Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left many people gobsmacked this week when he denounced China for its crackdown on protesters. Many people denounced Trudeau for his authoritarian crackdown on truckers protesting Canada’s Covid insurance policies. Trudeau used terrorist legal guidelines to freeze financial institution accounts, deal with truckers as terrorists, and treat trucks as effective weapons. It is a continuation of Trudeau’s utter lack of self-awareness (and the media persevering with lack of objectivity). He beforehand was praised for his stance towards Cuba’s crackdown on protesters.
Trudeau instructed the media Tuesday, “Clearly everybody in China ought to be allowed to precise themselves, ought to be allowed to, you already know, share their — their views, and certainly protest. We’re going to proceed to make sure that China is aware of we’ll rise up for human rights, we’ll stand with people who find themselves expressing themselves.”
That’s coming from the person who invoked the 1988 Emergencies Act for the primary time to freeze accounts of truckers and contributions by different Canadian residents. It was completely pointless and, whereas the media is basically supportive of Trudeau, the powers have been condemned by civil liberties teams in Canada.
The 1988 legislation is supposed to deal with the best nationwide threats when current legal guidelines are inadequate. Nevertheless, there are ample legal guidelines permitting the clearing of roads and bridges. Trudeau is utilizing the Act to intimidate not simply the truckers however anybody who helps them. That features sending lists of names to banks for accounts to be frozen and going to court docket to stop donations from reaching the truckers.
Paradoxically, it was Trudeau’s father, who used the predecessor to the Act for the primary time in peacetime to droop civil liberties. Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau invoked the Struggle Measures Act on Oct. 16, 1970, after separatist terrorists calling themselves the Entrance de libération du Québec kidnapped British Commerce Commissioner James Cross and Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte. The prior Act had by no means been utilized in peacetime and solely twice earlier than throughout prior wars.
Justin Trudeau, like his father, has by no means been a powerful supporter of free speech. Certainly, he has extra typically championed its limitations. He beforehand declared that “freedom of expression just isn’t with out limits . . . we owe it to ourselves to behave with respect for others and to hunt to not arbitrarily or unnecessarily injure these with whom we’re sharing a society and a planet.”
He has lengthy been criticized for his anti-free speech insurance policies, together with his transfer to amend the Prison Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act to criminalize any “communication that expresses detestation or vilification of a person or group of people on the premise of a prohibited floor of discrimination.” That regulation of speech was criticized for its imprecise phrases to stop “social media platforms, [from being] used to threaten, intimidate, bully and harass individuals, or used to advertise racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, misogynistic and homophobic views that concentrate on communities, put individuals’s security in danger and undermine Canada’s social cohesion or democracy.”
Having Justice Trudeau converse out on the safety of free speech is akin to Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud talking out on the safety of the free press … it’s merely not his robust swimsuit.