Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s Liberals brought in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982. It gave Canadians the ease of mind and abilities to live free and independent lives without having to fear oppressive government regimes and without fearing their home, Canada. Today, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is re-inventing what it means to be afraid and watch out, he’s counting on your ignorance.
For the past two weeks, the Canada we know and love has been under siege, this time on the basis of freedom. While the Harper government commands a stronger military role in the world, apparently fighting for freedom abroad, he and his cronies are fighting to take away ours back home.
Let’s take a look at our beloved Charter of Rights and Freedoms as published in 1982. It is the reason we speak our minds and don’t get arrested. It is the reason you have fun on the weekends and don’t fear restrictive order. It is the reason Canada is considered to be one of the best countries in the world to live in. When we look overseas at Libya, Egypt, Syria, and many eastern states, we feel relieved for our safety and liberty, yet saddened for those who are still struggling the long and hard fight for freedom – the same freedom that we may very well be ignorantly giving away.
Nothing can be taken for granted, not even our rights. Bill C-30 Effectively Breaks Section 8 of the Charter.
Petitions are going around and it is in your best interests to sign them. Open Media and the Liberal Party are good first stops. This is what you get for not getting informed and voting in general elections.
Benjamin Franklin had strong words back in the day, “Those who are willing to give up their freedom for security deserve neither.”