In what can only be described as positive public relations spin - or just propaganda in this case - the Ontario Police's official Twitter account referred to anti-vaccine, pro-disease protestors as "Freedom Supporters." I'm sorry what? Anti-vaccine protestors have shown themselves to be the least supportive of freedom. This shouldn't come as a shock to … Continue reading Ottawa Police refer to anti-vax protestors as “freedom supporters”
The central issue with invoking the Emergency Act is twofold: First, it is a step too far in consolidating state power against dissenting citizens. Second, police already had the tools they needed to deal with the occupation in Ottawa but chose not to. If the police had exhausted all their options first (which are routinely used against Indigenous and climate change protestors) then Trudeau may have a case. This did not happen.
Public transit is much more than getting from point A to point B. It is implicitly linked to broader societal issues like climate change and social justice. Eliminating user fares would be a great first step in the right direction.