It seems appropriate to review the base tenants of the Charters

By Peter Christensen

Opinion Commentary

Now that Brian Horejsi and Gerry Warner, in their opinion pieces, using the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that the cloth polished their boots to a beautiful shiny shine, it seems appropriate to review the basic tenets of the Charters.

Our tradition, that is, the Canadian tradition of freedom, also known as the Magna Carta of freedom, gives every Canadian citizen the following rights:

  • Freedom of conscience and religion.
  • Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of speech and of the press.
  • Freedom of peaceful assembly.
  • Freedom of association.

The language and inferences of those who have drawn derisory comparisons between Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the recent protests in our capital have based their comments on the very lack of tolerance of authoritarian governments. This desire for authoritarian tactics and a list rather than a negotiated treaty makes me very sad, it makes me fear for the future of Canada.

I may disagree with the content of some protests, however confusing they may appear from the outside. However, I believe the Charter of Rights and Freedoms worth defending; its adoption seems to be the only proof of a Canadian conscience.

One reporter remarked that he was surprised to see what he interpreted as “extreme right” protesters wrapping themselves in a Canadian flag. A somewhat naive observation, I grant you, but which raises the specter of “extreme left” politicians doing the same thing. The powerful message from the chest of the two beings who could be right!

Suppose that instead of embracing the postures of aggression, which have been so easily sold to us, Canadians demand a compassionate and conciliatory approach to protesters from the outset.

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Suppose our government used an early education and discussion approach to disband the protesters rather than fueling the fuel of arrogance and the divisive stone wall? Suppose the negotiation began with the recognition that our Magna Carta of Freedom is a working document from which a desire for resolution can be drawn? Could the result have been different? Is it possible?

Once again, Canadians have been deceived and deceived by partisan politicians in the Prime Minister’s Office. Unelected insiders who arbitrarily, based on their best guess of what will buy them votes, decide the course of our government.

The choice is yours, you can polish your boots and beat the war drum while jumping and dancing to the beat of partisan propaganda or you can step back and demand a compassionate and reasonable solution based on democratic principles and the Charter .

Which do you think would be best for Canadians in the long run?

-Peter Christensen is a writer based in Columbia Valley


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