Although we can argue that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is seriously flawed, let’s remind ourselves of some of the sound principles expressed within it and think about whether Canadians are following them or not:
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association. 1
Power-hungry people undermine our natural rights and freedoms using various excuses. But regardless of what laws are passed, we can consider the essential principles behind these words and claim them as our own. We can also see how these words imply that we should be free to live without interference.
Governments pass laws that attack our basic freedoms in the name of “hate” speech. They pass laws that attack our due process rights and privacy in the name of terrorism and drunk driving, using methods of emotional manipulation and propaganda. And they pass laws shredding our property rights on behalf of the “environment”. Control over resources and power over our own individual lives is gradually transferred from each of us to centralized “authorities” who build their “New World Order”.
I’m not trying to glamorize these documents to make them more than what they are. Many of the points below contain wording that can be criticized. I’m not exploring legal or constitutional issues or discussing what form of government we should really have (if any). The point of the exercise is to dig up the principles and truths that resonate with what is natural and objectively good, philosophically sound, logically consistent and true. The principles we want to look for are those that make us decent, alive and strong. And it looks to me like these principles of individual rights have been subverted and buried under a pile of turds.
The Canadian Bill of Rights 2 –not perfect either–was introduced by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1960. 3 I remember the document (previous link: https://diefenbaker.usask.ca/virtual-exhibits/bill-of-rights-2007.php – original link: http://www.usask.ca/diefenbaker/galleries/virtual_exhibit/bill_of_rights/images/full_images/pic-1-1.jpg, new link: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/97/4d/89/974d89c5975dd252f3f99a48b4d303c8.jpg) pictured at the back of one of my school textbooks:
. . . The Parliament of Canada, affirming that the Canadian Nation is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, the dignity and worth of the human person and the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions;
. . . men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law;
And being desirous of enshrining these principles and the human rights and fundamental freedoms derived from them . . .
1. It is hereby recognized and declared that in Canada there have existed and shall continue to exist without discrimination by reason of race, national origin, colour, religion or sex, the following human rights and fundamental freedoms, namely,
(a) the right of the individual to life, liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by due process of law;
(b) the right of the individual to equality before the law and the protection of the law;
(c) freedom of religion;
(d) freedom of speech;
(e) freedom of assembly and association; and
(f) freedom of the press. . . .
2. . . . and in particular, no law of Canada shall be construed or applied so as to
(a) authorize or effect the arbitrary detention, imprisonment or exile of any person;
(b) impose or authorize the imposition of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment;
(c) deprive a person who has been arrested or detained
(i) of the right to be informed promptly of the reason for his arrest or detention,
(ii) of the right to retain and instruct counsel without delay, or
(iii) of the remedy by way of habeas corpus for the determination of the validity of his detention and for his release if the detention is not lawful;
(d) authorize a court, tribunal, commission, board or other authority to compel a person to give evidence if he is denied counsel, protection against self crimination or other constitutional safeguards; [The “if” weakens this statement.]
(e) deprive a person of the right to a fair hearing in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice for the determination of his rights and obligations;
(f) deprive a person charged with a criminal offence of the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, or of the right to reasonable bail without just cause; . . .
The 1960 Canadian Bill of Rights lacks the constitutional clout of the later Charter of Rights, but its principles go against current media propaganda, attitudes and practices since the end of the Cold War and the introduction of George H. W. Bush’s “New World Order”, and especially post 9/11, including legislation concerning social engineering, the “environment” and “anti-terrorism” measures:
- Recognition of a spiritual authority that is higher than human “authority”.
- The necessity of moral and spiritual values.
- The dignity and value of each human being–contrary to “lifeboat ethics” which is being taught by the school system. (For example, I have seen a “lifeboat” question recently in an Ontario high school correspondence course. These basically amount to, “Who do you throw out of the lifeboat?”) Human beings are being reduced to commodities to be exploited and enslaved. Think again about the real meaning of terms like “right to die”, the emphasis on organ donation, the propaganda about so-called free trade and the rhetoric about “too many people”. Think about where the culture has gone with entertainment.
- The necessity of the family.
- The right to property and the right to control our property. The courts are supposed to protect our rights. A centralized government is not supposed to micro-manage what we should be managing ourselves. Centralized legislation has been gradually and deceptively introduced over the decades by governments–just like the income tax was introduced–in order to subvert our natural rights–in the name of the “economy” or in the name of the “environment” or in the name of “society”.
- The right to due process of law. Contrary to current propaganda and practice by allies of Canada, cruelty and torture is unacceptable. And so is arbitrary detention. Also the presumption of innocence is sacrosanct.
- The State is not supposed to be “God” as it pretends to be. The government should not try to determine our reality for us and invade our conscience and beliefs. But this is what we are facing.
(Revised Edition: October 28, 2013)