May 29, 2024

The European website, published my article titled “Freedom Convoy Protesters in Crosshairs of Illiberal Canadian Government” on May 15, 2024.

In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one can argue, to whom one can represent grievances, on whom the pressures of power can be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the power to act…” – Hannah Arendt

The Freedom Convoy protests in January-February 2022 in Ottawa, Canada, and several Canada-USA border points, sought to remove pandemic measures, including vaccine passports and quarantine measures. Since the protests ended with the invocation of the Emergencies Act by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, numbers of protesters have ended up in court. Dozens of protesters have had their charges dropped. But other cases have resulted in convictions. And in some cases, when a defendant is acquitted, the Crown has appealed. What follows is a review of some of the circumstances where protesters have been penalized.

The treatment of these protesters stands in contrast with government responses to ongoing public protests in Canada in the ‘pre-pandemic’ history of the nation. In that normative era of Canadian democracy, government responses to protests — even if protesters were shutting down infrastructure — resulted in court verdicts that were measured and light. Certainly compared to the verdicts sought by the Crown in response to numbers of Freedom Convoy protesters.

For the full article go to this link: “Freedom Convoy Protesters...”

Ray McGinnis