I am amazed by the relative silence on the blogoshere concerning the Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin's report concerning events at the G20. This is an amazing report. I have never seen anything like it in Canadian politics. Not only did Mr. Marin say that the law used by the Government to control the population is illegal but he said that this led to the most extensive violation of human rights in Canadian history! This is huge! The Government of Ontario secretly enacted an illegal and unconstitutional law which in Marin's exact words lead to "a massive compromise in civil liberties." What was particularly disturbing was the suggestion that the Toronto Police were so out of control that the OPP and the RCMP were attempting to distance themselves from them. Really! A police force so full of violent impulses that the RCMP is afraid of them??!! That is truly frightening. This report and the failure of any level of government to respond to it, clearly demonstrates that we are caught in a police state and that the charter has been so dramatically compromised that it has lost all meaning. Of course this report will lead to billions of dollars lost for the Ontario government for false arrest, violations of civil liberties, and for wonton violations of the constitution. But that is years away.
The federal justice minister should immediately issue warrants for the arrest of Bill Blair, Mr. McGuinty and several of his cabinet ministers but the government should also convene a federal judicial panal of important jurists and human rights activists to make recommendations to the federal government on how the Charter of Rights can be redeemed after such a violent and outrageous compromise. This is really it folks. Unless unique and unprecedented steps are taken now to arrest those responsible and enact some federal laws to ensure that such an event could not happen again we might as all well just all move to Burma for all that our civil rights will be worth. If you don't realize now that you live in a police state and that you can be arrested at anytime without charge or without the protection of the Great Writ, then you are foolish and nieve.
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