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Time to suspend Canada’s Commonwealth membership


SINCE Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau announced his unprecedented draconian measures against his own citizens, I’ve struggled to decide which I have found more shocking: the measures or the complete silence and lack of reaction to them from every Western Government and virtually every legacy media outlet.

Not content with smearing them with every tag in Hillary Clinton’s infamous dictionary of ‘deplorables’ (strange how hate speech only exists when sent in one particular ideological direction, with even an opposing Jewish MP smeared as a Nazi by Trudeau), not only the protesting truckers have had their bank accounts frozen without a court authorisation, but so has anyone else who has offered them any support, including people who legally donated to crowdfunding campaigns to fund the protests or individuals and businesses who supported them. Even worse, details of individual donors have been hacked from websites and leaked to Canadian and American newspapers who’ve gleefully published them and then sat back and watched individuals and businesses being harassed, some to the point of having to close.

The measures enacted by Trudeau stand in stark contrast to his response to other far more violent protests in the last two years, many of which seemingly had the seal of approval from Trudeau and his supporters. One of those was the notorious Kamloops demonstrations where supposedly mass graves of indigenous children were discovered but which later transpired to be tree stumps, as reported by the Dorchester Review on January 11 2022. And of course before that there were the widespread riots following the death of George Floyd. Despite widespread looting and vandalism, including the toppling of a historic statue of Queen Victoria, Trudeau’s police stood idly by and did nothing.

Trudeau’s measures against the truckers and their supporters and the way he enacted emergency legislation, not only without Parliamentary approval, but even closing down Canada’s Federal Parliament whilst doing so, is an act of unprecedented authoritarianism not seen in any Western democracy in living memory, yet Western leaders continue to keep silent on the matter.

When one glances at the number of members of Trudeau’s Cabinet, including his deputy, Chrystia Freeland, who are members of the World Economic Forum’s so-called panel of Young Global Leaders, and their fellow members up to their elbows in repressive Covid measures too, such as Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron, one can see a possible explanation for the silence of certain world leaders over Trudeau’s measures. At a recent press conference Freeland seemed to almost be salivating at the prospect of seizing the life savings of the truckers and of anyone who had the temerity to give any aid to them. We certainly seem right to have serious concerns about what the agenda of the World Economic Forum really is. Citizens’ freedoms and liberties, plus equality under the law, certainly don’t appear to be part of that agenda.

This continuing inaction is not good enough. A far more robust response is called for in support of our beleaguered fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in Canada. Meekly looking the other way, as has largely been done over the treatment by China of our fellow citizens in Hong Kong, is just not good enough. In past times Commonwealth members have had their memberships suspended for not following the rule of law and for attacking their own citizens. Zimbabwe, South Africa, Fiji and Pakistan all had their memberships suspended at various times until democracy and some semblance of the rule of law was allowed to prevail.

The time has come to do likewise with Canada, to treat Trudeau as a pariah and to expel Canada from the Commonwealth until Trudeau’s regime is driven from office and the rule of law restored in full.

This appeared in Patrick Clarke’s Column on February 22, 2022, and is republished by kind permission. 

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Patrick Clarke
Patrick Clarke
Patrick Clarke was briefly active in politics during the 1970's before leaving to 'get a life'. You can read more articles from Patrick Clarke in his Substack column.

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