We were always right about the Freedom Convoy
Two years later, a federal court confirms what most rational adults with functioning intellects already knew to be true: Trudeau and Freeland's Emergencies Act crackdown was FUBAR.
It actually happened: A brand of justice delayed, but not deferred.
In a nation where the rule of law is often no longer worth the paper it’s printed on, a Tuesday afternoon bombshell doubled as some temporal realignment of once-Western principles.
The Federal Court of Canada has confirmed that Trudeau overstepped his powers and violated the Charter by invoking the Emergencies Act to freeze the bank accounts of protesters, and truckers, and to kick the ever-living hell out of some yoga instructors, where previous laws were more than capable of clearing the crowds on Wellington Street.
However non-actionable, it’s the rarest of wins for a frigid banana republic with increasingly dubious humanitarian and democratic records, that coincidentally started to nosedive in and around the year 2015.
In the truest of modern ‘Liberal’ fashions, the bank-account-freezing, Charter-violating Chrystia Freeland will appeal the federal court’s ruling that the government’s use of the Emergencies Act was unconstitutional and unreasonable.
“The Liberals could have admitted that they completely overstepped their authority and abused state power, but that would require them having respect for their fellow citizens and believing there are actually limits on what the government can do.” -Spencer Fernando
In the words of Christine Van Geyn, Litigation Director at the Canadian Constitution Foundation, who helped bring about this result along with the dogged support of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, “BRING IT ON.”
What a strange place we few, we happy few, we band of non-insane authoritarian hypochondriacs find ourselves in two years later.
That protest movement you (likely) supported, that if you spoke about openly you’d lose so-called friends over? You were already right about that. Now you’re legally right.
That immediate creeping sense that mandates were nonsensical, dystopian, and only fomenting distrust in public health? That one-time thought crime has now been judicially approved.
In the weeks and months to come, there will be much to unpack on a legal about-face that finally makes some semblance of sense. In the here and now, perhaps it’s best to enjoy the win.
This very newsletter was founded upon the principles of the Freedom Convoy, and the lack of principles I witnessed in return from government, so I’ll be taking the briefest of moments, along with a few of you, to remember the kindness and community from so many of those strangers who lined highway overpasses and city streets begging to be heard, and better understood.
What they were met with instead should continue to bother Canadians to this day:
Character assassination from government
Fake stories and second-hand hoaxes in the legacy, subsidized press
Alienation from their peers
The ‘doxxing’ of their identities, leading to rampant firings
A class of mentally ill, sheltered Ottawans who were allowed to pin imagined ailments and “phantom honks” on men and women who only ever asked to be left alone to provide for their families
A fraudulent Rouleau commission that never threatened to hold a government in contempt of its very people
Now, such contempt isn’t just spoken about in the right company, it’s in print — on Canada’s permanent record.
The worst public servants of a generation, together with a co-opted and politicized police force, worked in tandem against the very public they half-heartedly pretended to serve.
With today’s landmark ruling, Canada may make a little more sense to those of moral fibre, but for the Tru-Anon fans in disbelief, fear not, we’ve still kept some of our batshit insane, degenerative-left charms, in the form of resignations that will never come.
Honestly, at this point, Trudeau could lather back on the boot polish, and Freeland could throw on Grandpa’s Iron Cross, and the two of them could goose-step down the frozen Rideau Canal, and they’d still return 80 seats in 2025 from their base of women with toxoplasmosis, and the ‘men’ who deign to sleep with them.
So we persevere. We dream of government’s less bad, men and women less repugnant, and movements back towards sanity — and normality — that once felt impossible, but are now looking all but assured.
We won’t rest on our laurels. We have far too few ‘wins’ to allow for that to happen. But tonight I’ll thinking about the Freedom Convoy, about readers like you, and about a few months in 2022 when suddenly I was proud to be Canadian again.
It was already worth it. We were already right.
But, boy, it sure feels nice to see it in print.
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