The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms theoretically bestows the protections of a civilized society on every resident of this country.
It is the modern version of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract theory, best succinctly described, in my view, by an article in the British Library Collection of philosophical writings:
“People could only experience true freedom if they lived in a civil society that ensured the rights and well-being of its citizens. Being part of such a society involved submitting to the general will – a force that transcended individuals and aimed to uphold the common good.”
We used to have that in Canada, in British Columbia and in Vancouver … and over the past 154 years …. despite shortcomings, outright failures and conflicts, Canadians built a pretty successful nation and society based on those principles.
Not bad, even when compared to other nations and societies that have ben around a thousand years longer than we have!
But too many these days are turning to bullying, disruptions and even threats to get THEIR way … and have lost their respect for the rule of law, respect for others and even respect for basic civility.
Because weak, spineless politicians are LETTING them getting away with it, CATERING to them, and some would say even ENCOURAGING them!
Demonstrations are an absolutely essential part of our rights in a democratic society, but that does not give anyone the right to trample the rights of thousands of other citizens, by blocking their access to roads, bridges, buildings … even hospitals.
But that happened in Vancouver last week, when anti-maskers and anti-vaccine agitators hindered Vancouver General Hospital patients, health workers and even an ambulance … without any consequences for the organizers/perpetrators: https://globalnews.ca/news/8159734/bc-vaccine-hospital-protests/
Where was Mayor Kennedy Stewart? Where were City Hall officials? A mob closes West 12th … right in front of VGH … for hours … and City Hall was in hiding!
Vancouver Police probably feel that, under the current radical left City Council, had they moved in to re-open the street and ambulance/worker access, it’s they who would have felt the wrath from !2th and Cambie!
Protests are also a legitimate means of drawing attention to, expressing dissatisfaction and even interrupting a project or policy … UNLESS or UNTIL the Courts determine the project can proceed.
At Fairy Creek, a band of activists have ignored Court Orders, police instructions and tried to stop logging in an area covered by a Permit/contract originally approved in 2017 by the provincial government and the local First Nations band.
Over the past two years, more than 800 protestors have been arrested … I’m told some of them repeatedly … with little consequences.
BC Courts, like BC politicians, are NOT doing their job … to protect society by enforcing the laws!
So no wonder that in Vancouver last week, another group of 75 activists held a “die in”, lying down in the street at one of Vancouver’s busiest intersections, Broadway and Cambie, at 5 p.m. … rush-hour … for almost two hours.
Thousands of Vancouverites, on their way home after work, had their lives disrupted, east/west bound and north/south bound, … as the police stood by and did nothing until 7 p.m … arresting only the last two who refused repeated orders to leave.
But for most …no consequences!
Again, where was the Mayor? Where were City Officials? Again, no leadership!
As a result, these “actions” are not only increasing in frequency, they are getting bolder.
One anti-pipeline faction even issued what sure sounded to me like a THREAT.
They warned several worldwide Insurance companies if the Trans Canada pipeline is not scrapped they should refrain from issuing policies covering any aspect of the project:
How do these un-elected activists, agitators and self-designated dictators get away with it?
Because our political “leaders” …. at federal, provincial and municipal level … are so weak, so intimidated … and in some cases I believe even ideologically supportive of the actions of the anarchists!
Watch and listen how many of them actually CATER to these societal disrupters … who go well beyond their democratic rights to oppose, to protest or to boycott.
And yet, Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth expect restaurant, bar, gym owners to impose and enforce the coming Covid Pass requirement???? And deal with the angry, lawless mob THEY have helped create, grow and even encourage with their hands-off approach to actually enforcing so many laws????
Call the cops? And wait a couple of hours for them to show up?
Plus, everyone knows almost NOTHING happens these days to those who do wantonly disrupt the rights of thousands, ignore the laws, spit on Court injunctions and even destroy property and intimidate or assault passersby .
The Social Contract foundation upon which our Western society was built and flourished has been usurped by the Law of Little Consequences.
Time for our timid, frightened “leaders” to stand up for the rule of law; give police the green light to enforce the law … keep roads and bridges open; and, have Prosecutors urge the Courts to do more than just release those convicted of breaking the law(s) and disrupting the lives and rights of thousands of citizens.
The public .. and Rousseau … would no doubt approve.
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