This week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the lightweight,
unpopular elected leader of a country with a 93% vaccination rate for those over 60
and a total vaccination rate of 84%, announced that he would invoke the
Emergencies Act in order to crack down on the Freedom Convoy — a group of
protesters opposed to government vaccination mandates for truckers. Trudeau
breathily announced that invocation of the law was in fact “reasonable and
proportionate.” His public safety minister, Marco Mendicino, said that the actions
were required thanks to “intimidation, harassment, and expressions of hate.”
Why the government would need to invoke emergency powers in order to
move some trucks remains beyond understanding; after all, the police had just
removed trucks from the Ambassador Bridge, reopening that trade artery with the
United States. Meanwhile, provinces across Canada have already begun alleviating
their COVID-19 restrictions, from vaccine passports to masking. There is no
emergency here that would justify use of the Emergencies Act — as even the BBC
noted, “It is so far unclear which scenario Mr. Trudeau would rely on to justify the
use of the Emergency Act — (the relevant threats have not) been clearly present in
Nonetheless, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland explained that the
government would be extending laws designed to stop terror funding to now
encompass crackdowns on political dissent: “Financial service providers will be able
to immediately freeze or suspend an account without a court order. In doing so,
they will be protected against civil liability for actions taken in good faith.” In plain
language, this means that the government of Canada has now empowered banks to
freeze accounts who give money to political causes the government doesn’t like.
The move to de-bank disfavored political actors has already been gaining
steam — in January 2021, PayPal blocked a Christian crowdfunding site from using
its services; the next month, Paypal announced it would work with the Left-wing
Southern Poverty Law Center to find users to boot. As one of Paypal’s original
creators, David Sacks, wrote, “when your name lands on a No-Buy List created by a
consortium of private fintech companies, to whom can you appeal?” In Canada, it’s
worse than that: The de-banking has become government sponsored.
And if Trudeau is able to invoke emergency powers to de-bank his political
opponents — people he has labeled racists simply for opposing his vaccine
mandates — where, precisely, does this end? What’s to stop powerful political actors
from violating liberties on the same pretext?
The answer, of course, is nothing. And perhaps that’s the point: from now on,
dissent against Left-wing perspectives may be criminalized. Watch what you say —
your bank account is on the line.
Over the course of the past century, the political Left made a promise: that if
they were granted more and more centralized power, they would protect their
citizens, particularly during times of emergency. That promise was always a lie, but
the pandemic exploded that lie in particularly egregious fashion. This left the Left
with two options: to abandon that article of faith, an idea central to their entire
worldview; or to persecute heretics. Trudeau, unsurprisingly, has chosen the latter.
Emergency powers will be necessary until the people enthusiastically agree that
their betters in government ought to rule them.
Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The
Ben Shapiro Show,” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the
New York Times bestsellers “How To Destroy America In Three Easy Steps,” “The
Right Side Of History,” and “Bullies.” To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read
features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
This story syndicated with permission from kerri, Author at Trending Politics
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