Feb. 15, 2022

Justin Trudeau: The Imperious Son.

On April 17th, 1982, then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau signed into law, along with Queen Elizabeth, the Canadian Charter of Rights. Considered the Canadian equivalent of the United States Bill of rights.

The Charter granted to every Canadian citizen certain fundamental, democratic rights. Among these was the right to life liberty and personal security. The right to live and work anywhere within Canada's borders.

And most critical for our discussion today is the right to peaceful assembly.

Yesterday, Justin Pierre James Trudeau, the current Prime Minister of Canada, took the first steps in negating that right of peaceful assembly.

By initiating the Emergency Powers Act, Trudeau the younger has indicated his willingness to break, by whatever force needed, the peaceful assembly of the Canadian Truckers.

Who, as you know, has for the past couple of weeks paraded a convoy across Canada. Which convoy is not parked in the capital city of Ottawa, as well as several border crossings with the United States.

As demonstrations go this one is entirely orderly and most peaceful. In marked contrast to the recent demonstrations that we have endured here in the US. Where such groups as Antifa and Black Lives Matter staged violent riots within several American Cities over the past year or so.

When left to their own, the Canadian Truckers have been entirely well behaved, as have the thousands of their supporters who have greeted them at every intersection and overpass on their drive to Ottawa.

It's an open question whether these assemblies can remain peaceful after the Emergency Act is put in place. And no doubt troops sent in.

On a very positive note, just hours ago the Ambassador Bridge linking Canada to Detroit was reopened after negotiations between Canadian authorities and the Truckers were concluded successfully.

But to give you some idea of how closely aligned our two countries are consider this. This one bridge carries over 40,000 computers daily. Many if not most for jobs across the borders.

While also on a daily basis nearly $325 million dollars worth of goods across the bridge. So important is this Canadian source of parts and components, that US automakers were closing plants when it was announced that the Bridge was closing. Americans simply did not have the parts needed to build new cars.

The Truckers, after all, are a vital cog in the Supply Chain. Without them, our already fragile economy would get even worse. No doubt threatening to fall into recession.

That's what makes the reaction by both Ottawa and Washington all the more puzzling. So far there have been two reactions by our nation's leaders.

First when President Joe Biden admonished the Canadian Prime Minister to “get tough” with the demonstrations.

And now second, when Trudeau threatens the Truckers with an armed response.

What's happening to our two countries? Countries that are supposed to be among the leading democracies in the world.

Why has there been absolutely no effort to talk to the truckers? To negotiate, and find out the full scope of their grievances.

Conflicts are not unusual in modern democracies. In fact, we could say that they're part of our way of life. Two parties often get locked in major disagreements.

Recently there was the 1994 Baseball Strike or the 1997 strike by workers at United Parcel Service.

In Canada, there were the 2007 railway workers strike. Or my own personal favorite, 1902 by coal workers, primarily here in Pennsylvania. The strike was settled when then-President Theodore Roosevelt, invited all parties to come to Washington, and hash out their disagreement.

But the theme here is the same. Bring the parties together. Sit down. And discuss their differences.

But that's not happening today. In fact, it's apparently not even suggested.

Why?

There is an imperiousness coming from Ottawa and I might add from Washington. That flows from such things as mandates and executive orders.

It's most undemocratic.

I can't help by wonder what Trudeau the elder would think of this son today?