WARNING: Strong language and feelings ahead. Canadian democracy is at risk, so you’re damned right I’m worked up:
Okay, our country has taken a new turn for the worse this morning, after our national police force has apparently violated our constitution to ground a banner-carrying plane circling Ottawa, only 1.5 hours into their planned 3 hour flight.
Now there are Conservatives online saying that the plane could have plausibly been part of a terror plot, provoking the RCMP response to call the airport, to contact the plane, to ask it to return so the pilot could be questioned. Does that seem like logical thinking, or justifying gross abuse of police power for a political purpose?
Something is seriously wrong in our country’s democracy when anti-democratic thought prevails among Conservatives willing to subjugate free speech and good sense to their party leader’s feelings and pride. Using 9/11 as an excuse to suppress our Charter rights? Despicable. If that wasn’t the intention, some serious contemplation of priorities is in order.
Hmm, not off to a good start, maybe you need more time:
What’s ridiculous is that thought pattern has become mainstream since 9/11/01, when it’s completely anti-democratic and illogical too. It’s totally implausible that a banner-carrying plane would be part of a stealth 1.5 hour long terror attack. If “anti-terror boxes” are ticked by banner carrying plane, your checklist maker is shit.
The banner said “Stephen Harper Hates Us” in French. Who is us? Maybe it meant the people who put the plane in the air?
A public service group’s plane chartered to fly an anti-Stephen Harper message around Gatineau was ordered to land by the RCMP on Saturday.
Larry Rousseau of the Public Service Alliance of Canada said the plane towing the message “Stephen Harper Nous Deteste” (Steven Harper Hates Us) was flying in the Ottawa area when RCMP contacted the pilot and told them to land.
Rousseau said the pilot was then “interrogated” once he was on the ground.
The RCMP said they told the plane to land as part of their mandate to protect the prime minister, as it could have posed a security risk.
The banner is part of a Quebec-wide campaign by PSAC to protest federal public service cuts. It had flown without incident in other cities [link added] and has moved on from the capital region.
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Ellen Mauro
#DenounceHarper has been taken to the next level by StephenHarperNousDéteste.ca and PSAC.
ADDED: April 6, 2011
“Not our job to restrict rally access: RCMP
Force reminds officers that only responsibility is to protect leaders”
I think the clarification to “protect leaders” needs further clarification! Protecting Harper from unpleasant messages in the sky about his opinion of unions, is not an RCMP duty! It’s actually the opposite of the duty of a police force in a free country. The RCMP is supposed to protect us from unjust political force.