HALIFAX (December 24, 2001) – MUCH HYSTERIA has been circulating around North America since the September 11 attacks. Much of it has had little basis in fact, but one threat that has made postal workers justifiably wary is the anthrax scare. Already at least five people have died from this disease in the US from exposure to anthrax delivered through the mail. It is entirely reasonable that Canadian postal workers should be concerned about handling mail in suspicious packages from the United States. Continue reading →
Step Up the Struggle in Defense of Canadian Sovereignty! U.S. Agents Get Out of Canada!
THE Canadian Press reports that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has asked the United States Congress for more money “to increase its permanent presence in Canada to prevent terrorist attacks and deter cross-border crime.”
According to the report, in the Toronto region “FBI agents have supplied a special anti-terrorist unit of police investigators with intelligence on terrorism suspects living in Canada.” It also reports that currently “FBI offices are housed in the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and the U.S. consulate in Vancouver. Continue reading →
Innu women demonstrate in the mid-1980s against NATO overflights and for self-determination for their homeland which they call Nitassinan.
“THE Department of National Defence is considering expanding an aerial bombing range in Labrador to allow pilots from NATO nations to train with so-called smart bombs,” the Canadian Press reported.
“The department has applied to the provincial government for an amendment to the provincial land lease under which the Canadian Forces operates its air weapons range, 120 kilometres southwest of Goose Bay.” Continue reading →
Shunpiking Magazine. December 2001 – January, 2002, No. 40
HALIFAX (19 December 2001) – CANADA is the third largest contributor to the “war on terrorism” after the US and Britain. By mid-February 750 Canadian troops will be deployed in Kandahar “and in outlying areas with a higher chance of conflict,” news sources say. A Department of National Defence (DND) official said the troops, members of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, will work with US troops to secure transportation routes, de-mine roads and help with humanitarian aid. Continue reading →
HALIFAX – ON Monday, December 3, about 100 protesters gathered in the Grand Parade in Halifax to denounce Jean Chretien and the various anti-democratic pieces of legislation, especially the anti-terrorism bill, which the Chretien Liberals are enacting.
Many of the protesters wore masks featuring Bills C-35, C-36 and C-42 with lines drawn through them. Protesters also carried signs and noise-makers. The demonstration showed the growing level of opposition to the escalating repression being brought forward under the banner of “war against terrorism,” even in a NATO port like Halifax, a participant said.
Chretien was in Halifax to speak at a Liberal Party fundraising dinner. In his speech he continued his attempts to defend the legislation by claiming, amongst other things, that it strikes a balance between national security and civil liberties. However, more and more people are seeing through this language, especially those who were involved the various anti-globalization protests and saw first hand what the police do with the powers they already have.
ON NOVEMBER 28, at a press conference at the end of the federal-provincial conference of Justice ministers in Ottawa, Quebec’s Minister of Justice Paul Bégin and Minister of Public Security Serge Ménard said they are opposed to Article 84 of the Public Safety Act, Bill C-42, that gives the Minister of National Defence the power to establish “military security zones.” They said the text of the article is too vague and could lead to abuses. The bill gives “one person the authority to declare an entire territory a military zone,” said Ménard. “When you take into consideration the abuses of such powers towards Quebec in the past in the name of security, it appears unacceptable that such a power be granted to one person deciding alone, without any obligation to consult Quebec authorities,” Ménard continued. “It can give rise to a situation where the Quebec National Assembly, which, should we recall, is situated at less than 500 metres from the Citadel fortress, is placed under federally controlled military zones.”
In the section of Bill C-42 which deals with “military security zones” which can be established in cases of emergencies, an “emergency” is defined as applying to an “insurrection, riot, invasion, armed conflict or war, real or apprehended.” The bill will give the Minister of National Defence the power to establish the zones “if deemed necessary for international relations or defence or national security.” Ménard told reporters that the possibility that such measures would be used to place Quebec under military occupation in the eventuality of a winning referendum on sovereignty is real. He said Quebec’s right to self-determination was directly threatened.
TML Daily thinks this point is valid and beyond doubt. Furthermore, the argument applies to all the provinces which should all take a stand against the proposal to establish “military security zones” anywhere in Canada.
It should be kept in mind that with Bill C-42, the government is giving itself permanent emergency powers where it alone will determine what constitutes an “emergency.” It will do so on grounds of “national security” which, according to the arrangements it is putting in place, it does not have to explain have to anyone. It is a draconian power which tramples underfoot all present constitutional power-sharing arrangements, let alone demands by Canadians that sovereignty be vested in the citizenry, not the ruling political party.
Editor’s Note: Since 9-11, the pro-war Halifax media – with three exceptions (CKDU Radio, Novanewsnet and The Coast) – has distinguished itself by ignoring the views of a growing anti-war movement. This essay on the violation of international law and the geopolitics of the Anglo-American war against Afghanistan in which Canada is participating is based on a speech given by Professor Isaac Saney at the anti-war rally of 20 October 2001 in Halifax. Continue reading →