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Emergencies Act inquiry

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Emergencies Act inquiry

The Emergencies Act inquiry, which is a legal requirement to determine if the conditions for its invocation were met, has turned into a blame game. “You didn’t act soon enough. You didn’t do what I told you. I could have ended the blockade without the EA.” Such accusations are not helpful. What the inquiry has revealed is that no plan for dealing effectively with such unlawful behaviour was in place, but who would have dreamed such disregard for law would occur in law-abiding Canada? Now, let’s suppose that the inquiry finds no justification for the imposition. What will happen? Pardon all the offenders? Refund all the fines? Reimburse the truckers? Invite them back? Would any government ever invoke the EA again? Let us hope that the various security groups co-operate in the development of a comprehensive contingency plan to deal with any recurrence of such violation of law and order.

More trick than treat

Knowingly place children at serious risk of harm by including “edibles” in Halloween treats? Get charged on 13 counts, all serious in my opinion. Stand before the courts and accept a release on a promise to appear! Ludicrous, absolutely ludicrous. Decisions like this by the justice system are exactly what encourages others to commit criminal acts and ultimately perpetuate the crumbling society we call Canada. So, so very sad.

Passing the buck

I am so tired of political posturing and deflection. Yesterday’s editorial highlights many valid points, including the fallacy about inadequate federal funding. It also highlights the need to stop finger-pointing, stop the political grandstanding and start dealing productively with our ongoing medical crisis.

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