Thinking equals general concern
Garth Staples tries to enlighten us to the glory of Stephen Harper’s Bill C-51 in his recent letter to this paper (“Renewed vigilance to save enlightened society”). Most of the letter was a history lesson on 1700s French politics and revolution. Then up pops a reference to Mr. Harper’s bill: “PM Harper has asked all thinking and concerned Canadians to join in a renewed vigilance to save our enlightened society from attempts to take us back to the dark ages.”
Now, if I was a sensitive type, I might take that last sentence as a bit of a slam against anyone who might object to the blatant Big Brother aspect of said bill. But I consider myself a ‘thinking and concerned Canadian’ and that is why I’m afraid of the proposed legislation.
And to borrow his trip back to the 1700s, I’ll go back too and quote that wise American, Benjamin Franklin, who said “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Many Canadians are thinking, Mr. Staples, and they are very concerned. Lloyd Kerry Charlottetown