It is like making sausage. You really did not want to dig into the process. That is what Justice Paul Rouleau and his ‘Freedom Convoy’ Inquiry has gotten into. The vulgar, but technical enough, term for what happened in Ottawa last February appears to be a CLUSTER-F**K. The list of the guilty appears to cover all three levels of government, politicians and their servants alike.
And nobody can spread the blame more thoroughly than civil servants. They know the nuances of political speak. They know what memos to incinerate and which to discover. They know who should be called as witnesses and who to hide. They know who to impeach and whom to protect.
And why is premier Ford not on the witness list? It was his ministers and his employees who fumbled the blockade at the vital Ambassador Bridge. It was his incompetent minister who ignored pleas from the City of Ottawa. And we can only hope that Justice Rouleau spends some time discussing the disgusting lack of intelligence sharing between the RCMP, OPP and Ottawa Police Services.
But we should have no sympathy for the Ottawa police chief who let his cops collapse in the face of numbers. Any military strategist could have told him that when you don’t have the numbers, you need to use your brain. It is not just there to hold up your brass hat.
And they could have brought in MP Bill Blair. He was the guy who let his expanded force kettle innocent civilians during the G7 meeting in Toronto back in 2010. (And he did not even need an emergency act.)
Even MP Marco Mendicino, minister of public safety, could have been helpful in discussing some legal avenues open to the Ottawa Police Services. Why he was not in the forefront of the federal government response to the convoy is a question Justice Rouleau should ask him.
We were cheering when the emergency act was applied. We watched, delighted, the methods of the enlarged police action. It took only one foray by Toronto’s Police equestrian team to show that horses might be old fashioned but they sure scared those truckers. It was the best television show we had seen since before the pandemic.
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