Thursday, March 11th, 2010
It’s another insanely oppressive attack on your section 8 charter rights to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, back from the dead. First floated last October and effectively quashed by the act of prorogation, these agenda items will keep coming back like the undead until Canadians capitulate or a regime more favourable to our natural rights is installed. But here’s the big picture. As this journal mentioned back in October, the reason why we’re seeing this, or continual reintroduction of DMCA or ACTA copyright legislation, is because it’s one tiny but important part of an agenda to ‘harmonize’ Canadian law with that of the EU as we drive towards a free trade pact. The HST tax (known in Europe as the VAT), restrictive copyright negotiations, industrial food advocacy and random roadside checkpoints are a part of EU law – not Canada’s. So why are the Tories forcing parts of that rulebook on Canadians – a sovereign nation with a Constitution that says this sort of thing just isn’t done – if not to grease the skids for economic and legal integration? We’ve all got the same body scanners now, the control grid is being manifest. So here’s a question to ponder, because it’s vital to the wider issue of whether it’s legitimate to be scanned and analyzed and prodded without reasonable suspicion you’ve already committed a crime – does the state grant its citizens rights, or does a state govern by the consent of its citizens? These are the two political worldviews typified by Machiavelli and Locke – choose wisely.
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Janice Tibbetts and Kenyon Wallace, National Post
March 11, 2010
Critics fear racial profiling
The Harper government appears ready to move ahead with imposing random roadside breath testing, which a new federal discussion paper says has produced “remarkable results” in catching drunk drivers in other countries.
The proposal has encountered skepticism, however, with civil liberties proponents warning that the new legislation could give police the power to detain drivers without reasonable grounds or suspicion.
“The reality is that it creates a bit of a police-state mentality in which an innocent person can be subjected to a whole host of testings,” said Edward Prutschi, a Toronto criminal lawyer.
“One’s going to have to put an awful lot of faith in the typical officer on the road because they are going to be given a dramatically expanded discretion — basically absolute carte blanche — to stop anyone, anywhere, anytime and demand breath alcohol testing.”