OPINION: Does Trudeau see Canada as the Cuba of North America? | Opinion
Canada leaves the western world.
In terms of global government, suppression of dissent, and denial of basic human rights to many of its citizens, Canada now resembles Cuba more than any free country. Canada may eventually return to Western civilization, but at the time of this writing, the majority of Canadians seem uninterested in doing so. According to Maru Public Opinion, “two-thirds (66%) of Canadians support the passage of the Emergencies Act by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. … A majority (56%) of Canadians do not support truckers protesting in any way. … This is a majority view in all provinces/regions of the country.
I suspect most Americans – and certainly most people outside of the United States or Canada – don’t know precisely what Canada’s Marxist Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is doing to his country.
Last week, for only the second time in Canadian history outside of war – the first time under Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, the other Marxist to govern Canada – Justin Trudeau invoked the emergency measures. This law allows a Canadian prime minister to suspend basic human rights and rule as a dictator.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation detailed how Trudeau uses the Emergencies Act to destroy the lives of Canadian dissidents. This should be read carefully. Such policies have never been adopted by any Western country against its own citizens (with the extremely rare exception of those actively engaged in terrorism):
“Using powers granted under the Emergencies Act, the federal government has ordered banks and other financial institutions to stop doing business with people associated with the anti-vaccine convoy occupying the nation’s capital.
“The government’s new directive, called the ‘Emergency Economic Measures Ordinance’, goes beyond asking banks to simply stop transferring funds to protest organizers. The government wants the banks to completely stop doing business with certain people.
“The order states that banks and other financial entities (such as credit unions, cooperatives, loan companies, trusts and cryptocurrency platforms) must stop “providing financial or related services to people associated with the protests – a move that will result in frozen accounts, blocked money and canceled credit cards.
“The Emergencies Act gives authorities the power to freeze the finances of those linked to blockades and protests, and the consequences could last long after the protests end. …
“The settlement’s definition of a ‘designated person’ also includes… anyone sending funds to support these protests. …
“Mark Blumberg is an attorney at Blumberg Segal LLP who specializes in nonprofit and charitable law. In an interview, he said that although the Emergencies Act gives banks time-limited powers, these institutions “could simply decide to close the person’s account” because there could be “huge risks” for the banks serving these customers in the future. Banks will work with law enforcement to decide who should be “unbanked”.
“A senior official said police may collect the names and license plate numbers of people participating in a protest or unlawful assembly and share that information with FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of Canada ). …
“Former CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) senior strategic analyst Jessica Davis (said) ‘people participating in the protest won’t be able to do things like pay bills, pay their hotel bills.’ They will also eventually run out of supplies. …
“With access to bank accounts and credit cards and other financial instruments suspended, protesters will not be able to pay things like hotel and fuel bills…
“Longer term,” Davis said, “it might be difficult for some of the participating truckers to get back to work because they might not have the insurance to operate a big rig. “Paying bills, paying rent and any kind of day-to-day financial transaction can be stopped for people who are part of the protest movement,” she said. There can also be “unintended consequences” of frozen accounts, such as the suspension of alimony and child support, Davis said. “It’s going to be very difficult for them.”
“Banks have been granted immunity from legal action in the event of a dispute over whether someone should have been refused financial services. “No proceedings under the Emergency Measures Act and no Civil proceedings may not be brought against an entity for complying with this order,” the regulations read.
None of these life-destroying and defying due process measures are necessary. The trucker protests could have ended by arresting drivers who would not move their trucks or would just tow their trucks. The purpose of these regulations is to destroy dissent and deter future dissent. In a nutshell, it’s ruining the lives of those who disobey Justin Trudeau.
As someone who has followed Canadian life over the decades — I have lectured in nine of Canada’s 10 provinces — Canada’s moral descent is depressing but not particularly surprising. Since I was at university in the 1970s, I have traveled abroad every year of my life except 2020 – to some 130 countries. I was not only interested in the countries I visited but also in the tourists who visited them. I remember well that when I was young, many young Canadians would sew a Canadian flag on their backpacks. Since almost no tourists from other countries have done this, I asked Canadians why they did it. Their reason was to identify as Canadians rather than Americans.
I’m not the first Canadian observer to notice that a big part of Canadian identity — especially among Canadian elites — is being a non-American. Many Canadians were and remain first and foremost non-Americans. Other than that, little else defines Canadians. And when a nation essentially represents nothing, bad things eventually happen – because nothingness is eventually filled or replaced by evil.
On my radio show, I once asked the late Charles Krauthammer, one of the most insightful commentators of that time, what he thought was the biggest difference between his native Canada and his adopted country, the United -United. Without hesitation, he declared that in America the national motto is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” and in Canada it is “Peace, Order and Good Government”.
The first inspires a nation. The second no.
When Fidel Castro died, Justin Trudeau gave the most positive assessment of the Cuban tyrant of any Western leader. It is worth quoting in full because it demonstrates Trudeau’s affection for communism and because Trudeau is turning Canada into Cuba:
“It is with deep sadness that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest-serving president. Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for nearly half a century. A revolutionary and legendary orator, Mr. Castro brought about significant improvements in the education and health care of his island nation.
“Although a controversial figure, Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his immense dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante’.
“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honor to meet his three sons and his brother, President Raul Castro, during my recent visit to Cuba.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to Mr. Castro’s family, friends and countless supporters. We join the Cuban people today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.
There remains a major difference between Canada and Cuba. Few Cubans support their Marxist leaders, but most Canadians support theirs. They don’t know what they are doing.
Prager is a nationally broadcast radio talk show host whose column is distributed by Creators Syndicate.