort to all kinds of authoritarian methods to avoid the ignominy.

That’s when they start imposing all kinds of laws that are anything but democratic. That’s when they turn to secretiveness: how can anyone criticise anything if they’re unaware of what is actually happening?

One of the Freedom Convoy organisers, Tamara Lich, was arrested, tried, and, eventually, released on bail.

The judge who performed this perversity of justice was a failed Liberal Party election candidate, a donor to the cause and a believer in that party’s infallibility. When his party leader says someone’s guilty, who is he to question it?

The government are clearly afraid that someone would spoil their day by asking uncomfortable questions. So, they had Ms. Lich re-arrested: she broke her parole conditions, the official put-off claimed.

And how about this? Some 715,000 Canadians downloaded the Department of Environment’s weather monitoring application. Does it come as a huge surprise to find out that the department’s WeatherCAN application collected e-mail addresses, locations and personal information of so many Canadians since the program’s launch in 2019?

Nobody outside of government knows what purpose such collections of data serve. In fact, not many inside government corridors are aware, either.

The Department of Environment have attached this warning label to their app: “All personal information created, held or collected via this app by the department is protected under the Privacy Act.”

Indeed? This government’s record shows their word isn’t worth much (if anything).

One of Canada Day celebrations’ objectives is to remind us all about the country’s foundations. Freedom and democracy.

How quickly they forget!

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