Calgary Alderman Diane Colley-Urquhart was quoted recently in the Calgary Sun as saying, “The precedent this is setting equally disturbs me because it’s really going to change the nature of any future protests or rallies when people like this can hide behind the Charter.”
People like who, Diane? Do you mean Canadians?
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states the freedom of peaceful assembly as a fundamental freedom.
Definition: forming the base, from which everything else develops; more important than anything else.
So here we are, waving our signs and attempting to shine a light on disparity in wealth, which naturally means disparity in power. A Canadian politician, annoyed by the inconvenience of our insistent presence, has the temerity to suggest that the freedoms each Canadian citizen is fundamentally entitled to, truly the last flag of equality we can trust and cling to, ought to be waived in favor of a bylaw.
And they call us confused.
Fundamental: forming the base – the foundation upon which Canada is built. How is it possible to hide behind that which upholds you?
Speaking of setting disturbing precedents, I wonder if anyone, even those who disagree 100% with the Occupy movement, has the foresight to consider what would happen if we allowed this to pass without comment.
It goes well beyond considerations of dead grass, irritated taxpayers and media hype. If we allow a fundamental freedom to be pushed aside for any reason, we set the stage for the eventual breakdown of the Charter itself. Do we really, any of us, want to go down that road? Is it acceptable for a political representative of Canadian citizens to even suggest that Canadians sacrifice our Charter rights for the sake of appeasing Joe Public?
Hey, Joe Public, what if they try to take away freedom of conscience and religion next?
What I find really inspirational about this movement is how the longer it goes on the ugly side of humanity is taking the bait to reveal its true nature. The power structure, even at the fairly insignificant municipal level can’t help but take notice and is beginning to make our case for us. Is this the Canada we want to live in? Think carefully before committing to your answer.
Disagree with our ideas all you like. Don’t destroy the founding values of our country in the process. If you do so, you destroy them for ALL of us, including yourself.