Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms is being destroyed. It is under attack by the mean and bigoted. It is under attack by the ignorant. It will fail completely if not supported by Pierre Trudeau’s son Justin. He has the tools to save it.
Yet, Justin Trudeau seems reluctant. Is he vacillating on saving what makes Canada the truly safest country in the world? His government has the power of disallowance of provincial laws. And that includes these attacks on our charter, his charter and his father’s charter.
Justin Trudeau’s father was a leader who believed in a truly bilingual country from coast to coast. It benefits us in so many ways. It is evidence of our tolerance. It brings an elegance to our education systems. It makes us an artistic country. It brings strength to our economy. It was never designed to allow dominance of one language over another. It was to bring us together, not to divide.
Canada’s unity has to be protected from myopic little men in the Quebec legislature who want total power over a Quebec that speaks only French. Quebec needs rescuing from bigots who see skin color and religious symbols as an attack on their power. They want no immigration that does not share their language and their skin colour.
But this attack on our charter is not just from one province. There are those who attack the charter out of ignorance. The Ontario legislature has just passed a law saying people cannot go on strike for a living wage. The conservative government passed a law posing outrageous fines be levied if they did not return to their ill-paying jobs.
The conservatives did not declare these people to be essential workers—in which event, the workers would have the right to fair arbitration, and a living wage. They were treated as slaves to be whipped by their overseers.
Ontario refused fair negotiations with these workers. It wasn’t that the government was just abusing them. If the government gave in to these 50,000 education workers, there were another 150,000 education workers waiting to negotiate.
And then there is another ignorant new premier who intends to pass something called the Alberta Act that says her province does not have to obey any federal laws it does not like. That law has to be disallowed or else we can just join the Americans and help them in destroying both countries.
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