Via Rail train plot brings counterterrorism, civil liberties to top of House’s agenda
The Globe and Mail | April 23, 2013
News of a terror plot to attack a Via Rail train, just one week after the Boston Marathon bombings, has pushed public security to the front burner just as the Harper government seeks Parliament’s authority to curb civil liberties in the name of keeping Canadians safe. …
York South-Weston NDP MP Mike Sullivan said former Progressive Conservative prime minister John Diefenbaker, a champion of civil rights, “would be rolling over in his grave” if he knew of this bill. …
I just think about that school history textbook years ago that listed Diefenbaker’s Canadian Bill of Rights (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmhr_mcdp/5595860235/). And I’m reading that as a kid with all the thoughts it inspires in my mind about rights and freedoms.
But nowadays, all of those fine words and the emotional energy invested by readers is just wasted!?
The words just turn to dust and blow away in the wind because of the staged 9/11 event and the lame official story that’s full of holes.
All those years during the Cold War we were threatened with nuclear annihilation but nobody succeeded in taking away our liberties.
Before 9/11, Pierre Trudeau’s invoking of the War Measures Act to combat FLQ terrorism was seen by many as dubious and shameful.
Then suddenly after 9/11, the Liberals and the Conservatives – along with many other nations – in lockstep as the New World Order – are all set to go with legislation that takes away rights and freedoms that we need to shield us against abuses by government.
Canadians then join with Americans in creating anti-freedom pro-torture propaganda TV and movies for brainwashing every age group.
Then we saw all the unjust detentions as well as “renditions” and torture – and literally eternal war and bombings ever since.
Do people think they take away our rights to “protect” us?
Here, read the old Bill of Rights and see how the principles completely contradict the trendy pro-tyranny totalitarian crap we have to put up with.
Over and over, it contradicts the new bill and other trendy values-destroying legislation:
Canadian Bill of Rights
S.C. 1960, c. 44
Assented to 1960-08-10
An Act for the Recognition and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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;
Affirming also that 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, in a Bill of Rights which shall reflect the respect of Parliament for its constitutional authority and which shall ensure the protection of these rights and freedoms in Canada:
Therefore Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
BILL OF RIGHTS
Marginal note:Recognition and declaration of rights and freedoms
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.
Marginal note: Construction of law
2. Every law of Canada shall, unless it is expressly declared by an Act of the Parliament of Canada that it shall operate notwithstanding the Canadian Bill of Rights, be so construed and applied as not to abrogate, abridge or infringe or to authorize the abrogation, abridgment or infringement of any of the rights or freedoms herein recognized and declared, 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; [water-boarding and so on so trendy now with the “new” values]
(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; [principles directly contradicted by S-7 which is all about forcing people to talk]
(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; or [people – at least the media anyway – are so “clever” now, so “advanced” and trendy that they can tell someone is guilty because the worshipful government says so]
(g) deprive a person of the right to the assistance of an interpreter in any proceedings in which he is involved or in which he is a party or a witness, before a court, commission, board or other tribunal, if he does not understand or speak the language in which such proceedings are conducted.
Marginal note: Duties of Minister of Justice
3. (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Minister of Justice shall, in accordance with such regulations as may be prescribed by the Governor in Council, examine every regulation transmitted to the Clerk of the Privy Council for registration pursuant to the Statutory Instruments Act and every Bill introduced in or presented to the House of Commons by a Minister of the Crown, in order to ascertain whether any of the provisions thereof are inconsistent with the purposes and provisions of this Part and he shall report any such inconsistency to the House of Commons at the first convenient opportunity.
Marginal note: Exception
(2) A regulation need not be examined in accordance with subsection (1) if prior to being made it was examined as a proposed regulation in accordance with section 3 of the Statutory Instruments Act to ensure that it was not inconsistent with the purposes and provisions of this Part.
1960, c. 44, s. 3;
1970-71-72, c. 38, s. 29;
1985, c. 26, s. 105;
1992, c. 1, s. 144(F).
Marginal note:Short title
4. The provisions of this Part shall be known as the Canadian Bill of Rights.
5. (1) Nothing in Part I shall be construed to abrogate or abridge any human right or fundamental freedom not enumerated therein that may have existed in Canada at the commencement of this Act.
Marginal note:”Law of Canada” defined
(2) The expression “law of Canada” in Part I means an Act of the Parliament of Canada enacted before or after the coming into force of this Act, any order, rule or regulation thereunder, and any law in force in Canada or in any part of Canada at the commencement of this Act that is subject to be repealed, abolished or altered by the Parliament of Canada.
Marginal note:Jurisdiction of Parliament
(3) The provisions of Part I shall be construed as extending only to matters coming within the legislative authority of the Parliament of Canada.
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