Justin’s dad tram­pled on my free­dom

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Omar Khadr

If I un­der­stand cor­rectly Omar Kadhr was given an apol­ogy and $10.5 mil­lion be­cause his con­sti­tu­tional rights were vi­o­lated. So an ar­gu­ment can be made that ev­ery man, woman, and child alive in Canada on Oc­to­ber 16, 1970 de­serves an apol­ogy and com­pen­sa­tion.

On that date Pierre Trudeau in­voked the War Mea­sures Act. Our present PM’s father gave him­self power to ar­rest any­one and jail Cana­dian cit­i­zens in­def­i­nitely with­out charg­ing them. The act gave Trudeau the pow­ers of cen­sor­ship and con­trol of com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The act gave him the power to ar­rest, de­tain and de­port any­one. It gave him con­trol of all air, sea and land trans­porta­tion. The act gave him the power for the ap­pro­pri­a­tion of any­one’s prop­erty.

The War Mea­sures Act was in ef­fect dur­ing World War 1 to in­tern Cana­di­ans of Ger­man de­scent. Dur­ing World War 2 it was used to im­prison Ja­panese Cana­di­ans and con­fis­cate their prop­erty. In the 1980s com­pen­sa­tion pack­ages and for­mal apolo­gies were given to those af­fected. In WW1 over 16 mil­lion peo­ple died in­clud­ing over 67,000 Cana­dian mil­i­tary per­sonal. Over 60 mil­lion peo­ple died in WW2 in­clud­ing over 43,000 Cana­di­ans.

Al­though only one per­son was killed, Pierre Trudeau used the War Mea­sures Act to hold 497 peo­ple in prison in­com­mu­ni­cado for months, while hold­ing the free­dom of ev­ery Cana­dian up for ran­som. Pierre Trudeau tram­pled on the right to free­dom of ev­ery Cana­dian

I’d like my apol­ogy by next week, and can you pay me my $10.5 mil­lion in Amer­i­can dol­lars please? Thank you. John Lisowski, Hamil­ton

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